Iridium Satellite and Blue Sky Network Enhance Communications for Aviation Customers

Blue Sky Joins Iridium’s Growing Service Partner Network

ARLINGTON, Va. – September 4, 2002 – Iridium Satellite LLC today announced a service partner agreement with Blue Sky Network, a provider of satellite communications solutions for the aviation industry. Blue Sky joins a growing roster of well-known service partners around the world. Combined, Iridium and Blue Sky enable aviation customers to improve cockpit and cabin communications and enhance overall flight safety.

“The addition of Blue Sky as a service partner supports Iridium’s strategy to develop and market specific products and services to commercial customers, such as those in the aviation sector who require remote communications solutions,” said Gino Picasso, president and CEO of Iridium Satellite LLC. “Blue Sky and Iridium enable pilots and passengers on planes, large or small, to communicate to and from anywhere in the world.”

Blue Sky’s equipment played a pivotal role earlier this year when Charles Lindbergh’s grandson, Erik Lindbergh, re-enacted his grandfather’s famous transcontinental flight. While retracing the original route, Lindbergh encountered dangerous weather conditions, causing his plane to develop wing ice. Using Blue Sky’s equipment and Iridium’s satellite services, he was able to communicate with the mission control center and receive directions to avoid additional weather problems that could have caused further degrading conditions.

Blue Sky’s latest product release is the FAA-certified C-1000 fixed console system which includes a full featured Motorola satellite phone, TSO’d antenna and complete installation kit for about one-fourth the price of comparable systems on the market today. Blue Sky will be featuring its C-1000 and another new product at the upcoming NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL, September 10th-12th.

“Iridium is an integral partner in our mission to bring truly affordable global satcom to the aviation industry,” said Jon Gilbert, president of Blue Sky Network. “We are pleased to be a part of this groundbreaking team.”

About Iridium Satellite LLC
Iridium Satellite LLC, which bought the assets of bankrupt Iridium LLC in December 2000, is the only provider of truly global satellite voice and data solutions with complete coverage of the Earth (including oceans, airways and Polar Regions). Through a constellation of 66 low-earth orbiting (LEO) satellites operated by The Boeing Company, Iridium delivers essential communications services to and from remote areas where no other form of communication is available. The service is ideally suited for industries such as maritime, aviation, government/military, emergency/humanitarian services, mining, forestry, oil & gas and heavy construction. For more information, please visit or call +1 480-752-5155 (internationally) or 866-947-4348 (in the U.S.).

About Blue Sky Network
Blue Sky Network is pioneering affordable, global satellite communications for the aviation industry. With turnkey kits starting at $1,995 and monthly service plans starting at $34.95, Blue Sky is determined to offer aviation customers unbeatable performance and value in satellite communications. Blue Sky Network is a member of aviation associations AEA, NBAA, AOPA, EAA and HAI. The company is headquartered in La Jolla, California. For more information, please visit or call 1-866-SKYPATH (1-866-759-7284).

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