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Arianespace, Roscosmos sign agreement on Soyuz rocket supply for launches from Kourou

April 04, 2014, 9:50 UTC+3 PARIS
The history of Russia’s cooperation with Kourou is not long, but very fruitful, says Roscosmos head Oleg Ostapenko
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PARIS, April 04. /ITAR-TASS/. France’s Arianespace and Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos have signed an agreement on the supply of seven Russian Soyuz carrier rockets for the launches from the Kourou spaceport in 2016-2019, Arianespace chief Stephane Israel reported on Thursday. He spoke at a ceremony at the French Guiana spaceport devoted to the seventh launch of a Soyuz carrier rocket with the Sentinel-1A satellite.

The satellite designed for Earth surface monitoring was successfully placed into a near-earth orbit 20 minutes after the blastoff.

“We signed today (on Thursday) a contract with Roscosmos on the supply of seven additional Soyuz carrier rockets. This will allow us to secure launches for a period up to 2019,” Israel said.

“I would like to personally thank Roscosmos head Oleg Ostapenko for his active participation in the preparation of this agreement and for the general contribution to cooperation between Europe and Russia, between Arianespace and Roscosmos,” the French corporation head stressed.

Speaking at the Guiana Space Center, Ostapenko noted for his part that “the history of Russia’s cooperation with Kourou is not long, but very fruitful.” “The contracts concluded today and the arrangements made at the negotiations give us deep confidence that our tasks not only in terms of the launch of payloads into space, but also in a wider range of cooperation, will be successfully fulfilled,” the Roscosmos chief emphasized.

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