Four European navigation satellites GalileoFOC should be placed into orbit using Russian launch vehicles Soyuz-ST to be launched from the Guiana Space Center near Kourou in French Guiana in 2015, Alexander Kirilin, the CEO of the Progress research and production rocket space center located in Samara, told Interfax-AVN.
"Four launches of Soyuz-ST rockets carrying GalileoFOC satellites from the Guiana Space Center are planned in February and July 2015," Kirilin said.
A source with the space rocket industry told Interfax-AVN that the next Soyuz-ST launch from the Kourou spaceport is scheduled for December 18, 2014. "It is designed to place four British O3b communication satellites into orbit," the source said.
There have been a total of nine Soyuz-ST launches from the Guiana Space Center since 2011. The last launch on August 22, 2014 was not entirely successful, as two European navigation satellites GalileoFOC could not reach the planned orbit and cannot be used as intended because of a Fregat-MT upper stage malfunction.
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