In June 1990, Motorola publicly introduced an formidable company enterprise known as Iridium. The project’s signature characteristic used to be a constellation of seventy seven satellites in low-Earth orbit which served because the similar of mobile towers, connecting to cellular shoppers less than utilizing instant handheld telephones. As one of many founding engineers famous, the constellation "bathed the planet in radiation," permitting a totally international communications method.
Focusing at the Iridium enterprise, this ebook explores the tale of globalization at a very important interval in US and overseas historical past. because the chilly struggle waned, firms and international locations reoriented towards a brand new international order within which markets, neoliberal ideology, and the suitable of a without borderlines international predominated. As a planetary-scale technological approach, the venture grew to become emblematic of this shift and of the position of the us as geopolitical superpower. In its ambition, scope, demanding situations, and organizing rules, the increase of Iridium presents telling perception into how this new international situation prompted a re-thinking of company practices—on the manufacturing facility flooring, in tradition and data, and in foreign relations.
Combining oral background interviews with learn in company documents, Martin Collins opens up new angles on what international intended within the years earlier than and after the top of the chilly conflict. the 1st booklet to inform the tale of Iridium during this context, A cell for the area is a desirable examine how humans, countries, and firms internationally grappled in several methods with the which means of a brand new historic era.
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