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The site of a ground station for Galileo, Europe's global navigation satellite system, inside the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), near Kourou in French Guiana, was inaugurated on November 19.
Construction has been completed on the first Russian Soyuz rockets scheduled to launch from South America, Russian Soyuz maker reported Thursday.
Tests conducted on Planck at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, have confirmed that the satellite's subsystems work perfectly, and the helium dilution cooler tanks have now been filled.
With the additional checks related to the flight worthiness of the Herschel telescope now completed, ESA and Arianespace have set the launch date of Herschel and Planck for May 6 2009.
Following Herschelâ€™s arrival at Europeâ€™s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, the spacecraft has been unpacked and inspected.
Planck, ESAâ€™s microwave observatory that will study the relic radiation of the Big Bang, was shipped from LiÃ¨ge, Belgium, to Europeâ€™s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 18 February.
Following an overnight recovery operation, Jules Verne ATV's propulsion system has successfully been restored to full robustness. The spacecraft has since performed the first orbital maneuvers necessary to set up phasing with the International Space Station.
Europe is making a double throw of the dice on Saturday with a fresh attempt to launch a new super-rocket, the Ariane 5 ECA, from its space base in Kourou, French Guiana.
Russia and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed an agreement allowing Russia to use ESA's sites for space launches and allowing the two sides to freely exchange research and development information.
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