Case | HBS Case Collection | December 2000 (Revised November 2001)

Rise and Fall of Iridium, The

by Alan D. MacCormack and Kerry Herman


Examines the history of Iridium Communications, a provider of mobile satellite services. Discusses the genesis of Iridium's technical design, then follows the venture through various stages of development. Describes Iridium's attempts to build a subscriber base after the launch of commercial service, ending with the company's filing for Chapter 11 in 1999.

Keywords: Technology; Business Model; Business Growth and Maturation; Organizational Structure; Mobile Technology; Telecommunications Industry;


MacCormack, Alan D., and Kerry Herman. "Rise and Fall of Iridium, The." Harvard Business School Case 601-040, December 2000. (Revised November 2001.)