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Launch of four more GLOBALSTAR constellation satellites



;STARSEM successfully performed this morning the launch of four GLOBALSTAR satellites from Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The lift-off of the SOYUZ launcher took place on Monday March 15, at 8.06 a.m. Baikonur local time, (4.06 a.m. Paris time). As scheduled, the four telecommunications satellites have been put into a 920 kilometers circular orbit with a 52° inclination.
;STARSEM, whose partners are Aerospatiale, Arianespace, the Russian Space Agency (RKA) and the Samara Space Center, performs the commercial launch services of the SOYUZ family of launchers. The maiden STARSEM launch took place on Tuesday February 9 and already enabled four GLOBALSTAR satellites to be injected into orbit.
;For this mission, the SOYUZ launcher was equipped with the re-ignitable IKAR upper stage--developed by the Samara Space Center--as well as a dispenser, developed by Aerospatiale, to enable the separation of the four satellites.
;The GLOBALSTAR constellation is made of forty-eight satellites, on eight planes of six satellites each. It is designed to ensure mobile telecommunications services with worldwide coverage. With the launch of today's four satellites, there are now sixteen GLOBALSTAR satellites in orbit (eight satellites were launched in early 1998 and four last month).
;The next STARSEM launches are also dedicated to GLOBALSTAR with four more flights to perform the third and fourth launches being scheduled in April and May. In addition, the year 2000 will see STARSEM launch the CLUSTER 2 satellites for the European Space Agency, with two SOYUZ launchers.

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Launch of four more GLOBALSTAR constellation satellites