Monday, November 30, 2020

Launch of Soyuz rocket rescheduled for December 1 over bad weather in Kourou-Roscosmos - TASS

Soyuz rocket

The launch of a Russian Soyuz-ST-A rocket with Falcon Eye 2 satellite for the United Arab Emirates from the Guiana Space Center near Kourou, French Guiana, was postponed until December 1 due to bad weather, Director General of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin has said on Twitter.

"Rescheduled for tomorrow due to weather conditions in Kourou," he blogged.

Initially, the liftoff was scheduled for November 29. Rogozin said on Saturday that the launch was postponed until November 30. Meanwhile, a source from the space industry told TASS on Friday that the final tests of the Soyuz-ST-A carrier rocket at the Kourou spaceport had been successful and no faults had been found.

Last Monday, a source told TASS that Roscosmos specialists had found technical problems with the rocket during preparations for its launch from the Guiana Space Center. The source explained that a leakage of the electric pneumatic valve had been found during tests at the assembly and measuring compound. A new item was brought from Russia to replace it, the source said.


  1. Russia’s carrier rocket Soyuz ST-A with the United Arab Emirates’ Falcon Eye 2 military satellite could not blast off early on Tuesday from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana over technical problems, CEO of the Arianespace corporation Stephane Israel said.

    According to him, problems with transmitting telemetry data occurred during the preparations for the launch. The carrier rocket and the satellite are in good order and will be switched to a standby mode. The new launch will be carried out exactly the same time the next day.

    Initially, the liftoff was scheduled for November 29. Director General of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said that the launch was postponed until November 30.

    1. Russia’s Soyuz-ST-A rocket with the Falcon Eye 2 satellite of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) lifted off from the Kourou space center in French Guiana on Wednesday, according to a live broadcast by Arianespace.

      In line with the telemetry data, released during the broadcast, Falcon Eye 2 and the Fregat booster separated from the rocket approximately nine minutes into the flight.

      The satellite was put into its designated geosynchronous orbit at the average altitude of about 611 kilometers. The entire mission lasted about one hour.


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