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Russian booster puts U.S. satellites into orbit
2007-10-20 15:14:28 Xinhua English

MOSCOW, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- A Russian booster has put into orbit four U.S. satellites early Sunday, news agencies reported.

The 's Soyuz-FG booster blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan at 00:12 Moscow time (20:12 GMT) Sunday with the four U.S. Globalstar communication satellites atop.

The Globalstar system was developed by a consortium of international telecommunication companies in 1991 to offer mobile and ground telephone services, Internet, SMS and facsimile communications, as well as Globalstar and GSM roaming and navigation, with a precision of up to 300 meters.

The system was first deployed at the beginning of 2000 and now consists of 48 main and eight standby transmitter satellites.

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