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ESA's GAIA satellite is scheduled to be sent aloft by a Russian Soyuz launcher from the Guiana Space Centre on 19 December 2013. Webcast start time : 8h52 (UTC).
The Russian Rockot light launcher lifted off on schedule this Friday 22 November from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome carrying the three ESA scientific satellites dedicated to studying Earth’s magnetic field.
The European Space Agency’s three Swarm satellites are scheduled to be placed into low-Earth orbit (460-530 km) on 22 November from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia, by a Rockot launcher. Their objective is to gather crucial data about Earth’s magnetic field with a suite of instruments that CNES and its partners helped to develop.
Due to recently-discovered technical issues, ESA has decided to perform additional verifications on its Gaia satellite and requested that Arianespace postpone the Gaia launch initially scheduled for November 20, 2013. New launch date on December 20, 2013.