[Satellite TODAY 12-06-12] Globalstar
has returned its second-generation satellite impacted by the momentum wheel issue back to commercial service, the company announced Dec. 5.
“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,” Globalstar Chairman and CEO Jay Monroe said in a statement. “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.”
All of Globalstar’s 18 launched second-generation satellites are now providing commercial service, and with the February 2013 fourth and final launch of six satellites, its second-generation satellite constellation will be complete. The constellation aims to provide high mobile satellite voice quality and fast mobile satellite handset data services at high reliability standards to commercial and government customers in over 120 countries.