CNES and Esa make the Soyuz project move forward
On 19 July, Yannick d’Escatha, president of the CNES, and Jean-Jacques Dordain, Esa Director General, signed the development contract for the Soyuz in Guiana programme.
An international cooperation
For the 1st time, Soyuz will be launched from another spaceport than Baïkonur or Plesetsk.
This close collaboration allows access to space for Europe with a medium-class launcher. Soyuz complements the range of launchers departing from Guiana Space Center: Vega and Ariane.
A new version of the Russian launcher will arrive in Guiana: Soyuz 2 is a new version of the mythical launcher, which performances have been improved.
Soyuz 2 will be able to orbit up to 3 tonnes, than is to say twice Soyuz could do when launched from Baïkonur.
The Guiana Space Center’s location, close to the equator, is a very favourable factor for satellites launching.