Wayne T Hally <email@example.com> said: >Just a thought for all of us here. What if, as seems rather likely, the >Iridium Consortium goes bankrupt and no longer has the money to control >their satellites. While there may be some benefit for radio atronomy, can >you imagine the horror for visual satronomy with over 200 uncontolled >mirrors capable of reflecting -8 magnitude flashes anywhere in the sky I wouldn't worry about it too much. When companies go out of business completely there's usually an attempt to make an orderly shut down (you don't want to leave the lights on and water running when the final person leaves the building). But more important in the case of Iridium is that the operational satellites in orbit are an extremely valuable asset. If Iridium does go bankrupt then it's highly unlikely that the decision will be made just to abandon the satellites in orbit. In all likelyhood (some accountant type correct me here) either Iridium will continue to operate in some form with bankrupty protection or whatever investors or banks get the title to the satellites will attempt to use them in some form or other. Philip Chien, KC4YER Earth News world (in)famous writer, science fiction fan, ham radio operator, all-around nice guy, etc.