Soyuz Flight VS06
Arianespace’s next Soyuz flight from French Guiana is now scheduled for launch on December 19 as the checks on its payload – the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gaia billion-star surveyor – are proceeding nominally.
With this planning, liftoff will commence at precisely 6:12:18 a.m. local time at the Spaceport.
Gaia was developed by ESA for its mission to chart a three-dimensional map of the Milky Way. Built by Astrium, the scientific satellite will collect a massive amount of data over its planned five-year mission – providing enough information to answer questions related to the origin, structure and evolutionary history of the galaxy.
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.
Date: Nov 25, 2013