COVINGTON, La., Aug. 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Globalstar, Inc.
(NYSE MKT:GSAT) and its partner, ADS-B Technologies, LLC announced
today that NASA Langley has selected ALAS space-based ADS-B technology
for its two-way communications requirements relative to ongoing R&D
work at the Langley Research Center. ALAS is a simple, low cost
peripheral that is designed to be compatible with virtually any ADS-B
avionics installation. It also does not interfere with the aircraft’s
normal ADS-B transmissions.
NASA requires two-way voice and data communications via Globalstar’s
newest satellite network as well as technical support for the
installation, operation, maintenance, modification and training for the
ALAS system. The ALAS system is the only compatible system with and
complementary to the existing Globalstar voice, data, and subscription
services that NASA Langley has previously purchased. ALAS was primarily
chosen due to the proof of concept of the technology and available data
Globalstar recently completed its latest ALAS test flight across
Canada, the majority of which is not covered by radar or terrestrial
ADS-B, and to date has documented over 13,000 air miles utilizing its
technology. A 7,000-mile demonstration from Alaska to the Gulf of
Mexico and back was completed in September 2014.
“We are extremely pleased with the continued demonstrations of ALAS and
the forthcoming partnership with NASA,” said Skip Nelson, President of
ADS-B Technologies. “With the additional 36 hours from our recent
Trans-Canada flight, we now have almost 100 flight hours of data
demonstrating ALAS performance reporting aircraft position every second
during a flight. ALAS is also a more secure form of ADS-B, since the
nature of the L-Band transmission and the antenna pattern make the
aircraft’s ADS-B position reports virtually impossible to intercept,
jam or deceive.”
“ALAS is a reliable, economical flight tracking solution and we look
forward to working with aviation interests such as NASA to further
leverage this innovative technology,” said Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO
of Globalstar. “With our unique architecture and scalable capacity, the
ALAS system is able to track aircraft effectively and consistently,
second by second.”
For more information on ALAS, please visit Globalstar.com/ADS-B.
About Globalstar, Inc.
Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data
services, leveraging the world’s newest satellite network. Customers
around the world in industries like government, emergency management,
marine, logging, oil & gas and outdoor recreation rely on Globalstar to
conduct business smarter and faster, maintain peace of mind and access
emergency personnel. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various
asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA applications.
The Company’s products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones,
the innovative Sat-Fi satellite hotspot, Simplex and Duplex satellite
data modems, tracking devices and flexible service packages. For more
information, visit www.globalstar.com.
Note that all SPOT products described in this press release are the
products of SPOT LLC, which is not affiliated in any manner with Spot
Image of Toulouse, France or Spot Image Corporation of Chantilly,
Virginia. For more information, visit www.globalstar.com.
About ADS-B Technologies, LLC
Founded in 2004, this privately held Anchorage, Alaska based company
specializes in just one thing – Commercial Engineering and Consulting
services related to the development and deployment of ADS-B and its
companion technologies. ADS-B Technologies was the first company to
successfully demonstrate 978MHz ADS-B on both the Asian and African
continents and today, continues to work worldwide assisting its clients
in the employment of this new technology. For more information visit