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Re: Iridium is NOT dead



Very interesting Jon...

So, who is going to use Iridium?  Only the Pentagon?  Or will services be
sold to the public once again, too?

73,
Frank
wb2bxo@amsat.org

----- Original Message -----
From: Jon Ogden <na9d@mindspring.com>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2000 10:23 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] 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:
>
> ------
>
>
> 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.
>
> -------
>
> Just thought it's a good piece of satellite news.
>
> 73,
>
> Jon
> NA9D
>
> -------------------------------------
> Jon Ogden
> NA9D (ex: KE9NA)
>
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>
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