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Iridium is NOT dead



Hi all,

Just read on Yahoo news that Iridium is not dead.  The Pentagon has stepped
in an backed a deal that involves Boeing.  Here's an excerpt:

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Defense Department said on Wednesday it was
stepping in to prevent $5 billion worth of Iridium communications satellites
from falling to Earth and triggering possible ``widespread anxiety.''

Staving off a fiery end to the 66-satellite necklace and its spares, the
Pentagon (news - web sites) awarded a projected two-year, $72 million
communications contract to seal a new ownership deal worked out in a New
York bankruptcy court.

The new owners, led by Dan Colussy, president of Pan American World Airways
from 1978 to 1980, have contracted with Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA - news) to take
over operation of the system from electronics giant Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT
- news), Pentagon officials said.

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Just thought it's a good piece of satellite news.

73,

Jon
NA9D

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Jon Ogden
NA9D (ex: KE9NA)

Member:  ARRL, AMSAT, DXCC, NRA

http://www.qsl.net/ke9na

My President is George W. Bush -> The legal winner in Florida

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