Did you know?

The European Space Port in Kourou, French Guiana, is located at a latitude of 5°3', just over 500 km north of the equator.

This location is important as launchers profit from the ‘slingshot’ effect which is the energy created by the speed of the Earth’s rotation around the axis of the Poles.

This increases the speed of a launcher by 460 m per second. These important factors save fuel and money, and prolong the active life of satellites.

Image source: ESA CNES ARIANESPACE - S. Corvaja