Liftoff of Vega VV05 carrying Sentinel-2A by europeanspaceagency on Flickr.

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Vega VV05, carrying Sentinel-2A, lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 23 June 2015.

Sentinel-2 carries an innovative wide-swath, high-resolution multispectral imager with 13 spectral bands for a new perspective of our land and vegetation. The second in the two-satellite mission – Sentinel-2B – is being prepared for launch in 2016.

For more information on the mission, visit www.esa.int/sentinel2

Credit: ESA–M. Pedoussaut, 2015

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Rocket Launch Seen From Space (NASA, International Space Station, 02/16/11) by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center on Flickr.

Rocket Launch Seen From Space (NASA, International Space Station, 02/16/11)

The Expedition 26 crew member aboard the International Space Station who snapped this photograph of the Ariane 5 rocket, barely visible in the far background, just after lift off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, and the rest of the crew have a special interest in the occurrence. ESA’s second Automated Transfer Vehicle, Johannes Kepler, was just a short time earlier (21:50 GMT or 18:50 Kourou time on Feb. 16, 2011) launched toward its low orbit destination and eventual link-up with the ISS. The unmanned supply ship is planned to deliver critical supplies and reboost the space station during its almost four-month mission. The elbow of Canadarm2 is in the foreground.

Night falls on Soyuz VS01 by europeanspaceagency on Flickr.

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Soyuz VS01, the first Soyuz flight from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, was transferred to the launch zone on 14 October 2011.
The vehicle was rolled out horizontally on its erector from the preparation building to the launch zone and then raised into the vertical position. The ‘Upper Composite’, comprising the Fregat upper stage, payload and fairing, was also transferred and added onto the vehicle from above, completing the very first Soyuz on its launch pad at Europe’s Spaceport.

Soyuz VS01 will lift off on 20 October 2011. The rocket will carry the first two satellites of Europe’s Galileo navigation system into orbit.

Credits: ESA, S.Corvaja 2011

Russian Rocket Launches From South America in Space First | 

A Russian rocket blasted off from Europe’s spaceport in South America for the first time today (Oct. 21), lofting to orbit the first two satellites in a future European GPS network.

The Soyuz rocket lifted off from its brand-new pad near Kourou in French Guiana at 6:30 a.m. EDT (1030 GMT) today, marking the first time the workhorse vehicle has ever launched outside the former Soviet Union. It carried skyward the initial two satellites in the Galileo constellation, a navigation system designed to end European dependence on the United States’ GPS network.

The launch was originally scheduled to occur on Thursday (Oct. 20), but ground controllers detected a glitch during the rocket’s fueling. Operators were told to stand down for 24 hours as the problem was investigated.

Today’s successful launch was a big moment, as Europe celebrated the first of what it hopes will be many such Soyuz launches from South America.  continue reading


Galileo Soyuz VS13 liftoff

by European Space Agency
Liftoff of Galileo satellites 11 and 12 aboard Soyuz VS13 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 11:51 GMT (12:51 CET, 08:51 local time) on Thursday 17 December 2015. Credit: ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE–Optique Video du CSG, S. Martin, 2015