Support The Moscow Times!

After Delays, Russia's Soyuz Rocket Sends European Satellite Into Orbit

Russia's Soyuz-STA rocket successfully launched from the spaceport at Kourou in French Guiana, carrying the European Sentinel-1B satellite, Russia's space agency Roscosmos said in a statement on Tuesday.

The launch was broadcast live on the website of French space launch company Arianespace.

The Sentinel-1B satellite is part of the Copernicus space mission funded by the European Union to monitor Earth.

The satellite will explore the composition and state of the planet's atmosphere.

Sentinel-1A, the first Sentinel-1 satellite, was launched on a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana in April 2014.

The launch of the Soyuz-STA rocket was delayed several times over the past few weeks.

The launch was initially scheduled for April 12, but was postponed to April 23. After that, it was postponed again twice due to poor weather conditions, according to the TASS news agency.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

As we approach the holiday season, please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world’s largest country.