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Rocket Lab USA, Inc (Nasdaq: RKLB) today announced that it has been selected by MDA Ltd to develop the Satellite Operations Control Center (SOCC) for the growing Globalstar (NYSE American: GSAT) constellation. MDA is the prime contractor for Globalstar’s new Low Earth Orbit constellation.
The SOCC contract builds on the existing relationship between MDA, Rocket Lab and Globalstar established in February 2022 when Rocket Lab was awarded a $143 million contract to design and manufacture 17 spacebuses for new satellites in Earth orbit. bass from Globalstar. These new satellites and the SOCC will complement Globalstar’s existing constellation, providing reliable mobile voice and data services via satellite from space.
The SOCC system will be developed by Rocket Lab’s Ground Data Systems team in Denver, Colorado and based on the MAX Ground Data System (MAX GDS). MAX GDS is used on multiple satellites and constellations, including the DARPA/SDA Mandrake-2 mission involving two spacecraft flying in formation performing optical crosslink demonstrations. The Globalstar SOCC will provide 24/7 monitoring and management of the Globalstar constellation, including:
- Continuous satellite control and monitoring using Rocket Lab’s MAX GDS, a constellation-class ground-based software solution that provides complete spacecraft command and control.
- Satellite orbit determination, maneuver planning, collision avoidance, orbit maintenance and propellant management.
- Satellite status analysis and reporting, anomaly resolution, performance trending, payload monitoring, management and reconfiguration.
“The combination of our proven MAX GDS software and deep expertise in executing demanding and complex assignments makes us an ideal choice for the Globalstar project, and we are honored by the trust MDA has placed in us to ensure success. constant support of our missions for years to come,” said Peter Beck, Founder and CEO of Rocket Lab. “By designing and manufacturing Globalstar’s spacebuses, providing flight and ground software solutions, and developing and by supporting spacecraft operations centers, we are once again executing our strategy to go beyond launch to provide complete space mission solutions.”
The SOCC is designed to support the existing Globalstar constellation and the 17 new satellites. The MAX GDS solution will be deployed in all of Globalstar’s existing network operations and control centers in Covington, LA, Milpitas, CA and Aussaguel, France.
The 17 new Globalstar spacecraft platforms are designed and manufactured at Rocket Lab’s production complex and headquarters in Long Beach, where a new high-volume spacecraft manufacturing line has been developed to meet the growing customer demand for Rocket Lab satellites. The satellite platforms will be delivered to MDA for integration and testing. Leveraging the capabilities of Rocket Lab’s vertically integrated space systems, the satellite platforms feature components and subsystems produced by companies acquired by Rocket Lab, including solar arrays and structures from SolAero Technologies in Albuquerque, New -Mexico, ASI software by Rocket Lab in Denver, Colorado, and reaction wheels from Sinclair Interplanetary in Toronto, Canada. The telemetry and control radio for all spacecraft will also be a C-band variant of Rocket Lab’s Frontier Satellite Radio (Frontier-C).
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Rocket Lab (Nasdaq: RKLB) is a global space leader, providing proven and reliable space services spanning launch, spacecraft manufacturing, satellite subsystems, flight software and in-orbit operations . Since 2018, the company’s Electron rocket has provided a proven and reliable launch for civilian, national security, defense and commercial customers, deploying more than 150 satellites into orbit. Building on the achievements of Electron, Rocket Lab is developing a next-generation reusable large launch vehicle, Neutron, designed for constellation deployment, cargo resupply, and interplanetary missions. Rocket Lab also develops mission-ready spacecraft and satellite subsystems. More than 1,700 spacecraft in orbit feature Rocket Lab technology, including space solar power, radios, separation systems, propulsion, flight software, star trackers and reaction wheels. Based in Long Beach, California, Rocket Lab operates three launch pads at two launch sites, New Zealand, Virginia, and has operations in Virginia, Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico and Toronto. Visit www.rocketlabusa.com.
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