European governments tell regulators that Iridium’s new satellites interfere with radio astronomy

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Five European governments are asking international regulators to prepare possible sanctions against Iridium Communications based on initial findings of frequency interference of Iridium’s second-generation satellites with radio astronomy services.

The governments — the Czech Republic, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland — said tests of the initial fleet of Iridium Next spacecraft show interference with radio astronomy, in violation of Iridium’s U.S. and international frequency assignments.

Iridium has responded that operational enhancements with Iridium Next are already showing reduced out-of-band emissions and interference, and . . .

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