Globalstar, Inc., today announced that it has returned to commercial service the satellite affected by the momentum wheel issue. This satellite was originally launched in October 2010 and removed from service in early 2011. As a result, all 18 of Globalstar's launched second-generation satellites are now providing commercial service.
Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar, Inc., added, "After more than a year of development, Globalstar and Thales Alenia Space completed the software engineering, uploaded and tested the solution, and then successfully returned the affected satellite to commercial service. The solution not only permitted this satellite to return to service but also provides a fix for similar problems that may happen across our constellation. Once again, I would like to thank all the Globalstar and Thales engineers and their respective teams for this collaborative solution."
Globalstar is on the threshold of completing the launch and deployment of its new second-generation satellite constellation. Three of four launches consisting of six satellites per launch have been completed with the fourth and final launch of six satellites scheduled for early February of 2013. Once the new constellation is fully deployed, the Company expects to provide the world's finest mobile satellite voice quality and the fastest mobile satellite handset data services at high reliability standards to commercial and government customers in more than 120 countries.