US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — “The December launch of the Soyuz spacecraft with two Galileo satellites was postponed until next year,” the source said without indicating the reason for the transfer. He also added that the launch of the Falcon Eye-2 and CSO-2 satellites using the Soyuz launch vehicle was delayed on October 1 and November 6, respectively.
The French company Arianespace said in late April that the launch from the Kourou Space Center, which had been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, would resume in mid-June 2020.
In April, another source in the rocket and space industry said that the launch of the Falcon Eye-2 satellite was postponed to September 15, and CSO-2 to October 15. The launch of two European Galileo navigation satellites was tentatively scheduled for December 15th.
It was originally planned that the Soyuz rocket with the Falcon Eye-2 satellite from the UAE will be launched on April 14, and with the French satellite CSO-2 in the second half of May. Both launches were then delayed for a month due to a problem with the upper stage of the Frigate overclocking unit, and then due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since 2011, the Soyuz launched 23 launches from the Kourou Space Center in French Guiana.
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