LightSquared SkyTerra 1 Satellite Sends First Signals from Space less than 24 hours after launch

By on Nov 16, 2010 in Cellphone, Technology, World Comments
Image credit: Boeing

According to Boeing website, signals are now being transmitted from LightSquared‘s SkyTerra 1 after its launching at 12:29 p.m. Eastern time on November 14, 2010. The launching was held in Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan using an International Launch Services Proton vehicle. The first contact signals were confirmed at 9:50 p.m. Eastern time by the controllers at the ground station in Hartebeesthoek, South Africa.

The Skyterra-1 satellite carried the biggest commercial antenna reflector in space. The satellite’s 22-meter L-band reflector, will reduce the need for larger antennas and battery-draining receivers inside mobile phones.

LightSquared is scheduled to provide a ground network of terrestrial stations to 90% of the US population by the end of 2015 as approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).



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