Mission Update

Mission Update

Launcher integration moves into final phase for the Soyuz 2 mission with six Globalstar satellites

The Soyuz upper composite is shown mated to launcher’s third stage in the MIK 40 vehicle assembly building at Baikonur Cosmodrome.

October 14, 2010 – Soyuz Flight ST22

Final launcher integration is now underway for next week’s Soyuz 2 mission, which will orbit six Globalstar second-generation satellites from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The launcher’s upper composite – which is composed of the six Globalstar spacecraft and their dispenser system, along with the ST payload fairing that protects the satellites during ascent and the Fregat upper stage – has been mated to the Soyuz 2’s Block I third stage.

This activity occurred in the Cosmodrome’s Soyuz vehicle assembly building, known as MIK 40, where the upper composite was transferred during the night of October 12-13.  It clears the way for final integration to complete the four-stage launcher.

The October 19 mission will be performed on behalf of Arianespace by its Starsem affiliate, and is the first of four flights to orbit 24 of Globalstar’s second-generation spacecraft – ensuring continuity for the company’s mobile satellite voice and data services that are provided to businesses, governments and consumers.

Each of the six Thales Alenia Space-built satellites to be deployed during the 1-hr., 40-min. flight weigh approximately 700 kg., and are equipped with 16 transponders from C- to S-band, along with 16 receivers from L- to C-band.

Soyuz 2 is the evolved version of Russia’s venerable medium-lift workhorse launcher, which incorporates the enlarged ST payload fairing and an updated digital flight control system.  Arianespace will utilize Soyuz 2 at the Spaceport in French Guiana beginning next year, operating side-by-side with its heavyweight Ariane 5 vehicle and the future Vega lightweight launcher.

Launch Window for Soyuz Flight ST22 with six Globalstar second-generation satellites

Baikonur Cosmodrome

Moscow, Russia

Paris, France

Pacific Daylight Time

11:10 p.m.

on October 19, 2010

9:10 p.m.

on October 19, 2010

7:10 p.m.
on October 19, 2010

10:10 a.m.

on October 19, 2010

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