Soyuz to launch Hispasat 36W-1

A Russian-built Soyuz rocket is set for liftoff from the Guiana Space Center Friday night on its first Geostationary Transfer Orbit mission from French Guiana, carrying the Hispasat 36W-1 communications satellite. Switched from Ariane 5 to avoid waiting for a slot on Europe's heavy-lifter, H36W-1 is looking forward to a 32-minute ride on the Soyuz into a highly elliptical orbit. The mission marks the record GTO payload for the Soyuz/Fregat combination, taking the vehicle right to the upper edge of its performance.

Live Video by ESA / Arianespace

Launch Date: January 28, 2017Launch Updates
T-0 Target: 01:03:36 UTCH36W-1 Satellite Overview
Backup T-0: 01:36:34 UTCSoyuz ST-B Launch Vehicle
Launch Site: ELS; French GuianaCountdown Timeline
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz ST-BFlight Profile
Payload: Hispasat 36W-1 (3,220kg)Arianespace Archive
Ascent Duration: 32 Minutes 
Target Orbit: 250 x 35,736km, 5.44°