CNES Looks to Improve Availability of Guyanese Space Center to Accommodate New Launchers, Launch Trajectories

Soyuz ascends from the Spaceport in French Guiana on Arianespace’s second mission of 2019, carrying the first six satellites for OneWeb. (Credit: Arianespace)

PARIS (CNES PR) — At the Guyanese Space Center (CSG), the evolution of launching azimuths leads to an increase in firing towards the North. In addition, more and more different launchers and associated launch sites must be taken into consideration, in particular with new launchers and demonstrators in preparation.

Thus, what at the beginning of the 2000s represented an occasional constraint, neutralizing the summer months for launches to the North, is becoming an increasingly present question and now concerns more launches.

In addition, the high level of requirements of the CSG in terms of security implies a flawless operation of the backup system including complex redundancies, a single failure can lead to a postponement of the launch.

In this context, CNES has decided to re-examine in depth all the factors that may affect the availability of the CSG, by integrating innovative solutions with the aim of improving its availability while guaranteeing the protection of people.

In particular, the implementation of new systems and equipment will make it possible to envisage much more agile operational strategies.

This project, which will report directly to the President of CNES, will have to propose measures that can be applied as of this year, while the CSG launch manifesto provides for several launches to the North.