STARSEM LAUNCH SET: Starsem, the Arianespace affiliate that markets Soyuz-Fregat launches, has won a contract to launch Canada's Radarsat-2. The launch, scheduled for December, will be the fourth on Starsem's manifest this year. Arianespace officials also say they have been chosen to orbit SES Global's Astra 1M telecom spacecraft, assuming that the backup spacecraft is assembled as planned. The Astra 1M award compensates Arianespace for the loss of Astra 1KR, which was transferred to ...

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