Workers are installing equipment and systems at Europe’s new Soyuz launch pad in Kourou, French Guiana, and hope to have the facility ready by mid-2009. The pad is needed to meet demand for medium-size communications and Earth-observation satellites and to provide a backup for the Ariane 5 heavy-lift launcher. Among users pressing for an early startup is Globalstar, which has booked four flights plus four options for a new fleet to replace its aging satphone constellation (AW&ST ...

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