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Gaia

Overview

Destination: Sun-Earth L2
Mission: Astrophysics

Sun-Earth L2 Soyuz Launch Complex Kourou, French Guiana

Gaia's ambitious mission is to chart a three-dimensional map of the Milky Way, in process revealing the composition, formation and evolution of our galaxy.

Soyuz STB

Family: Soyuz
Configuration: Fregat-MT

The 2.1b version adds an upgraded engine (RD-0124) with improved performance to the second stage. First launch took place from Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 43 on 26 July 2008 with a classified military payload. The 2.1b/ST version is sometimes called Soyuz ST-B.

Specifications
  • Stages
    3
  • Length
    46.3 m
  • Diameter
    2.95 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    310 T
  • Thrust
Family
  • Name
    Soyuz STB
  • Family
    Soyuz
  • Variant
    Fregat-MT
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Soyuz STB Fregat-MT
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $80M
  • Low Earth Orbit
    8200 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    3250 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity
    4900 kg

Arianespace

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CEO: Stéphane Israël Founded: 1980 Successes: 141 Failures: 8 Pending: 33

Agency Type: Commercial

Arianespace SA is a multinational company founded in 1980 as the world's first commercial launch service provider. It undertakes the production, operation, and marketing of the Ariane programme. Their vehicles launch exclusively from French Guiana in South America.

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Kourou, French Guiana

Pad: Soyuz Launch Complex


Soyuz 2.1B
Launch Successful
17 hours, 3 minutes ago
Gonets-M30, Gonets-M31, Gonets-M32
43/3 (43L) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Gonets-M are an upgraded version of Gonets satellites, derived from military communications system Strela-3. Gonets-M constellation is tasked with...


Soyuz STA
Launch Successful
1 day, 16 hours ago
Falcon Eye 2
Soyuz Launch Complex - Kourou, French Guiana

Falcon Eye 2 is a high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite for the United Arab Emirates. Built by Airbus Defense and Space with an optical imaging p...


H-IIA
Launch Successful
4 days, 10 hours ago
JDRS-1
Yoshinobu Launch Complex - Tanegashima, Japan

JDRS-1 is a Japanese Data Relay Satellite.


Falcon 9 Block 5
Launch Successful
1 week, 1 day ago
Starlink 15
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Long March 5
Launch Successful
1 week, 2 days ago
Chang'e 5
Wenchang - Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Chang'e 5 is China's robotic lunar sample return mission, which is set to bring back at least 2 kg of lunar soils and rock samples. The probe will ...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Launch Successful
1 week, 5 days ago
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich (Sentinel-6A; Jason-CS)
Space Launch Complex 4E - Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich and Sentinel-6B make up the Sentinel-6 mission, also known as Jason Continuity of Service (Jason-CS), which is a pa...


Electron
Launch Successful
1 week, 6 days ago
Return to Sender
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

"Return to Sender" will loft 30 satellites to a sun-synchronous orbit at 500 km altitude for a range of customers, including TriSept, Unseenlabs, S...


Vega
Launch Failure
2 weeks, 2 days ago
SEOSAT-Ingenio & Taranis
Ariane Launch Area 1 - Kourou, French Guiana

SEOSAT-Ingenio is a high-resolution optical imaging mission of Spain - the flagship mission of the Spanish space strategic plan. Its mission is dev...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Launch Successful
2 weeks, 3 days ago
SpX USCV-1 (NASA Crew Flight 1)
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

SpaceX's first operational flight of manned Dragon 2 vehicle.


Atlas V 531
Launch Successful
2 weeks, 5 days ago
NROL-101
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.