Soyuz ready with Galileo satellites for milestone launch
International space cooperation will be highlighted in a historic event on 20 October: the launch of Europes first Galileo navigation satellites on Russias first Soyuz rocket to depart from Europes Spaceport in French Guiana.
Liftoff is scheduled for Thursday, 20 October at 12:34 CEST (10:34 GMT, 07:34 local time).
The launch will be the first time that Russias venerable Soyuz vehicle has ascended from European territory, adding a trusted workhorse to Europes launchers family.
This Soyuz-2 version is the latest in the renowned family of Russian rockets that began the space race more than 50 years ago by carrying both the first satellite, Sputnik, and the first man, Yuri Gagarin, into space.
Riding Soyuz will be the first two operational satellites in the Galileo constellation that will provide Europe with an independent global satellite navigation system.