THE FIRST DELIVERY OF SOYUZ LAUNCHERS TO FRENCH GUIANA IS COMPLETED

All elements of the initial two Soyuz vehicles shipped to the Spaceport have now been brought ashore and are on French Guiana soil. This completes a three-day unloading process from the MN Colibri transport ship, with the last of some 50 containers now being moved in road convoys from the dock near Kourou to the Spaceport. The MN Colibri arrived in French Guiana on November 23, completing a transatlantic crossing from St. Petersburg, Russia that began on November 7.

SOYUZ’ MOBILE LAUNCH GANTRY TAKES SHAPE AT THE SPACEPORT

Preparations for the introduction of Arianespace’s Soyuz missions from French Guiana have entered a new phase with assembly startup for the launcher’s mobile service gantry at the Spaceport. The 52-meter-tall gantry will be one of the main differences from Soyuz’ other launch sites at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.

SOYUZ IS HEADED TO FRENCH GUIANA

In an historic step for Arianespace’s expansion of its launcher family, the initial two Soyuz vehicles have been loaded aboard a roll-on/roll-off ship at St. Petersburg, Russia for their transatlantic voyage to the Spaceport in French Guiana. These launchers will be the first operated from the Spaceport, with Arianespace’s new Soyuz service to be inaugurated in 2010.