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IRIDIUM RETAINS PUBLIC SERVICE SATELLITE CONSORTIUM AS LIAISON WITH WORLDWIDE DISASTER ASSISTANCE COMMUNITY

 IRIDIUM RETAINS PUBLIC SERVICE SATELLITE CONSORTIUM
 AS LIAISON WITH WORLDWIDE DISASTER ASSISTANCE COMMUNITY
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Iridium, Inc., the Washington- based subsidiary of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), today announced that it has contracted with the Public Service Satellite Consortium (PSSC), a Washington and New York-based non-profit organization, to serve as its liaison with the disaster assistance community worldwide. According to Robert W. Kinzie, chairman, Iridium, Inc., the Iridium network "will be a global personal communications system with the potential to revolutionize the way in which disaster relief and assistance are delivered throughout the world."
 Dr. Louis A. Bransford, president, PSSC, said, "It has long been the hope of the disaster assistance community to have a communications technology available which is affordable, reliable, portable and, by its nature, capable of connecting anyone, anywhere in the world with anyone else in the world simply by dialing direct. Iridium is that system."
 The Iridium system is a proposed low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite- based network which will provide communications to meet the particular needs of the disaster assistance community.
 When local facilities are rendered inoperative, as in many disaster and emergency situations, the Iridium system, using small hand-held portable units, is designed to provide universal number portability -- that is -- the network will locate and communicate with the phone wherever it may be -- for truly global reach. Whether such capability simply does not exist or conventional services have been rendered inoperative because of a disaster, the Iridium system will establish vital communication links to save lives and speed relief efforts. The implementation of disaster warning, relief and management systems through Iridium would apply to a wide variety of emergency situations including floods, earthquakes, forest fires, plane crashes or train wrecks.
 The Iridium system is scheduled to initiate service in 1996 with full operation planned for 1997. The two major elements of the Iridium system are 1) the space segment -- a satellite constellation of 77 low-earth orbit satellites in seven different polar orbits, and 2) the Iridium subscriber units (ISUs) -- light weight, low power and hand-d? phones designed to provide two-way voice, data, facsimile, radiodetermination, position location and paging capabilities. The ISUs will resemble small, lightweight portable cellular telephones, including their own internal power units.
 For Iridium or any other universal telephone system to succeed, however, countries worldwide must agree on spectrum allocation, an issue to be deliberated at the forthcoming World Administrative Radio Conference, Feb. 3, 1992, through March 3, 1992, in Torremolinos, Spain.
 PSSC's involvement in the field of disaster assistance dates back to the six month United Nations study on the applications of technology to disaster relief in 1979. In 1991, PSSC was commissioned to carry out "A Review of the Effectiveness of Communications During and Shortly After the Loma Prieta, California Earthquake." In 1990, PSSC was commissioned by the United Nations Disaster Relief Organization (UNDRO) to organize an "International Conference on Disaster Communications," held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. PSSC also convened a "Symposium on Disaster Communications" in conjunction with the state of California as part of Earthquake Awareness Week, Ontario, Calif., in 1990. It has worked closely on disaster-related matters with the Pan-American Health Organization, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and NASA.
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 /NOTE: Iridium is a trademark./
 /CONTACT: Dr. Louis A. Bransford of the Public Service Satellite Consortium, 703-979-0801; or Mary Jo Manning of Hill and Knowlton, 202-944-5109, for Iridium, Inc./
 (MOT) CO: Iridium, Inc.; Motorola, Inc.; Public Service Satellite
 Consortium ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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