Soyuz Milestones
2019
April

April 4, 2019 April 4, 2019

A constellation completed

Arianespace completes the initial O3b constellation on a Soyuz mission that increases its size from 16 to 20 satellites. The first 16 O3b spacecraft were successfully orbited by four Soyuz vehicles operating from French Guiana in 2013, 2014 and 2018.

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February

February 27, 2019 February 27, 2019

First launch of OneWeb satellites

Arianespace supported global connectivity with launch of the initial six satellites in OneWeb’s constellation, which was developed to provide affordable high-speed internet access for users around the globe. The cluster of spacecraft was deployed into a circular low Earth orbit on Arianespace’s first Soyuz mission of 2019.

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2017
May

May 18, 2017 May 18, 2017

An “all-electric” first for Arianespace

Soyuz carries out Arianespace’s first launch of a satellite with an all-electric propulsion system. Performed from the Spaceport in French Guiana, Flight VS17 successfully delivers SES-15 – which is powered using electrical energy generated by its solar panels – to geostationary transfer orbit.

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January

January 27, 2017 January 27, 2017

Soyuz-to-GTO success

Arianespace’s first launch of the year, Flight VS16, releases the Hispasat 36W-1 telecommunications satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) – the first time the medium-lift Soyuz has performed a GTO delivery from the Spaceport in French Guiana.

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2016
April

April 25, 2016 April 25, 2016

Soyuz success

Soyuz’ 14th flight from the Spaceport in French Guiana supports sustainable development, fundamental physics and promoting space careers by orbiting a five-satellite payload. Deployed on the mission are: Europe’s Sentinel-1B radar observation satellite; the French Microscope scientific satellite; and three educational CubeSats for the European Space Agency.

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2015
June

June 25, 2015 June 25, 2015

Commercial agreement

OneWeb announces its agreement with Arianespace to use 21 Soyuz launches in deploying the OneWeb Constellation for global connectivity. Options also are placed for five additional Soyuz missions and three with the next-generation Ariane 6.

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2014
December

December 18, 2014 December 18, 2014

Launch success

Flight VS10, which is the third Soyuz launch success at the service of O3b Networks, raises the total number of satellites lofted to date by Arianespace beyond the 500 mark.

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April

April 3, 2014 April 3, 2014

Launch success

Arianespace’s Soyuz Flight VS07 from French Guiana orbits Sentinel-1A, the initial Earth observation spacecraft in the European Commission’s flagship Copernicus program.

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2013
December

December 19, 2013 December 19, 2013

Star-mapper launched

Europe’s Gaia billion-star mapping spacecraft is lofted on Flight VS06, marking the 25th spacecraft dedicated to science launched by Arianespace.

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December 6, 2013 December 6, 2013

Fregat Fueling Facility

The construction go-ahead is given for a new facility to fuel the Soyuz vehicle’s Fregat upper stage, to be located in French Guiana at the Spaceport’s Soyuz launch complex.

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June

June 25, 2013 June 25, 2013

Arianespace helps bridge “the digital divide” by launching O3b Networks’ first four connectivity satellites on Soyuz’ fifth mission from the Spaceport in French Guiana.

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2012
December

December 1, 2012 December 1, 2012

The Pléiades 1B optical imaging satellite is orbited on Soyuz’ fourth mission from French Guiaia, joining Pléiades 1A – which was launched by Soyuz from the Spaceport in December 2011.

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October

October 12, 2012 October 12, 2012

Soyuz’ third Spaceport mission for Arianespace orbits two more In-Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites for the European Galileo navigation system.

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2011
December

December 17, 2011 December 17, 2011

The Spaceport’s second Soyuz mission for Arianespace demonstrates this launcher’s flexibility by deploying a total of six satellite payloads: the Pléiades 1A dual-use, very-high-resolution satellite; the Chilean SSOT defense/civilian imaging satellite; and four ELISA micro-satellite demonstrators for defense-related electronic intelligence gathering.

