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Soyuz at Europe’s Spaceport: Fregat upperstage integration
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- Title Soyuz at Europe’s Spaceport: Fregat upperstage integration
- Released 04/05/2011
- Length 00:01:18
- Language English
- Footage Type Exterior shot
- Copyright ESA
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.