ENCLOSED is the preliminary e-mail letter sent to iridium.com et al. Under NEMO directive project Lanthus, the (former) Iridium (to be Lanthus) Constellation shall be operated as an omni-national digital-flight-path-data-link between Air Traffic Control centers and aircraft platforms (having fly-by-wire interfaces in situ), as well as their major aircraft manufacturers and operators (airlines), for maintainance and observation of digital satellite communications security. In an era of anti-terrorism, this is PRIORITY ONE.
A review of your current assets and liabilities incorporated in the operational utility of the Iridium development plan, suggests that your major "failing" [I use that word politely] is the public need and competition for the very cheap international telephone rates, and comparatively (factor-of-4x) cheaper cellular-phone system rates improving particularly under the CDMA advantages promoted by QualComm's Jacobs and Viterbi - you basically had no chance in that market.... history aside, therein await potential markets for secure distributed communications of any realistic viability - which you have demonstrated. And to this I direct your immediate attention: The United States in the next decade needs to replace its entire ATC, Air-Traffic-Control System. The problems are languages and tracking, reliability and security (anti-terrorism). This can be achieved by digital secure ATM-to-A/C flight-path-data C4, computer-communications-command-and-control.
And, this is what and where you must reestablish Iridium's purpose. You'll need to re-identify your market as digital secure data primarily, digital voice secondarily. Get the airlines, airport air-traffic-control authorities, the FAA, and NASA interested in this new-generation reliability "responsibility" gambit; Also get the Russians, RKA, British, Hotol, French, Germans, Japanese, Chinese, all airlined nations, in, on this. Get all their aircraft, LEO, Low Earth Orbit space stations, OFT, Orbit-Ferry-Tugs, Mir, and Shuttles wired for secure-digital-platform-flight-path-data (uploading)... (if however) failing this, you must repoint the constellation, declare it foundering, set the lock, and, sell me the salvage rights and key for $1.... We intend to act in the interest of competent USA [public] national security.