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Artist's impression of Fregat/Venus Express on the Soyuz third stage
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- Title Artist's impression of Fregat/Venus Express on the Soyuz third stage
- Released 10/10/2005 5:03 pm
- Copyright ESA - AOES Medialab
The Soyuz launcher has three lower stages (third stage seen here), while the Fregat upper stage has a fairing which houses Venus Express, attached via a conically shaped adapter.
Fregat will be ignited twice. The first ignition will move the Fregat-Venus Express into an almost circular 'parking orbit' from the sub-orbital trajectory into which it is delivered by the Soyuz third stage. The second ignition will send Venus Express into its interplanetary trajectory.