December 10, 2019

Photos: Soyuz soars skyward from French Guiana


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Flying for the 10th time from a tropical launch facility along the South American coastline, a Russian Soyuz rocket lifted off Dec. 18 and streaked through partly sunny skies with four satellites to extend the reach of the O3b Networks,  a company founded to bring broadband to the world’s most remote and impoverished countries.

The 151-foot-tall launcher’s kerosene-burning core stage and four strap-on boosters powered the first phase of the flight seen in the video and photos below.

Liftoff from the Soyuz launch pad in French Guiana occurred at 1837 GMT (1:37 p.m. EST) Thursday, when the booster’s engines reached full thrust and clamps retracted to release the rocket for flight.

The video includes dazzling clips from high-speed cameras placed around the Soyuz launch facility.

Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Photo Optique Video du CSG – P. BaudonPhoto credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Photo Optique Video du CSG – JM Guillon
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Photo Optique Video du CSG – JM Guillon
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Photo Optique Video du CSG – JM Guillon
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Photo Optique Video du CSG – JM Guillon
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Photo Optique Video du CSG – JM Guillon
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Photo Optique Video du CSG – JM Guillon
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Photo Optique Video du CSG – P. Baudon
Photo credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Photo Optique Video du CSG – P. Baudon

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