Soyuz-2.1a/Fregat | 6 x Globalstar-2

Starsem SA launch of a Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M Rocket

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Starsem SA was scheduled to launch a Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M rocket as part of the 6 x Globalstar-2 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Wed, Dec 28th, 2011, 12:09 PM EST from 31/6, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

6 x Globalstar-2

The Globalstar second-generation constellation consists of 24 Low Earth Orbiting satellites for satellite phone and data communications.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

31/6, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Rocket

Soyuz 2.1A

The 2.1a version includes conversion from analog to digital flight control system and uprated engines on the booster and the first stage with improved injection systems. The new digital flight control and telemetry systems allow the rocket to launch from a fixed rather than angled launch platform and adjust its heading in flight. A digital control system also enables the launch of larger commercial satellites with wider and longer payload fairings such as the ST-type fairing. These fairings introduce too much aerodynamic instability for the old analog system to handle.

Russian Space Forces
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