In French Guiana (South America) from Kuru space launching site, they launched two European satellites ‘Soyuz-ST’ as a result of an ambitious project which began in 2005. The Europeans have received one of the most safe and trouble-free satellites and plan to make over 50 launches during the next ten years. The launching pad’s main peculiarity is the movable service tower which costed Europe 344 million Euros and was constructed by Russian specialists. The house of the rocket (let’s call it this way) has a weight of over 800 tons and protects the satellite from heavy rains which are very typical of that area (over 500 milimeters of precipitation may fall during just one day!).
Watch the video to see this ‘high-rise building’ in operation.
The ‘Company Mir’ won the tender (tendered by the governments of Russia and France) for designing, manufacture and installation of the movable tower. The location of the launching site in the equatorial zone (French Guiana) enables launching heavier satellites than Russain Baykonur and Plesetsk.