2007-09-09 - Globalstar Ariane launchesGlobalstar choses Arianespace to launch its second-generation constellation
Großauftrag für Arianespace<br /> Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, and Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar Inc., announced the signing of a firm Service & Solutions contract for four launches, along with an option on four additional launches.
The first of the four firm launches is planned for the summer of 2009 by a Soyuz launcher operating from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. The Soyuz will inject six Globalstar 2 satellites into circular orbit at an altitude of 920 kilometers, inclined at 52 degrees. The Globalstar second-generation constellation is designed to provide Globalstar customers with worldwide, long-term satellite voice and data services. Built by Thales Alenia Space, each Globalstar 2nd generation satellite will weigh about 700 kg at launch.