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CANADA'S COM DEV JOINS IRIDIUM TEAM

 CANADA'S COM DEV JOINS IRIDIUM TEAM
 CHANDLER, Ariz., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola's Satellite


Communications Strategic Business Unit has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with COM DEV of Canada. Under the MOU, the two companies will collaborate on the initial definition of hardware, software and systems engineering elements of the Ka-Band sub-systems, including the inter-satellite links for the Iridium program.
 The Iridium system is a revolutionary global personal communications program which combines space technology with terrestrial wireless communications expertise. The Iridium system is designed to allow anyone, anywhere in the world to send and receive voice, data and facsimile messages.
 Using a constellation of 77 Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites, orbiting approximately 420 nautical miles above the earth, the system should provide worldwide, hand-held portable and mobile telecommunications coverage. Current plans anticipate the launch of the Iridium satellites to begin in 1994 and the system to be fully operational in 1997.
 As a member of the Iridium team, COM DEV will play an integral role in designing and manufacturing the Ka-band Crosslink Subsystem.
 "COM DEV is a clear leader in the development of Ka-Band communication technology," said Durrell Hillis, corporate vice president and general manager, Motorola Satellite Communications.
 "COM DEV brings important strengths to the Iridium team and their participation is another reminder of the international composition of the Iridium group," added Robert W. Kinzie, chairman, Iridium, Inc.
 "Without a doubt the Iridium system is both visionary and inevitable," said Val O'Donovan, chairman of COM DEV. "For the first time, personal communications will be available -- globally and continuously. It is a particular tribute to Iridium's developers that the system is fully compatible with and complementary to existing communications systems, including cellular and INMARSAT operations."
 COM DEV began developing Ka-Band and millimeter wave communications technology 10 years ago under a contract from the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND). COM DEV, Canada's leading supplier of satellite sub-systems was founded in 1974 and has grown from a $200,000 company in that year to reach expected revenues in 1992 of $70 million dollars. As a globally competitive company, COM DEV has supplied technology for more than 130 international satellites, for which COM DEV received the 1991 Canada Export Award.
 Motorola is one of the world's leading providers of electronic equipment, systems and services for worldwide markets. Products include two-way radios, pagers, cellular telephone systems, semiconductors, defense and aerospace electronics, automotive and industrial electronic equipment, computers, data communications and information processing and handling equipment. Motorola was awarded the first annual Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1988, in recognition for its superior companywide quality management process.
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 /NOTE: Iridium is a trademark./
 /CONTACT: John Windolph of Hill and Knowlton, 202-944-5189, for Iridium, Inc.; or Glen Barney of COM DEV, 519-662-2300, ext. 145/
 (MOT) CO: Motorola; Iridium, Inc.; COM DEV ST: Arizona IN: CPR TLS SU:


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