DLR Confirms The Resumption Of Aborted Soyuz Launches From Kuru
The launch of the Russian Soyuz-ST carrier rocket with the UAE's Falcon Eye 2 optical-electronic surveillance satellite from the Kourou cosmodrome in French Guiana is planned in mid-October, according to the website of the German aviation and space center DLR.
The launch was planned in early March but was postponed due to problems with The Fregat upper stage, which was replaced with a spare one. However, in mid-March, the Kuru cosmodrome was temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to an RIA Novosti source in the rocket and space industry, the launch of the Falcon Eye 2 was postponed to October 17.
As noted on the DLR website, the VS24a mission to launch Falcon Eye-2 is scheduled for October 16.
Another launch of the Soyuz-ST rocket from Kourou with the French optical-electronic surveillance satellite CSO-2, as previously reported by another source of RIA Novosti in the industry, is scheduled for November.
Since October 2011, 23 launches of Russian Soyuz rockets have been made from the Kuru cosmodrome. One of the launches in August 2014 ended with the launch of the European navigation satellites Galileo into an uncountable orbit due to the accident of the upper stage "Fregat."