(Satellite News via NewsEdge) Alcatel Alenia Space and Globalstar have signed an initial authorization-to-proceed agreement to start work on Globalstar's second-generation satellite constellation.
The preliminary contract calls for the negotiation of a definitive contract, due to be signed Nov. 15, for Alcatel Alenia Space to construct 48 low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites weighing about 500kg apiece, at an overall price tag of 7.7 million euros ($9.7 million).
Once signed, the definitive contract will stipulate that Alcatel Alenia Space, as prime contractor, will design, manufacture and deliver the Globalstar satellites as well as related work including launch-support services and operations-support services.
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