A solution to replace space shuttle for ISS, 10 russian Soyuz-ST carrier rockets bought by Ariane EU
Ariane european Space transporter gets a second heavy load rocket the russian Soyuz-ST.
First start 2010 from French Guyana Kourou (North south-america) The rocket will be able to get freight into space or, the Return version of the fully automatic european ATV transporter, later version for transport "fly me back" for ISS Astronauts.
Putin & Europe, stability, energy and space. U.S. isolated ?
SOCHI, September 20, France will buy 10 Russian Soyuz carrier rockets, according to a contract signed by Russia’s Federal Space Agency and the French company Arianespace. Arianespace Director General Jean-Yves Le Gall said on Saturday that the first launch would be made in 2009 from Kourou.He project is estimated at 300-400 million euros. The official noted that a contract had been signed last year for the purchase of four carrier rockets and that 21 commercial launches had been made since then. Three to four Soyuz-ST launches a year are planned from Kourou beginning 2010 in addition to Ariane launches. Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) is negotiating with the European Space Agency and several potential partners for the launch of up to 20 Soyuz-ST carrier rockets from Kourou in French Guiana. The launch pad for Russian Soyuz-ST rockets is being built at Kourou under the Soyuz-Kourour project in accordance with an inter-governmental agreement between Russia and France signed in November 2003. The total cost of the project is 344 million euros.