Iridium Is Looking A Little Star Crossed

The satellite-phone startup and parent Motorola are bickering

Motorola Inc. has been both mother and father to the satellite-phone system called Iridium. Motorola engineers hatched the idea for Iridium in 1987. The Schaumburg (Ill.)-based company provided the original funding for the 66-satellite system. It led the establishment of Iridium LLC as a separate company, supplied it with a chief executive, and pulled in other companies to finance what it estimates will be the project's $5 billion startup price tag.

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