Thursday, August 27, 2009

Soyuz launch at Kourou delayed again

Equatorial launch Soyuz launch facility under construction last June at the Guiana Space Centre near Kourou, ESA's launch site in French Guiana.

Delayed previously, the first Soyuz to be launched outside Russia, and Russian's first at the equator (affording more launch windows and heavier payloads) will have to wait until at least April 2010.

AFP Moscow has also reported Roscosmos chief Vitaly Dovydov as saying Tuesday that Russia would more than double the number of civilian satellites in orbit by 2015. He said there were currently 50 such satellites in orbit.

"That figure should more than double before 2015," Davydov said.

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