www.spaceflightnow.com : Six improved Globalstar craft orbited by Soyuz rocket
...BY STEPHEN CLARK
Posted: October 19, 2010
Globalstar's fleet of orbiting communications satellites received reinforcements Tuesday, when a commercial Soyuz rocket launched from Kazakhstan and deployed six advanced spacecraft to restore the company's diminished two-way voice and data services.
A Soyuz rocket lifts off with six Globalstar communications satellites.
Built by Thales Alenia Space, the satellites are also the cornerstone of a rejuvenated Globalstar constellation. Three more Soyuz launches are planned through the summer of 2011, bringing the company's fleet of second-generation satellites to 24 platforms.
Globalstar officials say the transition to the new satellite fleet will be seamless for the company's 400,000 subscribers, except for a marked improvement in mobile two-way communications service.