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MetOp-B Launch Postponed
2012-04-30 03:56:49

Eumetsat and the European Space Agency (ESA) have been informed by the launch service provider, Starsem, that the launch of the MetOp-B satellite by a Soyuz rocket, scheduled for 23 May from Baikonur, had to be postponed. This is due to additional measures required to ensure the availability of safe drop zones for parts of the launcher after lift-off. The launch has been postponed for some weeks, until appropriate measures are implemented. It is expected to take place in the second half of...

Soyuz Successfully Takes Satellite System To Orbit
2011-12-29 04:54:19

A Russian Soyuz rocket launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, successfully carrying the Globalstar system into orbit. The vehicle saw triumph after the Soyuz line faced a malfunction last Friday when launching from the Plesetsk spaceport in northern Russia. "These satellites were flawlessly placed exactly where we needed them so that our ground stations could find them on the very first pass," Tony Navarra, Globalstar's president of global operations said in a...

Another Soyuz Launch Fails, Communications Satellite Lost
2011-12-24 06:03:16

The Russian space program suffered yet another setback on Friday after a Soyuz-2 vehicle failed to put a communications satellite into orbit, resulting in debris from the probe crashing back to Earth in a Siberian town located roughly 1,400 miles from Moscow. According to BBC News Science Correspondent Jonathan Amos, the Soyuz 2.1b (described by Amos as the most modern form of the venerable Russian spaceship) launched at 16:08 Moscow time from the Plesetsk spaceport in northern Russia....

André Arrives At Baikonur, 'Go For Launch'
2011-12-10 04:48:04

ESA astronaut André Kuipers is now officially ready for liftoff on 21 December: he and his crewmates have passed their final exams and left for the launch site Thursday. Along with André´s plane, his PromISSe mission blog also took off Thursday. Every crew destined for the International Space Station must endure two days of final exams in the simulators at Star City near Moscow before they are cleared for flight. And it is not a formality – they have...

First Soyuz Ready For Liftoff From French Guiana Spaceport
2011-10-16 04:12:52

The first Soyuz to take off from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana was moved to the launch pad on Friday. The rocket that will carry the first two Galileo navigation satellites into orbit is on track for liftoff on 20 October.   The three-stage Soyuz ST-B was rolled out horizontally on its erector from the preparation building using the 600 m-long railway that leads to the pad. The vehicle was then raised into its launch position. Earlier this week, the two Galileo In-Orbit...

Soyuz Ready With Galileo Satellites For Milestone Launch
2011-10-13 11:06:56

International space cooperation will be highlighted in a historic event on 20 October: the launch of Europe´s first Galileo navigation satellites on Russia´s first Soyuz rocket to depart from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana. Liftoff is scheduled for Thursday, 20 October at 12:34 CEST (11:34 GMT, 07:34 local time). The launch will be the first time that Russia´s venerable Soyuz vehicle has ascended from European territory, adding a trusted workhorse to...

Countdown To Europe’s First Soyuz Launch Under Way
2011-09-20 06:48:05

  The clock is ticking for the first Soyuz flight from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana. The rocket, which will carry the first two satellites of Europe´s Galileo navigation system into orbit, is being prepared for launch on 20 October. Final assembly began on 12 September of the three-stage Soyuz ST-B, consisting of four first-stage boosters clustered around the core second stage, topped off by the third stage. The Launcher Flight Readiness Review in July gave the...

Manned Soyuz Launch Delayed Until November
2011-09-14 09:20:39

  Russia´s space agency (Roscosmos) said Tuesday that it is postponing the launch of its next manned Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) until November 12, only days before the remaining ISS astronauts are due to return to Earth. The mission was already delayed once, moving back from September 22 to late October, due to the August 24 crash of the agency´s unmanned Progress cargo vessel after a Soyuz rocket suffered a malfunction. That accident was...

Image 1 - First Galileo Satellite Arrives In French Guiana
2011-09-12 07:45:44

  The first Galileo navigation satellite has arrived in Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana, ready to begin preparations for launch on 20 October. Packed within its protective, air-conditioned container, the satellite landed at Cayenne Rochambeau Airport aboard an Antonov aircraft at 06:45 local time on Wednesday 7 September, having departed from Thales Alenia Space Italy´s Rome facility, where it was built. A Thales and ESA team stood ready to receive it, having flown...


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