v3.8.0.1
Document and Entity Information - USD ($)
$ in Millions
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2017
Feb. 16, 2018
Jun. 30, 2017
Entity Information [Line Items]      
Document Type 10-K    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2017    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2017    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Trading Symbol GSAT    
Entity Registrant Name Globalstar, Inc.    
Entity Central Index Key 0001366868    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer    
Entity Public Float     $ 971.0
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Voting Common Stock      
Entity Information [Line Items]      
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding (in shares)   1,262,000,000  
Nonvoting Common Stock      
Entity Information [Line Items]      
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding (in shares)   0