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November

November 7, 2011 November 7, 2011

Launcher family milestone

For the first time at the Spaceport, flight preparations are underway in parallel for each member of Arianespace’s complete launcher family operating from French Guiana: the medium-lift Soyuz, heavy-lift Ariane 5 and lightweight Vega. This activity includes the assembly of Soyuz’ first three stages in the MIK integration facility, and checkout of its Fregat upper stage in the S3B clean room building in advance of Arianespace’s December 16 mission with a multi-passenger payload.

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October

October 24, 2011 October 24, 2011

Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega together

Arianespace’s launcher family is a reality as operational versions of the Ariane 5, Vega and Soyuz are present for the first time in French Guiana, positioned for upcoming missions. A heavy-lift Ariane 5 for the VA205 mission with Europe’s third Automated Transfer Vehicle arrives from Europe aboard the MN Colibri sea-going ship, along with the no. 1 Vega for this lightweight launcher’s VV01 qualification flight in January 2012. They join a Soyuz that is being prepared for Arianespace’s second launch of the medium-lift vehicle from the Spaceport, which is scheduled for December 16, 2011.

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October 21, 2011 October 21, 2011

Soyuz at the Spaceport

Arianespace opens a new chapter in space history with a milestone double mission success that marked the Soyuz launcher’s inaugural flight from French Guiana, and which placed Europe’s first two Galileo navigation satellites into orbit.

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October 7, 2011 October 7, 2011

Soyuz launch preparations

The second launch campaign for a Soyuz mission from French Guiana begins, putting in motion the preparations for a mid-December 2011 liftoff with the French CNES space agency’s Pleiades optical Earth observation satellite, accompanied by five supplemental payloads. This activity is performed in parallel with preparations for Soyuz’ maiden flight from the Spaceport.

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September

September 16, 2011 September 16, 2011

Launch campaign activity begins for the first Soyuz mission from French Guiana, which is scheduled for liftoff on October 20 with a payload of two In-Orbit Validation (IOV) spacecraft for Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system. This mission is designated Flight VS01, using Arianespace’s numbering sequence for its growing launcher family.

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August

August 16, 2011 August 16, 2011

Soyuz launch campaign begins

Arianespace marks a major milestone in the expansion of its launcher family as launch campaign activity begins for the first Soyuz mission from French Guiana. The historic flight is scheduled for liftoff on October 20 with a payload of two In-Orbit Validation (IOV) spacecraft for Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system.

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June

June 22, 2011 June 22, 2011

Launchers to be used for the Spaceport’s first two Soyuz missions arrive this week in French Guiana aboard the MN Colibri roll-on/roll-off sea-going ship. One will be earmarked for the October 20 liftoff with a pair of Galileo navigation system satellites.

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May

May 5, 2011 May 5, 2011

Simulated Soyuz launch

Soyuz performs a highly-realistic "virtual" flight from French Guiana, using the first fully-assembled Soyuz on the Spaceport's launch pad, and with European/Russian teams manning the launch and mission control rooms.

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April

April 29, 2011 April 29, 2011

“Dry run” for Soyuz

Soyuz makes its world debut at the Spaceport as it rolls out to the launch pad for the first time during a “dry run” exercise replicating all aspects of the Russian-built launcher’s final preparation phase for missions from French Guiana.

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2010
November

November 20, 2010 November 20, 2010

The purpose-built mobile gantry for Soyuz at the Spaceport performs its first rollout to the launch pad.

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October

October 20, 2010 October 20, 2010

Six Globalstar second-generation satellites are successfully orbited on an Arianespace Soyuz mission from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Conducted by Arianespace’s Starsem affiliate, this flight utilizes using the improved Soyuz version to be introduced at Europe’s Spaceport in 2011.

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May

May 8, 2010 May 8, 2010

Soyuz integration

The no. 1 Soyuz assembled at the Spaceport completes its initial phase of integration with the mating of its four first-stage strap-on boosters to the Block A core second stage.

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January

January 26, 2010 January 26, 2010

Galileo launch contract

Soyuz launchers operated from the Spaceport in French Guiana will orbit the first 10 spacecraft in Europe's planned Galileo satellite positioning system, based on a contract signed by Arianespace. These spacecraft will be orbited starting in December 2012.

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