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It is one of the most important weeks in the history of European space activity.
On Thursday, two satellites will launch from French Guiana to begin the process of rolling out Galileo - Europe's multi-billion-euro version of the American Global Positioning System (GPS).
If that were not significant enough, the spacecraft will ride to orbit on the first Russian Soyuz rocket to operate from Western territory.

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Galileo's Soyuz launchers arrive at French Guiana
 
The two Soyuz launchers that will fly the first four satellites of Europe's Galileo navigation system into orbit have arrived at Kourou harbour in French Guiana, completing a journey that took them halfway round the world.
 The first two Galileo In Orbit Validation satellites are set to be launched from Europe's Spaceport on 20 October, with two more following them into orbit by mid-2012.

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First Soyuz transfer to launch pad at Europe's Spaceport

A simulated launch campaign took place at Europe's Spaceport, French Guiana, on 29 April-5 May 2011.
This dry run ensured that the Soyuz and the new facilities work together perfectly, while allowing the teams to train under realistic launch conditions. It also validated all the procedures during the final phase before launch, except the fuelling of the vehicle.
The vehicle was transferred from the preparation building to the launch zone and erected into the vertical position. The mobile gantry was then rolled out to the pad and the vehicle's upper composite, comprising the Fregat upper stage and payload fairing, was hoisted on top of the launcher.
The campaign ended with a simulated liftoff and flight downrange.



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ESA hands over keys to Soyuz launch site
 
The official ceremony marking ESA's handover of the Soyuz launch site to Arianespace took place today at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, after the site was declared ready for the first flight and the completion of a simulated launch campaign.
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Soyuz launch site ready for first flight
 
The Soyuz site at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana is now ready for its first launch. ESA yesterday handed over the complex to Arianespace, marking a major step towards this year's inaugural flight.
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Europe's booming spaceport and its Amazon neighbours

The European rocket launch site in French Guiana may have become the world's most important commercial satellite spaceport, but Sue Nelson finds that its boom is alienating the locals.
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Ariane's 30th birthday

30 years ago, on Christmas Eve, Arianespace launched its first Ariane rocket from its new spaceport at Kourou on the edge of the massive Amazon rain forest.
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The site of a ground station for Galileo, Europe's global navigation satellite system, inside the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), near Kourou in French Guiana, was inaugurated on 19 November.
The site, which was made available by France's Centre national détudes spatiales (CNES), will play an essential role in the setting up of the Galileo system, since it will accommodate the most comprehensive of the Galileo ground segment stations. The Kourou station will consist of a telemetry, tracking and command (TT&C) station to monitor and control the Galileo constellation satellites, a sensor station (GSS) for acquisition of the satellite navigation signals, and two uplink stations (ULS) for transmission of navigation and integrity messages to the satellites.

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Russia is equipping its spaceport at Kourou, the Space Centre of French Guiana. This week it sent there two Soyuz rockets. They will be launched into space in 2010 along with the Russian boosters Vega.
At the moment, a new launch pad is being built in the Guiana Space Centre for launching Russian spacecraft.

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