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  1. ELA 4 launch complex takes shape at CSG

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    October 17, 2017

    The new launch pad for the future Ariane 6 is continuing to take shape in Kourou.

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  2. Spirit of Gagarin hovers over French Guiana as Soyuz launch pad breaks ground

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    February 27, 2007

    A symbolic and important milestone has been reached on the road to the arrival of the mythical Russian Soyuz launcher in French Guiana. Numerous VIPs and representatives from CNES, ESA, Arianespace and the Russian space agency Roskosmos were at a ceremony to break ground for the new launch pad.

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  3. 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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  5. Organization

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    February 4, 2020

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  6. Contacts

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    February 4, 2020

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  9. Overview

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    February 4, 2020

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  10. 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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  12. New Year wishes at the Guiana Space Centre

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    January 16, 2017

    CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Didier Faivre, Director of the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), presented the agency’s New Year wishes to local institutional and socio-professional partners and paid tribute to the centre’s teams for their contributions to a year of extraordinary accomplishments for Europe’s space programme.

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  13. Soyuz completes first flight from French Guiana

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    August 15, 2011

    The Russian launcher orbited the first 2 operational satellites of the future European Galileo navigation system Friday 21 October.

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