Motorola Inc., the primary backer of bankrupt satellite venture Iridium, is in the process of creating a schedule to decommission Iridium's 66 low-earth orbit satellites. "There is no time frame for when we'll finalize decommissioning," Motorola spokesman Scott Wyman says.
A bankruptcy court in March gave Motorola permission to decommission the Iridium satellite network. Since March, Motorola has spent several million dollars every month to maintain the network, Wyman says. He wouldn't give details on the decommissioning process, which observers believe will likely involve the Iridium satellites being left to burn up in Earth's atmosphere. The process could take up to two years, according to observers.