Soyuz Booster to Kourou A half century after inaugurating the space era from the steppes of Central Asia, the venerable Soyuz launcher is about to embark on a new career in South America. Space ministers last week unanimously approved the installation of a Soyuz launchpad at the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, as part of a package of measures intended to reinforce Europe's launch system. European Space Agency (ESA) Director General Antonio Rodota, who will step down in ...

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