Iridium satellites are supposed to burn up
Motorola has now released the 74 satellites of the Iridium satellite mobile phone system to burn up in the earth's atmosphere. The reason is; No investor was found to save the satellite system, other purposes than the satellite cell phone would have been conceivable.
Already in March Iridium had gone bankrupt and it was hoped that someone would take over the satellites save the cost of annealing (totaling $ 50 million). It was clear from the start that it would not be easy for Iridium. The idea of being available worldwide is not bad, but far too expensive. One minute of conversation is said to have been 8 euros and the cell phones were significantly larger than the common GSM cell phones. And so the failure of Iridium was inevitable.