Soyuz rocket launches GIOVE-B satellite
Sunday, April 27, 2008
At 22:16 GMT yesterday (04:16 today local time), a Russian / carrier rocket was launched from the in Kazakhstan, carrying the European experimental . The launch was conducted by , a Russo-European organisation which commercially markets Soyuz-FG and launches. GIOVE-B was successfully deployed into a at 02:01 GMT this morning, after an ascent lasting nearly four hours.
GIOVE-B will serve as a prototype for the International Space Station.. It is the second such prototype, GIOVE-A is already in orbit, having been launched in December 2005. GIOVE-B was originally scheduled to launch in April 2006, but was delayed for a number of reasons. The next Galileo launch is scheduled to be the first cluster of operational satellites, which will be launched in 2010. The next Soyuz launch will be a in mid-may, with a to resupply the
This was the 20th orbital launch of, the 24th Soyuz-FG launch, and the 1,732nd flight of a Soyuz rocket of any variant.
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