Starsem's 20th mission success orbits RADARSAT-2 for Canada
December 14, 2007
Starsem’s third mission of 2007 successfully orbited the Canadian RADARSAT-2 satellite today, confirming the role of Russia’s workhorse Soyuz in the commercial launch services marketplace.
Lifting off right on time at 7:17 p.m. local time (2:17 p.m. in Paris and 8:17 a.m. U.S. East Coast time), the Soyuz climbed into clear skies over Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome, and deployed RADARSAT-2 into Sun-synchronous orbit 53 minutes later.
“Today, we are happy to have successfully launched the RADARSAT-2 Soyuz, which also, in fact, marks the 20th Soyuz flight performed under Starsem's responsibility,” said Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Jean-Yves Le Gall. “This success was made possible thanks to the reliable Soyuz launch vehicle, whose flawless performance enabled today’s launch. Once again, together, we have demonstrated that the Soyuz is an extremely reliable launch vehicle and definitely a very, very strong partner of the satellite operators!”