Iridium Helps Monitor and Protect Rare Species Around the Globe

In recent years we have seen a massive increase in the illegal wildlife trade. In the past 40 years 95% of the world’s rhinos were killed. More than 100,000 African elephants have been poached in the last three years and 97% of the world’s wild tigers have been lost...
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On a World–Record Balloon Journey Across the Pacific with Iridium

Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev set off from Japan in their helium-filled balloon on January 25, 2015 and landed off the Mexican coast six days later. They broke two world records and they say that Iridium® was a big part of their success. The records that the two...
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Enabling Vital Trade Routes with Critical Communications in Nepal

Guillermo (Willie) Benegas and his twin brother Damian lead Benegas Brothers Expeditions, and were guiding an excursion on Everest when the first earthquake struck Nepal. As the expedition quickly turned from adventure to rescue mission, the team developed a plan to...
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Testing & Validating In Preparation for the “Slot Swaps”!

Testing & Validating In Preparation for the “Slot Swaps”!

After a successful first launch, the next order of business is ensuring that each of the first ten satellites successfully arrived in orbit and telemetry has been received.  Iridium is proud to share that all ten Iridium NEXT satellites have successfully been deployed...

Revving our Engine – Static Fire Test Complete

Revving our Engine – Static Fire Test Complete

Yesterday, all eyes at Iridium and SpaceX were focused on Vandenberg Air Force Base’s SpaceX launch pad. With great anticipation, team members observed the static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket that will deliver the first ten Iridium NEXT satellites to orbit....