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RE: Re: Globalstar



Orbcomm filed chapter 11 a while ago. Even though they don't do voice, just
data.
Of all the networks, I was willing to bet that Orbcomm had the most chances
to make it, but it seems like someone in Orbital wanted to build a small
satellite constellation with a large satellite cost structure. Their cost
per bird was really high and the contracts coming in too slow.
Its really interesting that the current buzz word in the space industry is
still "leo constellations", but just like the old joke about teenagers and
sex: "no one knows how to do it right, no one admits to not doing it right,
yet everyone thinks they should be doing it"
It seems like Teledesic, which started out with a concept of >700 birds is
now down to several dozens. It also seems like the  lack of commercial
viability has not deterred them or others to continue. I guess this might be
the new gold rush for the post dot com era.
Assi 4x1kx/kk7kx


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org]On
Behalf Of Eric Rosenberg
Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2002 1:06 PM
To: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Globalstar


Both systems I presume Bob is talking about (Iridium Satellite and
Globalstar) are operating and viable.

Chapter 11 doesn't mean they've gone away (I work for Iridium
Satellite).  By no means.

73,
Eric W3DQ
Washington, DC


At 12:00 AM 2/17/02 -0800, you wrote:
>Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2002 17:07:35 -0500 (EST)
>From: Bob Bruninga <bruninga@usna.edu>
>Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Globalstar
>
> > Globalstar has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection...
>
>Two down... how many to go?
>People won't use high priced handheld satellite access when they dont
>need it 99.99% of the time....
>
>Unless its free...
>
>Come join us on PCsat, ISS, UO-14, AO-27, Sapphire,
>AO-16, all of which can communicate to/from HT's...
>
>See my same'ole tune http://www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/astars.html
>
>de WB4APR, Bob

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