IRIDIUM SATELLITE INCIDENT
The Iridium Satellite Constellation has lost an operational satellite due to a collision with a non-operational Russian satellite.
Although this event has relatively limited impact on Iridium’s service, the company is taking immediate action to address the loss. The Iridium constellation is healthy, and this event is not the result of a failure on the part of Iridium or its technology.
Iridium have responded very quickly to reroute service around the lost satellite and to work with the various government agencies that track satellites and debris in space to learn all that they can about the event. Iridium are committed to the full restoration of service as expeditiously as possible. The Iridium constellation is uniquely designed to withstand the loss of an operational satellite, and Iridium is taking the necessary steps to replace the lost satellite with one of its in-orbit spares.
In terms of the impact to our customers, some may experience brief outages during the next three days until Iridium are able to re-route traffic that is impacted by the Ka-band link that brings the Iridium constellation’s commercial communications traffic to Earth. Iridium expects to implement this network routing change by Friday 13th Feb 2009.
Over the course of the next 30 days, Iridium expects to move one of its in-orbit spare satellites into the network constellation to permanently replace the lost satellite