Headlines > News > Six second-generation satellites are readied for Soyuz launch from Baikonur

Six second-generation satellites are readied for Soyuz launch from Baikonur

Published by Matt on Wed Sep 8, 2010 12:34 pm via: Arianespace
Share
More share options
Tools
Tags

The launch campaign for Arianespace’s upcoming Soyuz mission for Globalstar has entered a new phase as all six spacecraft are now at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Two Globalstar second-generation satellites are shown during the fueling preparation sequence in Starsem’s Baikonur Cosmodrome facilities.  The spacecraft at right is mounted on the dispenser. Credit: Arianespace

Two Globalstar second-generation satellites are shown during the fueling preparation sequence in Starsem’s Baikonur Cosmodrome facilities. The spacecraft at right is mounted on the dispenser. Credit: Arianespace

The mission’s three remaining satellites were delivered last week – joining the initial three that have been at the Cosmodrome since August 11 for their final checkout, and fueling.

One of the spacecraft has already completed these steps, and is now integrated on the conical-shaped dispenser that will carry the six-satellite cluster for deployment in a 920-km. circular orbit, inclined 52 deg.

Scheduled for a liftoff on October 19, this milestone mission will use a Soyuz 2 version of Russia’s workhorse launcher.  Arianespace has been contracted – via its Starsem affiliate – to conduct four Soyuz 2 launches carrying six satellites each, further building Globalstar’s constellation with these 24 second-generation spacecraft.

No comments
Start the ball rolling by posting a comment on this article!
Leave a reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.
© 2014 The International Space Fellowship, developed by Gabitasoft Interactive. All Rights Reserved.  Privacy Policy | Terms of Use