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27 December 2006

Click Now! Cliquez Maintenant! Soyuz Rocket Going into Space in a few minutes from Kazakhstan!

The Soyuz 2-1b ready to lift off
on Launch Pad No. 6 at Baikonur
Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan!


Successful mission by Starsem and Arianespace orbits COROT science satellite

On Wednesday afternoon, December 27, Arianespace and Starsem successfully launched the stellar observation satellite COROT for French space agency CNES.

The 1,717th launch of a Soyuz family launch vehicle took place from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz-Fregat 2-1b version of the launcher lifted off as scheduled at 8:23 p.m. local time on December 27, 2006 (14:23 UTC, 3:23 p.m. in Paris).

Arianespace, Starsem and their Russian partners confirmed that the launcher's Fregat upper stage accurately injected the COROT satellite into its targeted circular polar orbit. Two successive burns of the Fregat upper stage were carried out for this mission, placing the Corot spacecraft into its polar orbit at an altitude of 896 kilometers, 50 minutes after liftoff.

Mission r?ussie pour Arianespace et Starsem : le satellite COROT du CNES est en orbite

Dans l'apr?s-midi du mercredi 27 d?cembre 2006, Arianespace et Starsem ont lanc? avec succ?s le satellite d'observation stellaire du CNES, COROT.

Le 1717?me lancement de la famille Soyuz (version Soyuz 2-1b/Fregat) s'est d?roul? depuis le cosmodrome de Baikonur au Kazakhstan. Le d?collage du lanceur a eu lieu comme pr?vu le mercredi 27 d?cembre ? 20 heures 23, heure de Baikonur (14 heures 23, Temps Universel et 15 heures 23, heure de Paris).

Arianespace, Starsem et leurs partenaires russes confirment que l'?tage orbital Fregat a plac? avec pr?cision sur l'orbite polaire circulaire vis?e le satellite COROT. Pour r?aliser cette mission, il aura fallu deux allumages successifs de l'?tage orbital Fregat. COROT a ?t? alors inject? sur son orbite ? une altitude de 896 km, 50 minutes apr?s le d?collage.


These French Rocket Guys are in Kazakhstan now, gonna launch a Soyuz! They put on a Really Slick Pre-Launch Info Show, with lots of slick animations and real cool interviews! Watch it on your computer! Quick! Quick! Vite-Vite! Schnell! Pronto!

Wherever you are, if that GMT stuff confuses you, figure out when the launch is on

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Watch the launch live!

Launch Date: Wednesday 27 December 2006
Launcher version: Soyuz 2-1b
Payload: COROT
Customer: French CNES national space agency
Mission: Space science
Payload prime contractor: Alcatel Alenia Space

Time of launch: 13:55 GMT
[USA East Coast: 08:55 am]

Follow the launch live on the internet!

(Starting 25 minutes before lift-off).

Video streaming will be available in RealMedia and WindowsMedia formats.

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Lancement en direct sur Internet !

Date de lancement: 27 d?cembre 2006
Lanceur: Soyuz 2-1b
Charge utile: COROT
Client: Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales
Mission: Science spatiale
Constructeur charge utile: Alcatel Alenia Space

Heure du lancement: 13:55 GMT
[ USA East Coast: 08:55 am]

Suivez le lancement en direct sur Internet!

(Diffusion ? partir de H-25 mn).

Des flux aux formats RealMedia et WindowsMedia seront disponibles.

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