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Never A Dull Moment

I frequently use this phrase to describe my life; between GlobaFone, travel, family events, community service and relaxation time, there is….well, you get the idea. The satellite industry is the same.

If you’ve visited the new GlobaFone website, you’ll see/hear in the main page video that ‘there is plenty going on’. How true. Here are a few examples:

IRIDIUM: Now that the financing package has been completed and signed Thales Space is going to ramp up production and build 81 NEXT Iridium satellites. This of course will bring Iridium up to the estimated 2014/2015 launch of NEXT.

GLOBALSTAR: Last Tuesday held a landmark event for the satellite phone provider as the Soyuz rocket carried six satellites in the first of four launches into orbit. The three remaining launches will add 18 more satellites so the new constellation will consist of 32 satellites. Over the next year, there will be a noticeable improvement to coverage and connectivity on Globalstar phones. The simplex data service is working just great, as demonstrated by the strong numbers coming from the SPoT division. And there is now an intrinsically safe SPoT available for workers who need one-way messaging and tracking in a potentially hazardous environment.

INMARSAT: Not to be out-done by the implied rivals to the iSAT Phone, Inmarsat had announced recently the development of a new constellation for some years out. This follows on the completion of the I-4/BGAN launch completed just two years ago. Unfortunately the iSAT Phone has met what I consider to be expected results; it works great near the equator, not too well north or south.

TERRESTAR: Having announced the launch of the Genus phone just weeks ago, they have filed Chapter 11. This must be a record – it Both Globalstar and Iridium took at least a year to get to that point back in 1999/2000. Both have recovered and done well so we’ll see what the future holds for this cell/satellite phone hybrid. Unfortunately the initial reviews of the satellite capability are not too favorable in terms of the time it takes to set up and actually make a satellite call. And with an embedded antenna, one would think pointing in the right direction to the GEO satellite might be a difficult. We’ll see what comes of their move to bankruptcy protection.

Yes, there is never a dull moment in this business. Constant change is the norm and exciting developments continue to shape the industry. As they happen we’ll keep you up to date.

Thanks for reading today.

Globalstar Satellites Arrive!

Good Day,

Two weeks I wrote about some exciting news about ; the first three satellites for the new constellation had been completed and accepted by Globalstar. Now they have been delivered to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan where they will be launched with three other satellites in October. Click to watch the delivery. Thales Alenia Space is under contract to build all 40 new for Globalstar.

This is a substantial step in Globalstar restoring full service to their subscriber base, expected by June 2011. Globalstar offers high-quality voice and data satellite service through their satellite phones and data devices. SPoT, the award-winning satellite personal tracker uses Globalstar’s simplex data service to save lives.

is a Globalstar Star Dealer and we look forward to restoration of service.

Simple Physics

Maybe this title is an oxymoron but it does describe the theme of this post and I didn’t need to study physics to understand the basic principle:

An object at rest stays at rest, an object in motion stays in motion.
Once something has momentum, it will only stop when met with a force greater than its own force.   Yet I digress….

Iridium continues its movement by finalizing its NEXT financing and announcing that despite lower hardware sales, the 2011 forecast remains positive on the subscriber side.  Given the pending Globalstar re-deployment in 2011, the phone launch, Terrestar and the coming Skyterra launch, this is an exceptional forecast.  The motion continues….has deployed the first of six new satellite and successfully made test calls.  This remains one of the most amazing stories in the segment.  From the near disaster of announcing that the constellation was dying to an award-winning device that created a segment to a successful test call, Globalstar has show incredible resilience by staying in motion and forging ahead, despite the forces pushing back.

The Skyterra antenna has been deployed and they are back on track.  They did have the minor glitch of the antenna not unfolding, however their motion was enough to overcome that obstacle.

Today it IS all about Globalstar!

Remember where you were on February 7, 2007? It was a day that brought hugely impactful news to the business.

The constellation had been damaged and service was going to deteriorate until they launched the new constellation. But that was in two to three years, such a long time….

had just launched the smallest in the world, the GSP 1700 six days earlier. This phone is the size of my Blackberry and it was very cool. It also carried a very competitive price tag. How could this be happening?

That unfortunate chapter ends today: In just a few hours a rocket will blast off carrying six brand new satellites into space. They will join eight existing, second generation birds that have been carrying service for the past 18 months or so. The estimate is that by June of next year, service will be back to 50% and in a year we’ll see a resurgence of 95% of Globalstar’s top quality voice service (and it really is top quality service).

The new constellation brings much more functionality that we will outline in future posts. Other noteworthy items:

Globalstar will offer the for just $500 and unlimited voice and data service for just $20 a month!

This program is by far the best deal in the business and designed with one goal – Bring back subscribers. We’ll keep you posted as to the terms and valid dates but if you have even been considering buying a Globalstar phone, now is the time.

So, today, 2 1/2 years after some very bad news, we bring you some very good news: countdown to launch and new pricing for phones and service.

Great Globalstar Expectations

“There are 813 things that have to go right; we’re on number 6”

This loose paraphrasing of Tom Hanks’ Jim Lovell in ‘Apollo 13’ seems to hold true for any massive project.

pending launch next Tuesday is but one step in their massive project of restoring . Lives may not be directly at stake as there were on Apollo 13, but there definitely is a sequence of ‘things’ and many, many, interested parties pulling together to make it all happen.

Among those ‘things’ – the specific events:
1. The payload of the first six satellites has been encapsulated in the protective payload fairing. This means they are one step closer to flying.
2. The October 19 launch date which is the first of four launches that will send the 24 second generation satellites into orbit. Launch time is 2: 10 PM Eastern Time, 11:10 AM Pacific time, at Globalstar’s headquarters.

These 24 satellites will join the eight satellites already flying and providing service.

There will be three other launches of six new satellites each, and then hours of maneuvering, testing, deploying and plenty of heartburn moments. However, in the end, as the 813 things go right, Globalstar will bring thier service back ion-line! We are most enthusiastic about Globalstar’s prospects to restore their service by the estimated June 30, 2011 date.

Restoring Globalstar’s mobile satellite voice and data services will be a great development for businesses, governments and consumers that rely on their satellite phones for emergency and non-emergency communications. And, it will take place just around the time that hurricane season gets started next year.

provides excellent service and very good coverage around the world. It is not completely global, yet it does cover close to 90% of the world’s population.

So we have great expectations that will fly again as the sequence of ‘things’ all come to fruition.

Thanks for reading.

Improvise, Adapt, Overcome!

In the movie ‘Heartbreak Ridge’ Clint Eastwood’s character Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway espouses these words to describe how his Marines operate – Ooh-Rah! Simple words with a powerful message.

There are always several ways to look at a situation and once you change how you look at a situation, that situation will change. Case-in-point; Globalstar announced in Feb 2007 that the constellation had suffered radiation damage and would eventually stop connecting voice calls. A fatal blow? Some prophesized that Globalstar would be the first double casualty of the MSS sector.

Globalstar had other plans.

The SPoT Personal Satellite Messenger was born and not only did it create a new product segment, it won award after award. It has now has been named TIME Magazine’s list of top 100 greatest and most influential gadgets

. Globalstar has successfully launched the first six of 24 new satellites and expects full voice service reliability by December 2011. That’s quite a turnabout from those who would have suspected that Globalstar would fold. Improvise, Adapt, Overcome!

It is a simple shift of view. The Apollo 13 ground crew said, “What do we have on the ship that works?” Change how you look at something and what you’re looking will change. What did Globalstar have on the ‘ship’ that worked? Simplex data worked 100% and a new product was born. True innovative thinking at its best.