Re: iridium 77?

Ron Lee (ronlee@pcisys.net)
Sun, 21 Jun 1998 11:42:52 -0600

At 09:01 AM 6/21/98 -0700, you wrote:
>Someone posted a message saying that the Iridium satellite series was named
>Iridium because the number of satellites equaled the atomic number of
>iridium 77. Is this true? Are they planning to have 77 in orbit and 66
>functioning?
>
>
>Dale Ireland  47.7N 122.7W

If the atomic number is correct then I believe the ORIGINAL number was 77.

Obviously subsequent analysis determined that 66 operational SVs would be 
adequate.

Ron Lee