Launch chronology resumes for a planned April 25 liftoff of Arianespace’s Soyuz Flight VS14
Arianespace has decided to resume the launch chronology for Soyuz Flight VS14 following the successful completion of operations to replace the launcher’s inertial system that experienced a technical fault and associated checks.
Liftoff on this Soyuz mission is now planned for tonight from the Spaceport at precisely 6:02:13 p.m. local time in French Guiana.
Flight VS14 is to orbit the Sentinel-1B satellite for the Copernicus program, on behalf of the European Commission and within the framework of a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA). Also to be orbited on the mission are the French CNES space agency’s Microscope satellite, and three CubeSats for the ESA Education and Knowledge Management Office’s Fly Your Satellite! program.
Arianespace’s Soyuz launcher will deploy the five satellites on a mission lasting just over four hours.