Evergreen Soyuz takes a tropical launch

The  Evergreen Soyuz that took famous Russian astronaut Gagarin and the Sputnik into space, began a new chapter in its rich history when it took on its first flight from the European Spacesport located in the French Guyana.

The Soyuz is more than 60-years-old but has flown an amazing 1700 times and all takeoffs have been safe without any complications.

Former astronaut for the ESA, Jean-Pierre Haignere said that Soyuz and the way it has survived over the past 60 years and has remained operational is a myth for all of the astronauts.

The Korolev Design Bureau designed the Soyuz in the 1960s and is considered to be one of the most reliable Russian launch vehicle to date. The first launch mission happened on November 28, 1966 but Vladimir Komarov died when the Soyuz 1 crash-landed. The
Soyuz 11 was another fatal mission in which a crew of three astronauts was killed. Despite those early deaths, Soyuz is one of world’s safest spaceflight systems.

The Soyuz ACTS (Advance Crew Transportation System) is the fourth generation of Soyuz spaceflight vehicles and will be capable of achieving lunar orbit by 2012. A new habitation module for the Soyuz ACTS has also been designed by the European Space Agency
in collaboration with the Russian Space Agency. Missions on the Soyuz ACTS will be launched from the Guinea Space Centre and Baikonur.