"Eleventh airfield" Jubilee "landed the plane An-124-100" Ruslan "" Volga-Dnepr ", which is delivered to the Baikonur Cosmodrome seven spacecraft Globalstar-2. After completion of customs procedures, containers with spacecraft and support equipment will be transferred from a cargo compartment of the aircraft at transit platforms and transported to the site 112 spaceport, which will host their further preparation for the launch, "- said in a statement.
Cluster launch of six Globalstar-2 satellites scheduled to be upgraded by the carrier rocket "Soyuz-2.1a" and the upper stage "Fregat" in October of this year. One spacecraft will remain at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in storage for the next start.
The first six Globalstar satellites were launched from Baikonur on July 13 at the third attempt. Initially, the launch was scheduled for July 11, but for a few seconds before the start was postponed to July 12 due to technical problems identified. The twelfth of July launch did not take place again and have already been transferred to the backup date "due to the need to eliminate the final remarks revealed in preparation for the launch of" Soyuz-2.1a "with the upper stage" Fregat "and six spacecraft."
Globalstar-2 satellites are designed for the eponymous American system of low-orbit communications satellites for a large part of which was launched into orbit by Russian rockets "Soyuz" from Baikonur.
Deploying the Globalstar satellite constellation second phase began on 19 October 2010. In this day of "Soyuz-2" orbited six Globalstar second-generation satellites. The life of the vehicles is 15 years, the mass of each — about 700 pounds.
Created by Globalstar space and ground network will provide higher data rate, which is needed to support the service "satellite mobile video."
In October 2010, a rocket "Soyuz-2.1a" and the upper stage "Fregat" is put into orbit a cluster of six Globalstar-2 devices. In 2011, Russia plans to launch 18 satellites from Baikonur to replenish the system Globalstar: two launch of six second-generation satellites are planned in each of October and December, respectively.
The company Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data. Globalstar satellite constellation system consists of 48 main and eight backup devices. It is capable of receiving signals from the 80% of the surface of the Earth, except for the polar regions, and several regions of the World Ocean.