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First Soyuz ready for liftoff from French Guiana

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The first Soyuz to take off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana was moved to the launch pad on 14 October. The rocket that will carry the first two Galileo navigation satellites into orbit is on track for liftoff on 20 October.

The three-stage Soyuz ST-B was rolled out horizontally on its erector from the preparation building using the 600 m-long railway that leads to the pad. The vehicle was then raised into its launch position. 

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