Globalstar USA and OCENS Launch New Maritime Data Application

Companies Will Showcase Application at Pacific Sail Expo on April 18



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Globalstar USA

    WALNUT CREEK, Calif., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Globalstar USA/Caribbean,
 leading providers of satellite-based mobile communications, and Ocean and
 Coastal Environmental Sensing, Incorporated (OCENS), today announced a new way
 for sailors to get current weather, ocean and Earth information at sea.  Using
 the Globalstar GSP-1600 phone and data cable and modem drivers (provided on a
 CD ROM) with the OCENS Station 2000 weather software, customers can quickly
 and easily access files from OCENS' chart library via the Internet.
     OCENS offers a wide range of software, systems and information services
 geared to delivering the best possible weather and ocean data to the at-sea
 user.  Its core product is the Station 2000 line of weather and ocean
 information packages.  For Globalstar, OCENS has developed special libraries
 to provide rapid access to Internet weather information covering any ocean
 region.  Software tools permit in-depth analysis of the high-quality weather
 charts covering any earth region.  High-resolution satellite imagery is also
 available for selected areas.
     This application serves commercial and sport fishermen who use weather and
 temperature information to determine where to fish, leisure boaters who need
 current weather information, and anyone who requires Earth and weather data
 while in remote locations.
     "The information that can be accessed through the OCENS software gives our
 customers more control and helps them make strong decisions.  The download is
 quick and current; and that can make the difference between a great trip and a
 wasted day," said Dennis McSweeney, vice president and general manager of
 Globalstar USA.  "This is just one example of how specialized data
 applications like this can make an impact across a range of segments."
     In the past, sailors had three choices:  downloading the information
 before heading out, depending on spotty coverage from weatherfax broadcasting
 stations, or purchasing very expensive, bulky satellite communications
 systems.  The GSP-1600 phone is a portable, lightweight alternative and there
 are no additional costs to use Globalstar Internet Access; the time used is
 billed at the regular per minute rate used for voice service.
     "Working with Globalstar USA/Caribbean has given us a way to offer the
 most current charts, buoy data, weather advisories and satellite images to
 boats at sea," said Mark Freeberg from OCENS.  "This new application of our
 software gives all types of marine users a direct link to the information they
 need from water temperature and tides to storm tracking."
     Access to the OCENS database is as easy as using a typical dial-up
 connection on a laptop.  The data transfer runs at 9600 bps and most charts
 are downloaded in under a minute.  Globalstar Internet Access is available in
 major shipping and maritime areas in the United States, Caribbean, and Canada.
     OCENS and Globalstar will participate in the Sail Expo Pacific Show, which
 begins on April 18, 2001, at Jack London Square in Oakland, California.
 Demonstrations of OCENS Station 2000 on the Globalstar system will be
 available and personnel from Globalstar USA and OCENS will be on hand to
 answer questions and take orders.
 
     About Globalstar USA/Caribbean
     As the exclusive Globalstar service providers in the United States and the
 Caribbean, Globalstar USA and Globalstar Caribbean are responsible for
 marketing, selling and distributing mobile satellite communications service,
 including billing and customer care operations, as well as building and
 operating the United States and Caribbean ground stations, or "gateways,"
 which switch calls to and from the satellite to the land-based public switched
 telephone network.  Globalstar USA and Globalstar Caribbean are wholly owned
 subsidiaries of Vodafone Group Plc. (NYSE:   VOD), which is a partner of
 Globalstar Limited Partnership (Nasdaq:   GSTRF), the partnership of the world's
 leading telecommunications service providers and equipment manufactures that
 built, owns and operates the satellite network.  For more information visit
 our website at www.globalstarusa.com.
 
     About OCENS
     OCENS is the maker of OCENS Station 2000 navigational software.  In 2000,
 OCENS Station 2000 received the Freeman K. Pittman Award for Innovation in
 Communications Electronics, an award sponsored by SAIL Magazine.  OCENS
 Station 2000 provides users with current weather and ocean information updates
 provided by using the Internet.  OCENS is an authorized agent of Globalstar
 USA and can be found at www.ocens.com or by calling 800-746-1462.
 
