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Iridium Flies High

I remember when Iridium first came to the fore. The whole idea was to build a global network of satellite communications. Although Arthur C. Clarke invented the concept over a half-century ago, Iridium was still leading-edge stuff.

Now the company is harnessing its network of 66 birds circling the stratosphere to let those in need be found.

I remember 10 years ago I had precious little cell, DSL or cable modem access. And by "precious little," I mean none. And I live in a suburb.

Millions -- billions, actually -- live beyond these bounds. The Iridium program is not for everyone, but is instead designed to let these folks, when in need, call for help.

Posted by Doug Barney on 06/21/2011 at 12:47 PM


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