THE WEEK IN BRIEF: Iridium collapses

A network of 66 satellites is set to crash into the sea following the collapse of US-based communications company Iridium. Formed by Motorola in 1991, Iridium launched the satellites in 1997 and 1998. They have a lifespan of about five years and adjustments will be made to their orbits to ensure they burn up in […]

A network of 66 satellites is set to crash into the sea following the collapse of US-based communications company Iridium. Formed by Motorola in 1991, Iridium launched the satellites in 1997 and 1998. They have a lifespan of about five years and adjustments will be made to their orbits to ensure they burn up in the atmosphere. Up to 50,000 users will be left with mobile phones that no longer work.