GLOBALSTAR 4 - Delta II
The Boeing Company successfully launched a Delta II launch vehicle on July 10, 1999, at 4:45 a.m. EDT. The Delta II was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida, and carried four GLOBALSTAR satellites to low earth orbit. This was the fourth GLOBALSTAR mission launched on a Delta. GLOBALSTAR is a low-earth-orbiting (LEO) satellite-based digital telecommunications system that will offer wireless telephone and other telecommunications services (e.g., data transmission, short message service, facsimile and position location) worldwide. GLOBALSTAR service will be delivered through a 48-satellite LEO constellation. GLOBALSTAR plans to begin commercial operations in September 1999.