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    SOYUZ ROCKETS TO BE DELIVERED TO FRENCH GUYANA BY RAIL AND SEA

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    MOSCOW, February 5 (RIA Novosti) - Special Russian trains and European ferries will deliver Souyz-ST rockets to the Kourou space center in French Guyana.

    "Our Souyz carrier rockets will have to travel a long distance before they reach the space center," a source at Rosaviakosmos (the Russian Space Agency) told RIA Novosti.

    According to him, the first Russian rockets will be delivered to St. Petersburg by railroad from a manufacturing plant in Samara (Volga area). The rockets will then be loaded onto a vessel owned by Arianespace, a European company.

    Arianespace has two vessels to transport components of spaceships and payloads, the source said.

    The source specified that the Russian Souyz rockets will be launched from a special Russian-built launch site instead of the launch pad used to launch French Ariane rockets.

    The first Souyz-ST is scheduled to be launched in late 2006 or early 2007.

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