Satellite of the month -- Iridium

Iridium is a communications satellite developed by Motorola. Actually, Iridium is designed as a system of satellites. There will be 66 Iridium satellites in all that will provide mobile telephone and paging services worldwide. Anyone with an Iridium telephone will be able to make calls to and from anywhere on Earth.

Last year, Motorola began launching its satellites into low earth orbit. As of January 1st, 1998 there were 46 satellites already in position. Additional launches will take place early this year. Global service is scheduled to begin in 1998. Stay tuned for updates on Iridium's status.


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