FINAL ANALYSIS of Greenbelt, Maryland, and Russia's Polyot Enterprises, Omsk, have finalised an agreement to launch a 26-satellite, low-Earth-orbit, global digital data-communications service using Russian Cosmos boosters, flying from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome (above) - subject to US Government approval.

The satellite system is subject to authorisation from the US Federal Communications Commission. Cosmos USA, a venture of Polyot and the USA's Assured Space Access of Arlington, Virginia, markets the Cosmos launcher in the West, with the UK's Plowshare Technology, Horsham, acting as European agent.

Source: Flight International