The 1,761st flight of a Soyuz launch vehicle was performed on Friday, 8 October 2010 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 03:10 Moscow time (01:10 Paris time).
Arianespace and its Russian partners report that the Soyuz TMA-M manned transport spacecraft was accurately placed on the target orbit for another mission to the International Space Station. This was the ninth Soyuz family mission in 2010.
With the introduction of Soyuz at the Guiana Space Center (CSG), this famed Russian medium-class launch vehicle will become an integral part of the European launch vehicle fleet, together with the heavy-lift Ariane 5 and the lightweight Vega. To be offered to the commercial market, the Soyuz in French Guiana is Europe’s reference medium-class launch vehicle for governmental and commercial missions.
Arianespace is the world’s leading launch Service & Solutions company, delivering innovative offer to its customers since 1980. Backed by its 24 shareholders and the European Space Agency, Arianespace proposes an unrivalled launcher family, comprising Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega, and an international workforce renowned for their culture of commitment and excellence. As of 1 October 2010, Arianespace had launched a total of 283 payloads, including more than half of all the commercial satellites now in service worldwide. It has a backlog of 22 Ariane 5 and 18 Soyuz launches, equal to 3 years of business.