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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Iridium NEXT Launch Update: The Third Launch is on for October 4th!

On August 25, 2017, we shared our new target launch date for Iridium-3, provided by SpaceX: Due to the many preparations that take place in advance of a launch, SpaceX needs a few extra days to get ready. Get your espresso machines ready, because we are slotted for an...

Iridium Announces Third Iridium® NEXT Launch Date

Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today that the upcoming Iridium NEXT launch has been targeted for September 30, 2017 at 6:30 a.m. PDT. This launch will deliver another 10 Iridium NEXT satellites to orbit on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and will bring...

Hydrazine – Toxic for humans, but satellites love it.

Hydrazine – Toxic for humans, but satellites love it.

Today’s successful static fire test is yet another significant milestone passed along the way to the second Iridium® NEXT launch on June 25th. And, just like how the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has a sophisticated engine system, Iridium NEXT satellites each have their own...

Saying #Flarewell to Iridium’s Deorbiting Legacy Satellite, SV-40

Saying #Flarewell to Iridium’s Deorbiting Legacy Satellite, SV-40

Twenty years ago, approximately 475 miles above Earth, satellite vehicle number 40 (SV-40) was deployed and began providing voice services for Iridium customers. Throughout these two decades, SV-40 has been a part of the world’s largest global commercial satellite...

The Circumnavigation of Antarctica in the Name of Science

The Circumnavigation of Antarctica in the Name of Science

Project Spotlight: The Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) enabled by Iridium® The Antarctic region contains a wealth of information about the Earth’s weather systems. The ability to successfully conduct research in this part of the world is crucial to the...