SOYUZ’ NEW OPERATING SITE CONTINUES TO TAKE SHAPE

A photo report details the latest preparations for Soyuz’ new operating base at the Spaceport in French Guiana. Now included in the launch site’s ground infrastructure is the Soyuz transporter/erector, which will deliver assembled vehicles from their assembly building to the launch pad – where the payloads will be integrated.

LAUNCH INFRASTRUCTURE INSTALLED FOR SOYUZ AT EUROPE’S SPACEPORT

The Soyuz launch site in French Guiana received its “muscle” with the mounting of a system of four primary support arms and two umbilical masts for the medium-lift vehicle. This installation marked another important step in preparations for the introduction of Soyuz – which will join the heavy-lift Ariane 5 and future lightweight Vega – at its new Spaceport operating base.