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  • Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story | John Bloom

    Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Bloom
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
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    In the early 1990s, Motorola, the legendary American technology company, developed a revolutionary satellite system called Iridium that promised to be its crowning achievement. Light-years ahead of anything previously put into space, and built on technology developed for Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars", Iridium's constellation of 66 satellites in polar orbit meant that no matter where you were on Earth, at least one satellite was always overhead, and you could call Tibet from Fiji without a delay and without your call ever touching a wire.

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