At night 66 of an imagined 77 lights. Excepting interdiction (e.g.: at night by the Klamath either yes or no shooting stars—’Iridium flares’)—this accounts for North Korea, Libya, Sudan, Iran—a network which covers ‘the whole earth’. Al Gore made the first Iridium call in 1998, approximately after I graduated high school, post-NAFTA, post-GATT (Rusty, our guide, often asked about water—do I write about water?), nine months before bankruptcy, before the maybe-de-orbit conversations, before (I asked back: fluidity? or stasis?) new satellites 2010. Latency 1500 milliseconds on a good day from here to ‘the whole earth’, via 485 miles up, between initiation & effect; post-affect & before water wars 20__ this between. The debris: 8120 pieces of space junk float to either burn in fall or burn in flight (or both). Later a trip to Mexico during new passport laws, minutemen building fences to make permanent separation of labor pools (four inter-satellite cross-links—future iterations perhaps optical—avoid dependence on ground stations, making phone calls cheaper). Iridium numbers all start with +8816 or +8817 (the country code for a virtual country)—at night a constellation until 2014. On the riverbank we skipped rocks to make ripple of the flat, I (Rusty narrated his life in terms of simplicity & outside) explained their logic to my brother (roughly 100 minutes pole to pole at 17000 kph), the articulation of surface to surface, angles, trajectories, the imagined end.
DAN THOMAS-GLASS | SATELLITE: IRIDIUM