Soyuz STB/Fregat-MT | Gaia

Arianespace launch of a Soyuz STB/Fregat-MT Rocket

Launch Status
Success

Arianespace was scheduled to launch a Soyuz STB/Fregat-MT rocket as part of the Gaia mission. The launch window for the Astrophysics mission was on Thu, Dec 19th, 2013, 4:12 AM EST from Soyuz Launch Complex, Kourou/Sinnamary. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Soyuz STB/Fregat-MT and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

Gaia

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.

Location

Soyuz Launch Complex, Kourou/Sinnamary

Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace

Rocket

Soyuz STB

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.

Arianespace

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.