The Soyuz-ST-B launch vehicle finally took off fromKourou on Saturday, at around 21:19 local time (00:19 GMT on Sunday), according to a live broadcast from the Russian space agency, Roscosmos.
Roscosmos said on Twitter that the launch vehicle successfully carried the Fregat booster with the Galileo satellites to a suborbital trajectory.
"The Soyuz-ST-B rocket successfully injected the Fregat upper stage with the #Galileo spacecraft into a suborbital trajectory. The Russian upper stage has begun its flight mission, which will last 3 hours 51 minutes," Roscosmos said.
This was the first Soyuz launch from Guiana this year. In total, there have been over two dozen Russian Soyuz-ST launches fromKourou since October 2011. Next year, four launches of Russian carrier rockets are planned from the Guiana Space Center.
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