Photos: Soyuz launches French military satellite
French military surveillance satellite launched by Soyuz rocket
Live coverage: Soyuz lifts off from French Guiana
A French military spy satellite lifted off Tuesday atop a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana. Launch of Arianespace’s final mission of 2020 occurred at 11:42 a.m. EST (1642 GMT). Officials called off a launch attempt Monday because of unfavorable high-altitude winds over the spaceport in South America.
French military spysat set for launch Monday
Arianespace targets early 2021 for Vega return-to-flight
Presenting the results of an inquiry into a European Vega rocket failure last month, officials said Friday that misleading instructions and inadequate preflight checks caused teams to overlook wrongly-installed cables on the launcher’s upper stage steering system. Arianespace aims to resume Vega launches before the end of March.