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In the early 1990s, Motorola, the legendary American technology company developed a revolutionary satellite system called Iridium that promised to be its crowning achievement Light years ahead of anything previously put into space, and built on technology developed for Ronald Reagans Star Wars, Iridiums constellation of 66 satellites in polar orbit meant that no matter where you were on Earth, at least one satellite was always overhead, and you could call Tibet from Fiji without a delay and without your call ever touching a wire.Iridium the satellite system was a mind boggling technical accomplishment, surely the future of communication The only problem was that Iridium the company was a commercial disaster Only months after launching service, it was 11 billion in debt, burning through 100 million a month and crippled by baroque rate plans and agreements that forced calls through Moscow, Beijing, Fucino, Italy, and elsewhere Bankruptcy was inevitablethe largest to that point in American history And when no real buyers seemed to materialize, it looked like Iridium would go down as just a science experiment.That is, until Dan Colussy got a wild idea Colussy, a former head of Pan Am now retired and working on his golf game in Palm Beach, heard about Motorolas plans to de orbit the system and decided he would buy Iridium and somehow turn around one of the biggest blunders in the history of business.In Eccentric Orbits, John Bloom masterfully traces the conception, development, and launching of Iridium and Colussys tireless efforts to stop it from being destroyed, from meetings with his motley investor group, to the Clinton White House, to the Pentagon, to the hunt for customers in special ops, shipping, aviation, mining, search and rescueanyone who would need a durable phone at the end of the Earth Impeccably researched and wonderfully told, Eccentric Orbits is a rollicking, unforgettable tale of technological achievement, business failure, the military industrial complex, and one of the greatest deals of all time....

Title : Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story
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ISBN : 0802121683
ISBN13 : 978-0802121684
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : Deutsch
Publisher : -
Number of Pages : 491 Pages
File Size : 574 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story Reviews

  • Dr. Terrence McGarty
    2019-04-25 12:29

    The book by Bloom on Iridium, Eccentric Orbits, is an amazing tale of individual persistence and corporate bumbling. This review is somewhat personal because I had direct contact with Motorola over this period and specifically with many of the principals noted. As to the author's characterization of many of those I knew personally, they were in my opinion "spot on".

  • Tech Historian
    2019-05-11 18:47

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