Press Release

The 1675th flight of a Soyuz launch vehicle was performed Sunday

By SpaceRef Editor
February 3, 2003
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The 1675th flight of a Soyuz launch vehicle was performed Sunday, February
2, 2003 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launcher lifted off
on schedule at 5:59 p.m. Baikonur local time (1:59 p.m., in Paris), and the
Progress spacecraft was accurately placed on the target orbit.

This was the 1st Soyuz mission in 2003.

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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