Globalstar Plans Six Satellite Launches in May
Published on: 21st Feb 2011
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Satellite phone network operator, Globalstar has announced that it expects to conduct the next launch of six satellites in May plus two additional launches of six satellites per launch within 60 90 days following the previous launch. All three launches will utilize the Russian Soyuz launch vehicle and each will be conducted from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
In October Globalstar successfully launched six new second-generation satellites using the Soyuz.
"As planned, during the orbit-raising of the first new satellites launched in October, we continue to validate our on-orbit acceptance tests and operating procedures for each of the new spacecraft," said Tony Navarra, President, Global Operations for Globalstar, Inc. "Our six-month validation period is being used to confirm our satellite design and performance. Once complete, and barring any unforeseen issues, we will be able to confirm a more specific scheduled launch date."
Globalstar contracted with launch services provider Arianespace for a total of four launches of six satellites each using the Soyuz. Globalstar plans to integrate the 24 new second-generation satellites with the eight first-generation satellites that were launched in 2007, to form a 32 satellite constellation. Globalstar signed a contract with satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space in late 2006 for the design, manufacture and delivery of its second-generation constellation satellites.
The new satellites are designed to support Globalstar's current lineup of voice, Duplex and Simplex data products and services including the Company's lineup of SPOT retail consumer products.