Globalstar launches six satellites
Satellite voice and data services provider Globalstar has launched six second-generation satellites from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Globalstar satellites were launched using the Soyuz-Fregat version of the Soyuz launch vehicle. Globalstar reports that all six satellites have been acquired following separation of the Fregat Upper Stage and release from the satellite dispenser. Globalstar has initiated satellite in-orbit testing and all six spacecraft are operating normally at this time. A total of four launches of six satellites each are being conducted by launch services provider Arianespace. The Globalstar second-generation satellite constellation is designed to support the company’s current lineup of voice, duplex and simplex data products and services including its lineup of SPOT retail consumer products. The satellites are designed to last for fifteen years.