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Globalstar Unveils Second-Generation Satellite Technology


July 23, 2013

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Communication is the biggest challenge for companies in gas and oil industry. More often than not, they will not have mobile coverage in their work areas and will have to depend on crude communication means.

Helping oil and gas industry to explore the potentials of mobile satellite communications, Globalstar (News - Alert), Inc. has introduced its second generation satellite constellation. The company believes that this new introduction puts it beyond any competitors’ offerings.

The new constellation helps the companies in the oil and gas industry to enhance productivity, and also put more emphasis on the safety of workers. It provides easy access to oil wells that are located in remote northern parts of the western provinces and territories.

The new constellation is powered by solar and it offers two-way data and voice technology. This not only enables easy communication in remote areas, but also saves man hours and efforts, the company claims. Globalstar's satellite voice and data communication solutions are ideal for various requirements of the oil and gas industry, which are characterized by remote, rugged drill operations and exploration.

The Globalstar second-generation constellation will include a communications system of both S and L-band antennas and 32 Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites. Other features include two solar arrays, a trapezoidal body and "bent-pipe" architecture.

“With growing demand for skilled labor and ongoing exploration activity, oil and gas companies are looking for efficient new ways to automate data monitoring, reporting and control tasks, and provide reliable voice and data communications for remote workers," said Jim Mandala, Vice President and General Manager, Globalstar Canada Satellite Co. "With its second generation satellite constellation now in place, Globalstar is positioned better than ever to meet these customers' evolving needs.”

In 2010, the company announced that it was moving its corporate headquarters to Covington, LA. It also moved its product development center, its international customer care operations, call center and other global business to LA.

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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