Last Gasp for Iridium?

From: chester.geoff@usno.navy.mil
Date: Mon Mar 13 2000 - 11:48:19 PST

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    A cryptic message on Motorola's web site:
    
    http://www.motorola.com/satellite/info/
    
    It basically warns customers that service will cease on 17 March at 23:59
    EST unless somebody comes along and bails out Iridium LLC by 15 March
    (Beware the Ides...)
    
    It also states further down the page that should the bankruptcy court ask,
    Motorola will begin to "decommission" the satellites...whatever that
    means...possibly beginning as early as 15 March.
    
    Geoff
    
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