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Proton Rocket Hoisted Into Launch Position

Proton Rocket Hoisted Into Launch PositionCredit: Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)A Russian Proton rocket is hoisted into launch position for the Aug. 17 launch of the new Express AM4 communications satellite from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan

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Soyuz ket Soars Toward Orbit on July 13, 2011

Soyuz Soars Toward Orbit on July 13, 2011Credit: Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)A Soyuz rocket soars skyward after launching from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on on July 13, 2011. The rocket carried six new satellites into orbit for the Globalstar network.

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Russian Cargo Ship Dazzles in Launch to Space Station

Russian Cargo Ship Dazzles in Launch to Space StationCredit: Russian Federal Space AgencyA dazzling view of the Oct. 14, 2009 (Eastern Time) launch of the Progress 35 cargo ship to the International Space Station was provided live via the Russian Federal Space Agency

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Russian Proton Rocket Launches Norwegian Satellite

Russian Proton Rocket Launches Norwegian SatelliteCredit: ILS.An International Launch Services (ILS) Proton rocket launches the Thor 5 satellite into orbit on Feb. 11, 2008.

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Russia Launches Three New Glonass Navigation Satellites

Russia Launches Three New Glonass Navigation SatellitesCredit: Federal Space Agency.A Russian Proton M rocket stands poised to launch three Glonass navigation satellites on Dec. 22, 2008. Liftoff occurred as planned on Dec. 25 from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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New Asian Communications Satellite Launches to Space

New Asian Communications Satellite Launches to SpaceCredit: ILS.An International Launch Services Proton rocket launches the AsiaSat 5 satellite from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on Aug. 11, 2009.

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New Russian Cargo Ship Blasts Off for Space Station

New Russian Cargo Ship Blasts Off for Space StationCredit: RSC Energia [Full Story]The unmanned Russian Progress 40 cargo ship blasts off atop a Soyuz rocket on Oct. 27, 2010 to deliver 2.5 tons of supplies to the International Space Station.

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Russian Rocket Successfully Orbits U.S. Communications Satellite

Russian Rocket Successfully Orbits U.S. Communications Satellite Credit: ILS.An International Launch Services Proton M rocket launches the DIRECTV10 communications satellite into orbit on July 6, 2007 EDT from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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Swedish Communications Satellite Reaches Orbit

Swedish Communications Satellite Reaches OrbitCredit: SES Sirius.The Sirius 4 telecommunications satellite launches spaceward atop a Russian Proton M rocket at 5:39 p.m. EST (2239 GMT) on Nov. 17, 2007.

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New Cargo Ship Launches Toward Space Station

New Cargo Ship Launches Toward Space StationCredit: RSC Energia.A Russian Soyuz rocket launches the Progress 28 cargo ship to the International Space Station on Feb. 5, 2008.

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Holiday Supply Ship Rockets Toward ISS

Holiday Supply Ship Rockets Toward ISSCredit: RSC Energia.A Russian-built Soyuz rocket sits atop its Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan as it prepares to loft the Progress 20 cargo ship to the ISS on Dec. 21, 2005.

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Russian Rocket Launches European Broadcast Satellite

Russian Rocket Launches European Broadcast SatelliteCredit: ILS.An ILS Proton rocket launches the Astra 1M direct-to-television broadcast satellite from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on Nov. 5, 2008.

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On Thursday, a Russian Soyuz rocket will launch from the European Space Agency...

On Thursday, a Russian Soyuz rocket will launch from the European Space Agency (ESA) spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, for the first time. The ESA has been launching its Ariane rockets (such as the one seen here) from the South American site for more than 30 years.

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Russia has successfully launched more than 1,700 of its Soyuz rockets into...

Russia has successfully launched more than 1,700 of its Soyuz rockets into space, making it the absolute workhorse of space flight. They are typically launched from a cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

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If all goes well, the 46-meter (151-foot) monstrosity will hurtle into the sky...

If all goes well, the 46-meter (151-foot) monstrosity will hurtle into the sky dragging a fire trail behind it. Its mission is to launch two satellites into orbit that will lay the foundation for Europe’s Galileo navigation system, which will compete with the America’s GPS system.

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A Soyuz rocket in Baikonur: The Russian rocket will launch from the Kourou site...

A Soyuz rocket in Baikonur: The Russian rocket will launch from the Kourou site because doing so allows it to carry a larger payload. Located only five degrees north of the equator, the earth’s surface in latitude Kourou moves faster than it does in Baikonur, which lies at a latitude of 46 degrees north.

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This thrust of additional tangential velocity near the equator boosts a...

This thrust of additional tangential velocity near the equator boosts a rocket’s performance. While the Soyuz can only hoist a 1.7 ton payload toward a geostationary orbit from the launch site in Baikonur, its performance jumps to three tons at the equator.

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The Russians have the right rocket, while the Europeans have the right launch...

The Russians have the right rocket, while the Europeans have the right launch site. Both sides benefit from the arrangement.

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