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European Spaceports

Year: 2015
ESA conducts orbital space launches from its only spaceport: Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. Guiana Space Center launches the Soyuz, Ariane 5, and Vega space launch vehicles. The European spaceport is one of the closest active spaceports to the Earth’s equator.
Year: 2011
Two major developments were underway in 2011 at the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, in addition to the usual launches of Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket. Efforts to enable the launch of Russia’s Soyuz rocket from the facility were completed in 2011, with ## successful launches taking...
Year: 2010
Europe is completing work on facilities to host two new launch vehicles at the Guiana Space Centre, the primary European spaceport, located near Kourou, French Guiana. One facility, located 12 kilometers from the existing Ariane 5 launch site, will host the Russian-built Soyuz rocket. Unlike the...
Year: 2009
Launches of the Russian Soyuz 2 will begin in 2010 from ESA’s Kourou launch site, a new alternative to the venerable Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia. The project to bring the Soyuz to Kourou was funded by ESA, the European Union, and Arianespace to provide...
Year: 2008
The Guiana Space Centre, funded primarily by ESA, is located in Kourou, on the coast of French Guiana, a French Overseas Department on the northeast coast of South America. The spaceport became the main launch site for ESA in 1975. The spaceport hosts launches of the Ariane 5 heavy-lift rocket and...

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