1662nd successful launch of Soyuz

Status Report From: Starsem
Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2001

The 1662nd flight of a Soyuz launch vehicle took place successfully on Saturday, September 15, 2001 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launcher lifted off on schedule at 05:35 a.m. Baikonur local time (01:35 a.m. in Paris), and the payload was accurately placed on the target orbit.

This was the 8th Soyuz mission in 2001 and the 66th successful launch in a row associated with the Soyuz family of launchers. 9 of these 66 successes were human flights.

Soyuz sustained launch rate confirms its position as one of the world's primary launch vehicles. This rate also demonstrates Samara Space Center's continuous production capacity, as well as the operational capability of launch teams at Baikonur under the authority of the Russian Aviation and Space Agency.

Starsem is the Soyuz Company, bringing together all key players involved in the production, operation and international commercial marketing of the world's most versatile launch vehicle. Shareholders in Starsem are EADS (35%), the Russian Aviation and Space Agency (25%), the Samara Space Center (25%) and Arianespace (15%). The Starsem manifest for Soyuz missions currently includes contracted launches for Space Systems/Loral, Alcatel Space Industries, the European Space Agency and Eumetsat.

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