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Pandemic. Russia repatriates technicians from the Kourou cosmodrome

Roscosmos' decision: a plane ready for recovery

The Russian Space Agency Roscosmos has ordered the sending of a charter plane to French Guyana, where in Kourou, the city where the well-known cosmodrome is based, it will pick up its technicians and specialists from the space center to bring them back to their homeland, safe from any coronavirus infections. "Currently the employees of the Russian missile sector companies in the Guyana Space Center are busy on the launch complex of the Soyuz-ST carrier. After completing the works, all the specialists will be brought back to Russia on a charter flight", the Agency said and it had already in recent days announced the cancellation of all international commitments and business travels for its employees.

The Guyanese cosmodrome is the site of the main European space missile launch center, used for the Ariane and Vega rockets of ESA (European Space Agency) and for the Russian-made Soyuz launcher. In total, the Russian staff currently operating in the facility consists of about 300 people, many of them are involved in the preparation for the launch of the Soyuz-ST-A which will bring the Emirati Falcon Eye-2 satellite into orbit. The launch, however, scheduled for early March, was postponed to April to allow further technical checks (see AVIONEWS).

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency