Four Globalstar communications satellites were orbited yesterday on a Russian-made Soyuz launcher fired from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the first mission performed by the Russian-French joint venture Starsem, established in 1996 to market the venerable Soyuz medium-lift vehicle. The launch occurred at 6:54 Moscow Time (03:54 GMT) from the cosmodrome's Site 1. To loft the four "Big LEO" satellites into relatively high Earth orbits, the three-stage Soyuz rocket, which usually boosts ...

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