Thursday, February 12, 2009


As you might have heard, two satellites crashed into each other at a high rate of speed (25,000 mph). One was part of the Iridium network of satellite communication and weighed about 900 lbs, the other was a defunct Russian military communication satellite that weighed about a ton.

cryptogon has dug up some interesting facts about Iridium. It was built by Motorola at the cost of about $5bn, chump change these days, but a lot of money back in the 90s. It soon went bankrupt, and was bought in December 2000 for $25mn by 'private investors'. That same month, the DoD awarded Iridium a $72mn contract.

Read the whole cryptogon post, as he says, it's an excellent description of how sausage gets made.


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