Soyuz rocket with UAE satellite took off
There were two consecutive postponements of the launch - VIDEO
The great wait for the launch of the Russian space rocket Soyuz is over (read also the article published by AVIONEWS). After two consecutive postponements regarding the Kourou base in French Guyana, third attempt was successful. It is the Soyuz-St-A capsule with Falcon Eye 2 satellite of the United Arab Emirates; the program initially envisaged the date of last November 29th, then the following December 1st was opted for. The take-off from the ramp took place at 22:33 (French Guiana time, 2:33 in Italy): the rocket was designed, developed and manufactured at the Progress Space Rocker Center in Samara (in Russia precisely), and is part of a much larger program to exploit increasingly technological and sophisticated rockets.
The timetable suffered more than a slowdown due to adverse weather conditions (rain and cold) and the consequent risk that lightning could hit the spacecraft. In addition, various anomalies were found, starting from data transmission to the pneumatic solenoid valve which caused a leak during assembly. Russia has a launch base in South America for a very simple reason: the structure is located near the equator, consequently the orbit can be abandoned by rockets and satellites without the need for major corrections, in practice a considerable fuel saving.
On the subject read also the article published by AVIONEWS.
Below, the video of the launch:
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