Launch from Kourou: Soyuz-ST-B successfully orbited a European meteo satellite

07.11.2018

November 7, 2018 at 03:47 Moscow time, the Soyuz-ST-B launch vehicle with the MetOp-C meteorological satellite on board successfully lifted off from the Kourou launch site of the Guiana Space Center. The launch was operated by a joint Russian-European team.

Glavkosmos representatives also took part in this mission as a party responsible for the management of the satellite launch contracts using Russian launch vehicles from the Guiana Space Center.

MetOp-C is the third satellite of the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). The previous satellites of this series were deployed in 2006 and 2012. They have been successfully operating in orbit since launch and make a large contribution to reducing errors in weather forecasts.

Interesting facts 1/3
On July 15, 1975 Soyuz-19 spaceship was lifted aboard Soyuz-U launch vehicle. It was the first international space flight with the docking of Apollo, a US spaceship. The famous Soyuz-Apollo docking was a historical event and a symbol of rapprochement between the two superpowers in the period of détente during the long-lasting Cold War.
Interesting facts 2/3
On April 4, 2019, Glavkosmos JSC, under a contract with Arianespace, launched four communication satellites of O3b Networks, a subsidiary of Luxembourg-based satellite communications operator SES. The name O3b stands for “Other 3 billions”, which refers to the world's population, where broadband Internet is not available right now. Thanks to the O3b satellites, the Internet will come to them.
Interesting facts 3/3
Soyuz-2.1a became the first rocket launched from the new Russian space center Vostochny. The historical launch was conducted on April 28, 2016.