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Matt Desch: Iridium Next to Help Advance Telecommunications, Air Traffic Control

Matt Desch

TYSONS CORNER, VA, July 11, 2017 — Iridium Communications (Nasdaq: IRDM) CEO Matt Desch has said the Iridium Next constellation will work to support the “renovation” of air traffic control toward the Federal Aviation Administration‘s Next Generation Air Transportation System, ExecutiveBiz reported Monday.

NASASpaceflight.com reported Friday that the company’s effort to replace the original Iridium satellites to provide continued telecommunications services to customers also comes with new capabilities for commercial aviation and a shift from radar-based ATC to a satellite-based system that utilizes GPS and Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast technology.

Desch, an inductee into Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 for 2017, told NASASpaceflight.com that Iridium’s partnerships with customers, support from FAA and buy-in from airlines serve to drive the ATC transformation that is anticipated to benefit trans-oceanic routes, polar air traffic routes and other air traffic corridors.

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