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Soyuz launch with Gaia spacecraft is postponed for additional payload checks

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The upcoming Soyuz flight with Europe’s Gaia has been postponed at the customer’s request, allowing time for additional checks on this star-mapping scientific satellite.

A new launch date will be announced by Arianespace as soon as the spacecraft’s availability is confirmed.

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Gaia was developed by the European Space Agency and produced by Astrium for a mission to chart a three-dimensional map of the Milky Way.  In the process, it will reveal the galaxy’s composition, formation and evolution.

With a liftoff mass of 2,030 kg., Gaia is to be placed on a trajectory to an orbit around the Sun at a location known as the L2 Lagrangian point.

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Source : Arianespace

Published on ASDNews: Oct 23, 2013


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