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MDA to build 17 satellites to enhance Globalstar’s LEO constellation

MDA also stated that it will build, assemble and test satellites at it's new satellite production facility in Montreal. Globalstar expects to launch the satellites by the end of 2025.

February 25, 2022   by CM Staff

BRAMPTON — MDA Ltd. has been selected as the prime contractor for Globalstar Inc.’s new Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites.

The company said the contract is valued at US $327 million  (approximately $415 million CAD) and includes the design, manufacture, assembly and test of 17 satellites.

The contract also gives options for Globalstar to purchase up to nine additional satellites with flexibility in timing to order such satellites as well as other contractual options. The satellites built by MDA will integrate with Globalstar’s existing constellation, according to the company.

MDA also announced that it will partner with Rocket Lab USA, Inc. on the contract. MDA will act as prime contractor to manufacture Globalstar’s satellites as well as lead the development of the payload and integration. Rocket Lab will lead the development of the spacecraft bus.

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“The expertise and ability of our Satellite Systems team to provide industry-leading innovative and competitive satellite solutions is second to none, and we are honoured by Globalstar’s confidence and trust in selecting MDA as the prime contractor for its new satellites,” said Mike Greenley, CEO of MDA in a statement.

“Combining our deep expertise with new partners like Rocket Lab to bring exciting capability to the rapidly growing LEO constellation market further strengthens our position in the global satellite systems market and demonstrates MDA’s increasing role at the heart of the expanding space economy.”

MDA also stated that it will build, assemble and test satellites at it’s new satellite production facility in Montreal. Globalstar expects to launch the satellites by the end of 2025.


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