Soyuz Rockets Prepare for Liftoff From New Spaceport
Photo: ESA/ARIANESPACE/CNES/Corvaja/Patrick Aventurier
Aerial of Soyuz Complex
The new Russian Soyuz launch complex at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.
The five-level concrete structure houses mission equipment, and the top two levels have 50-foot wide openings for the launch table and the erected Soyuz vehicle. The upper area accommodates the launch pad infrastructure, including the service tower, fueling booms and erector.
The first Soyuz launch is planned for October, 2011 with a Galileo satellite.