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  1. Assembly and launch facilities

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    January 28, 2020

    Soyuz is operated from the Guiana Space Centre, Europe’s spaceport. Like Ariane and Vega, launcher elements are shipped to Kourou in containers aboard the MN Toucan and MN Colibri. The only difference is their departure point, from Saint Petersburg in Russia. A Soyuz launch campaign lasts one to two months. Each phase is described below.

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  2. Soyuz launch pad handed over to Arianespace

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    May 9, 2011

    The Soyuz launch pad at the Guiana Space Centre was officially handed over by ESA to Arianespace on 7 May 2011 during a special ceremony at Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana.

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  5. Contacts

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    February 4, 2020

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  7. Overview

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    February 4, 2020

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  8. Technical characteristics

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    February 4, 2020

    Soyuz ST is a variant of Soyuz 2 adapted to weather conditions in French Guiana and to the requirements of the French Space Operations Act (FSOA).

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  9. ExoMars 2016: TGO enters Martian orbit

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    October 19, 2016

    The ExoMars 2016 mission’s Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) was successfully captured into Martian orbit Wednesday 19 October. However, the landing of Schiaparelli had still not been confirmed at the end of our video broadcast of the event. The mission’s engineers were set to spend the night poring over data acquired by various satellites orbiting Mars to track down the tiny lander.

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  10. Jean-Yves Le Gall: “In 2015, CNES will be making climate central to its space policy”

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    December 11, 2014

    Monday 5 January, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall delivered his New Year wishes to members of the French and international press in the Salle de l’Espace at Paris Les Halles. This traditional gathering provided the opportunity to review a year of historic successes for CNES and to present the agency’s strategy and challenges for 2015, a year in which the focus will be on climate in the lead-up to the COP 21 global climate summit in Paris in December.

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  11. PHARAO: a new kind of time machine

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    June 2, 2009

    Construction of CNES’s PHARAO atomic clock is getting underway in preparation for its planned launched in 2013. Among other things, it will set out to test Einstein’s theory of relativity on the ISS.

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  12. ATV-5 undocks from the International Space Station

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    February 14, 2015

    A love story that lasted more than 15 years came to an end a little after 14:30 CET Saturday 14 February, on St Valentine’s Day, when the ATV-5 Georges Lemaître undocked from the International Space Station. Replay the live broadcast of the event here.

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  14. GOCE to map Earth’s gravity field

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    March 16, 2009

    The launch of the European Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer satellite (GOCE), initially planned 10 September 2008, is now scheduled for 16 March. Its mission is to observe Earth’s gravity field in order to improve the accuracy of the geoid model, the reference surface used to determine altitudes.

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  15. CNES facilities

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    February 18, 2003

    CNES administrative operations are directed from the CNES headquarters in Paris. Administrators at headquarters, together with the overseeing ministries, establish and promote CNES's policy. They also define strategic guidelines for the agency’s technical centres and its relations with outside partners.

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  16. Science teams to the fore

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    August 1, 2008

    Every 2 years, CNES’s COSPAR report reviews advances in space science research. The latest report was given to attendees at the 37th COSPAR Scientific Assembly held in Montreal, Canada, 13-20 July. It is also available for download (see links).

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  17. Cryosat-2 ready to embark on ice mission

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    February 2, 2010

    ESA’s Cryosat-2 satellite is set to embark on its mission above Earth’s poles on 25 February. With its altimeter, aided by the DORIS instrument, it will monitor variations in ice elevation and thickness with millimetre accuracy.

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  18. Une journée dans le centre de contrôle de l’ATV

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    February 25, 2008

    Demain, 3 avril, le ravitailleur tentera pour la première fois de s’arrimer à l’ISS. Pour cela, une équipe « melting-pot » composée d’experts CNES et ESA est déjà aux manœuvres depuis le centre de contrôle ATV-CC à Toulouse. Récit d’une journée pas comme les autres, au cœur de cette grande aventure spatiale.

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  19. Key events

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    May 25, 2020

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  20. Qui fait quoi?

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    May 24, 2011

    Pendant toute la mission ATV (jusqu’à 6 mois), la flight Control team assure un suivi 24 heures sur 24 et 7 jours sur 7 du vaisseau cargo européen. Au cours des phases clés (rendez-vous, désamarrage, etc.) une cinquantaine de personnes sont présentes en salle de contrôle.

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