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Globalstar M050

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 1999-049B

Description

Globalstars M033, M050, M055, and M058 were the latest to join the American fleet of low orbit satellites that enable links between fixed or mobile phones located far away from cellular networks. With these four, the operational fleet has now 40 satellites. They were launched by a Soyuz-U booster from Baikonur at 14:33 UT. The eventual fleet of 52 (48 + 4 spares?) satellites will be monitored by a global network of 19 ground stations. Eight more Globalstars are due for Soyuz-U launches in October/November 1999.

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1999-09-22
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (United States)

Discipline

  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

 
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