The flight of the new Soyuz family launch vehicle, Soyuz 2-1v, was performed on Saturday, 28 December 2013 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia at 16:30 Moscow time (13:30 Paris time).
The multi-role Athena-Fidus satellite has completed initial checkout at the Spaceport as it is readied for a dual-payload, geostationary transfer orbit launch on Arianespace’s first flight in 2014.
Just a few hours after the successful launch of the European Space Agency Gaia satellite, Arianespace can confirm the dates of its first two Ariane 5 launches for 2014.
Arianespace marked another mission accomplished for science as its medium-lift Soyuz successfully launched the European Space Agency’s Gaia billion-star surveyor today from the Spaceport in French Guiana.
On Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:12 am, local time in French Guiana, Arianespace successfully carried out the sixth Soyuz launch from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), orbiting the Gaia scientific satellite for the European Space Agency (ESA).
An unprecedented endeavor to plot the largest, most precise three-dimensional map of the Milky Way galaxy is set for liftoff early tomorrow morning from the Spaceport following today’s go-ahead for Arianespace’s medium-lift Soyuz mission with the European Gaia spacecraft.
Arianespace announced today that it has signed a contract to launch two satellites into low Earth orbit.
The Gaia billion-star mapper is one major step closer to its unprecedented exploration mission, as the European-built spacecraft has now been positioned atop Arianespace’s Soyuz launcher in French Guiana.
Europe’s Gaia spacecraft – to be lofted by Arianespace next week on a mission to map the Milky Way – has “seen” its initial stars with the spacecraft’s encapsulation in the payload fairing during final preparations at the Spaceport.