Successful inaugural launch of the new Soyuz family launcher
The flight of the new Soyuz family launch vehicle, Soyuz 2-1v, was performed on Saturday, 28 December 2013 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia at 16:30 Moscow time (13:30 Paris time).
The spacecraft was accurately placed on the target orbit. This was the fifteenth Soyuz family mission in 2013.
Arianespace congratulates its Russian partners with this great achievement.
With the introduction of Soyuz at the Guiana Space Center (CSG) and its successful historic launch on 21 October 2011, this famed Russian medium-class launch vehicle became an integral part of the European launch vehicle fleet, together with the heavy-lift Ariane 5 and the lightweight Vega. Offered to the commercial market, the Soyuz in French Guiana is Europe’s reference medium-class launch vehicle for governmental and commercial missions.