Re: Iridium Problems

Keith Stein (
Thu, 23 Jul 1998 19:17:45

posted on 7/22/98 at 20:35 UTC by Keith Stein 

Motorola Satellite Communications announced
today that two Iridium satellites have
experienced hardware failures in orbit.

Iridium "SV 44" and "SV 71" experienced a
"hardware failure" and will not be available to
participate in the operational constellation. 

This brings the total number to operational
satellites to 65 of the 66 needed to complete
the constellation and begin service in

A total of seven satellites have been taken out
of operational service in orbit since the first
launch in May 1997.

At 04:42 PM 7/23/98 +0000, you wrote:
>    CNBC reported today that 2 Iridium satellites have failed
>recently and Iridium Corp may not be able to make
>their projected Sept 23 startup of their satellite communications
>network.  Maybe this is why some listees are having
>problems viewing some sats, particularly Iridium 71.
>    They did not specify which sats had failed,
>but that it had occurred quite recently.
>41.087N  80.722W 330 meters
>Mike DiMuzio
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