Dec. 1, 2011: Globalstar, Inc. announced plans to launch six new second-generation satellites on December 25th. Globalstar made the decision after consulting with satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space and has been informed by launch services provider Arianespace and their Roscosmos team partners that the launch is now confirmed.
"We are very pleased to announce that we are proceeding with our launch plans for a December 25th launch date," said Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar, Inc. "Once successfully completed, we will be only one launch away from completing our four second-generation satellite launches and restoring the industry's highest quality satellite service".
This will be the third launch of Globalstar's second-generation constellation satellites. Globalstar currently expects to complete the fourth launch in the first half of 2012. The Company initially launched six new satellites in October of 2010 and six additional satellites were launched in July of this year. In order to reduce the risk of any possible momentum wheel issues, and based on a recommendation from Thales Alenia Space, one satellite originally scheduled for the third launch is being replaced by another spacecraft already at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site.
Additionally, the Company announced that the third satellite from the second launch in July is now operational and is providing improved mobile and data services to its global customer base. The remaining three satellites from the July launch are expected to be placed into service over the coming few months.