30 October, 2020

The Iridium Link

Talk, page or fax data to any destination on Earth from a handset

The Iridium Link
This isn’t science-fiction. Come September next year, from a handset and personal number, you can talk, page, fax and transmit data to any destination on earth. Through a grid of 66 planet-girdling satellites of Iridium LLC, the worldwide $4.5-billion consortium. The first three satellites are poised for launch aboard a McDonnel Douglas Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The others will go up by the first quarter of ’98.

Apart from the niche market—the global business traveller—Iridium phones (the brainchild of Motorola Satellite Communications Division) will prove useful for disaster relief teams and other services such as border patrol and drug enforcement. No matter where you are, if you have an Iridium phone you can be reached anywhere, as long as you’re above water level.

Iridium will be far ahead of cellular services. Cellular communications have limitations, with different technical standards in the various regions. Though cellular companies are establishing roaming agreements worldwide, there are still areas devoid of cellular...



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