Sanswire to Test Airship this Week (12/12)
Tuesday, December 12, 2006 | Comments
GlobeTel Communications' Sanswire Networks subsidiary is preparing the Sanswire 2A technology demonstrator stratellite airship for its first open-air float test, anticipated to occur at the end of this week in Southern California. The 2A will ascend into the air with a flight computer, navigation and telemetry systems, propulsion system with special low-altitude propellers to be used for initial flight tests, avionics suite, automated fly-by-wire electro servo actuated flight-control system, backup power systems, antenna suite for GPS and Iridium satellite uplink system, and a ground control/monitoring station and tether system. In other Sanswire news, Lt. Col. Douglas B. Murch of the U.S. Air Force (retired) was named president of GlobeTel Communications' wholly owned Sanswire Networks subsidiary, succeeding Bob Jones who resigned. "Doug's leadership enabled us to move the Stratellite technology demonstrator out of the hangar and into the air for its first float test, and we expect his continued management of the project to keep us on schedule," said Peter Khoury, chief executive officer (CEO).

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