Online museum opens to commemorate Iridium’s 20th anniversary

Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) unveiled its Iridium online museum, celebrating the challenges and successes of a bold idea that initially failed, but ultimately succeeded and realized its vision, inspiring renewed commercial interest in space. .

The launch of the museum is timely, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the first legal steps taken for the rebirth of Iridium as a modern enterprise, on July 31, 2000. As Iridium continues its legacy of innovation and enters into a new chapter in its history following the success of the Iridium® NEXT launch program, continuous growth and financial transformation, the interactive website commemorates the company’s unique history and offers lessons for other current and future efforts.

The Iridium Online Museum celebrates the entire arc of Iridium’s history, including the very public initial challenges of its establishment and business plan, which were based on providing a unique service from there low Earth orbit (LEO). Amid high expectations, the constellation was a technological success but failed dramatically from a business standpoint.

Visitors can step back in time to experience Iridium’s journey of inventing the world’s first communication system spanning the entire planet, to its eventual commercial success as a multi-service innovation platform with more than 1 , 3 million users and hundreds of technology partners. The museum explores the evolution of the business through an archive of videos, photos and artifacts, and details Iridium’s presence in pop culture and academia over the years.

With a variety of interactive modules, visitors can get a detailed look at the Delta II launcher that carried some of the first generation Iridium satellites and learn about the rocket stage and fairing separations. They can also track the various stages of launching the second corporate constellation, such as performing a slot exchange, safely de-orbiting originating satellites, and activating new services.

Iridium flare enthusiasts can revisit some of the iconic imagery that has captured the imaginations of people around the world with the #flarewell commemorative module. And as the museum continues to evolve, visitors will be able to upload media and share their own stories of Iridium for the chance to contribute to the history of Iridium.

The Iridium Online Museum is a tribute to the thousands of people who have been associated with Iridium over the years. Not just former employees or current associates, but those linked to the Iridium ecosystem of hundreds of companies developing solutions for many different business segments. It’s also for the people who have followed and supported Iridium’s journey, and the inspired risk-takers to create the next big idea.

Executive commentary

Matt Desch

We have developed a lot of wisdom through our history, and we want others to learn from the path we have made and appreciate, understand and be inspired by the story of Iridium., “said Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium. “The boldness of the vision, the challenges the company has gone through, the milestones along the way and the people who have been involved are to be celebrated. ”

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