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Re: RIP: Iridium



Why??? Someone tell me why they would just de-orbit these? If they are
programable DSP system or other variants there are countless things that
these could be made to do. If not by industry then we should try to convince
whoever it is to let us take at least a few of them for amateur use.

Any takers???

Keith
N1XTK


-----Original Message-----
From: Jon Ogden <jono@enteract.com>
To: Jeff Davis <jeff@jehosophat.com>; AMSAT-BB <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Date: Friday, March 10, 2000 10:44 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] RIP: Iridium


>on 3/10/00 8:47 PM, Jon Ogden at jono@enteract.com wrote:
>
>>> Looks like Iridium will go belly up on March 17 at 11:59pm.
>>>
>>> http://www.motorola.com/satellite/info/
>>>
>>> Perhaps someone will find a creative way to put a commercial flop
>>> constellation
>>> like this to work for amateur radio? :-)
>>
>> If they can't find a buyer, the satellites will be de-orbited.  So unless
>> some wealthy ham puts up the money, these things will be vaporized in a
>> matter of weeks.
>
>Back in 1990 when Motorola first announced this we (in Motorola's
>engineering community) knew it was going to be a flop.  Cellular technology
>was fast taking off and we knew by the time it would be deployed that
ground
>based systems would be in place.  Additionally, Motorola had just sold a
>product group (that I was in) that contained the absolute best microwave
>engineers in the country at that time (No, I don't consider myself to have
>been among that "best" group.  I was fresh out of college at the time and
>found out the hard way about corporate politics and how you are just a cog
>in the wheel!).  We could have designed all the satellite stuff easily.  Oh
>well.....
>
>I love it when I am right!  :-)
>
>73,
>
>Jon
>KE9NA
>
>-------------------------------------
>Jon Ogden
>KE9NA
>
>Member:  ARRL, AMSAT, DXCC, NRA
>
>http://www.qsl.net/ke9na
>
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>
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