U.S. Vice President Al Gore made the inaugural telephone call using the Iridium "Big LEO" satellite system on Sunday, using a handset in the White House Rose Garden to call National Geographic Society Chairman Gilbert M. Grosvenor, great-grandson of Alexander Graham Bell. Gore's call kicked off commercial service for the low Earth orbit satellite communications system, routing his voice through the 66-satellite constellation overhead and back to Earth through a gateway station in ...

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