 

SOURCE Globalstar USA
    WALNUT CREEK, Calif., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Globalstar USA/Caribbean,
 leading providers of satellite-based mobile communications, and Ocean and
 Coastal Environmental Sensing, Incorporated (OCENS), today announced a new way
 for sailors to get current weather, ocean and Earth information at sea.  Using
 the Globalstar GSP-1600 phone and data cable and modem drivers (provided on a
 CD ROM) with the OCENS Station 2000 weather software, customers can quickly
 and easily access files from OCENS' chart library via the Internet.
     OCENS offers a wide range of software, systems and information services
 geared to delivering the best possible weather and ocean data to the at-sea
 user.  Its core product is the Station 2000 line of weather and ocean
 information packages.  For Globalstar, OCENS has developed special libraries
 to provide rapid access to Internet weather information covering any ocean
 region.  Software tools permit in-depth analysis of the high-quality weather
 charts covering any earth region.  High-resolution satellite imagery is also
 available for selected areas.
     This application serves commercial and sport fishermen who use weather and
 temperature information to determine where to fish, leisure boaters who need
 current weather information, and anyone who requires Earth and weather data
 while in remote locations.
     "The information that can be accessed through the OCENS software gives our
 customers more control and helps them make strong decisions.  The download is
 quick and current; and that can make the difference between a great trip and a
 wasted day," said Dennis McSweeney, vice president and general manager of
 Globalstar USA.  "This is just one example of how specialized data
 applications like this can make an impact across a range of segments."
     In the past, sailors had three choices:  downloading the information
 before heading out, depending on spotty coverage from weatherfax broadcasting
 stations, or purchasing very expensive, bulky satellite communications
 systems.  The GSP-1600 phone is a portable, lightweight alternative and there
 are no additional costs to use Globalstar Internet Access; the time used is
 billed at the regular per minute rate used for voice service.
     "Working with Globalstar USA/Caribbean has given us a way to offer the
 most current charts, buoy data, weather advisories and satellite images to
 boats at sea," said Mark Freeberg from OCENS.  "This new application of our
 software gives all types of marine users a direct link to the information they
 need from water temperature and tides to storm tracking."
     Access to the OCENS database is as easy as using a typical dial-up
 connection on a laptop.  The data transfer runs at 9600 bps and most charts
 are downloaded in under a minute.  Globalstar Internet Access is available in
 major shipping and maritime areas in the United States, Caribbean, and Canada.
     OCENS and Globalstar will participate in the Sail Expo Pacific Show, which
 begins on April 18, 2001, at Jack London Square in Oakland, California.
 Demonstrations of OCENS Station 2000 on the Globalstar system will be
 available and personnel from Globalstar USA and OCENS will be on hand to
 answer questions and take orders.
 
     About Globalstar USA/Caribbean
     As the exclusive Globalstar service providers in the United States and the
 Caribbean, Globalstar USA and Globalstar Caribbean are responsible for
 marketing, selling and distributing mobile satellite communications service,
 including billing and customer care operations, as well as building and
 operating the United States and Caribbean ground stations, or "gateways,"
 which switch calls to and from the satellite to the land-based public switched
 telephone network.  Globalstar USA and Globalstar Caribbean are wholly owned
 subsidiaries of Vodafone Group Plc. (NYSE:   VOD), which is a partner of
 Globalstar Limited Partnership (Nasdaq:   GSTRF), the partnership of the world's
 leading telecommunications service providers and equipment manufactures that
 built, owns and operates the satellite network.  For more information visit
 our website at www.globalstarusa.com.
 
     About OCENS
     OCENS is the maker of OCENS Station 2000 navigational software.  In 2000,
 OCENS Station 2000 received the Freeman K. Pittman Award for Innovation in
 Communications Electronics, an award sponsored by SAIL Magazine.  OCENS
 Station 2000 provides users with current weather and ocean information updates
 provided by using the Internet.  OCENS is an authorized agent of Globalstar
 USA and can be found at www.ocens.com or by calling 800-746-1462.
 
 SOURCE  Globalstar USA