By Retired Air Force Gen. Lance W. Lord: The 2010 National Space Policy calls for the use of inventive, nontraditional arrangements for acquiring commercial space services, including measures such as hosted government payloads aboard commercial spacecraft.
A satellite phone can be a critical lifeline during natural disasters. As the Eastern US prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Irene, Iridium urges our partners and customers to test their phones and be prepared.
Leave it to the teenagers to demonstrate successful texting in space. In May, Iridium partner Satwest, NASA and students at Mesa Middle School in Las Cruces, New Mexico took part in an experiment to send continuous text messages to a satellite phone onboard the UP Aerospace sounding rocket as it flew into space.
Iridium is playing an important role in the battle against the Somali pirates that’s disrupting trade in the waters off the Horn of Africa, as well as other pirate hotspots in the world.