ECCENTRIC ORBITS: The Iridium Story


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ECCENTRIC ORBITS: The Iridium Story

JOHN BLOOM    Book Number: 84205    Product format: Paperback

Sub-titled 'How a Single Man Saved the World's Largest Satellite Constellation from Fiery Destruction', this book was nominated by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten non-fiction books of the year. A big, gutsy and exciting book, it is one of the most accomplished books on business and technology in years. It is the story of Iridium, a revolutionary satellite telephone system launched by Motorola in the early 1990s. Light-years ahead of anything previously put into space, Iridium was a mind-boggling accomplishment that sent waves of panic through phone companies around the world. But only months after launching service, bankruptcy was inevitable, the largest to that point in American history, and it looked like Iridium would go down as just a 'science experiment'. That is until Dan Colussy got a wild idea. A retired former president of Pan Am, he decided buy Iridium and somehow turn around one of the biggest blunders in the history of business. Here John Bloom masterfully traces the development of satellite technology and Colussy's tireless efforts to stop it from being destroyed. It's a tale of innovation, failure, the military-industrial complex, and one of the greatest business triumphs of all time. Rich in larger-than-life characters including shady Cold War operatives and warrior-like executives. 537pp in paperback. Illus.
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ISBN 9780802126788
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