GlobalStar names

From: Edward S Light (
Date: Thu Jan 06 2000 - 11:51:35 PST

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    Leo Barhorst recently wrote ...
    > Reding through Jonathan's Space Report No 417 I wonder why the Globalstar
    > satellites have different names.
    > Up to the 1999-19 launch they were named Globalstar FM44 for example and
    > afterwards the name
    > became Globalstar M047.
    > I suppose FM stands for Flight Model, but what does the M mean?
    I've meant to ask the same questions almost as soon as I began observing
    these objects, but remembering the confusion and attempted-explanations
    in the case of the names of the Iridium objects, I decided to keep quiet.
    If anything, the names of the GlobalStars and Iridiums seem a good example
    of why contributors should always include the COSPAR and/or SPACECOM IDs
    for an object when descibing observations, etc!
    Clear and dark skies!
       Ed Light
    Lakewood, NJ, USA
    N 40.1072, W 074.2317, Hgt +21 m (69 ft)
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