[FPSPACE] Soyuz Kourou Launchsite
clj at panix.com
Tue Jun 1 18:53:04 EDT 2004
Stefan Barensky wrote:
>>>When the Kourou launch site for the Soyuz is completed (and few doubt
>>>it will not be), the Soyuz will become first launch vehicle to have
>>>launched from three countries - Kourou in French Guiana, Baikonur in
>>>Kazakhstan, and Plesetsk in Russia.
Or, being excruciatingly pedantic, four: the Soviet Union, Russia,
Kazakhstan, and (soon) France.
> And how many vehicles have been launched from two countries?
> Scout (U.S., Kenya), Diamant (Algeria, French Guiana), Tsyklon (Russia,
> Kazakhstan), Rokot (Russia, Kazakhstan) and Juno/Redstone (U.S., Australia)
> come to my mind. Are there others?
Tskyklon, Kosmos (the later), and Molniya have all, I believe, been launched
from Plesetsk when it was in the Soviet Union and when it was in Russia, as
well as from Baikonur (both in SU days and Kazakhstan days). Depending on
how you count that, it's either two or three countries, and I expect Molniya
may be launched from Kourou too. Vostok I think was retired before the end
of the SU, so although it flew from Plesetsk and Baikonur, it would only
count as flying from one country.
Proton has only flown from Baikonur, but that could be considered as flying
from two countries.
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