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- Title Fregat separation
- Released 21/06/2006 10:28 am
- Copyright ESA - AOES Medialab
MetOp-A has been launched on a Soyuz/ST Fregat rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Once close to its orbital altitude, the spacecraft is orientated by the Fregat upper-stage to ensure that it is in a circular orbit. The Fregat is then released leaving the MetOp satellite in its polar orbit 800 km above the surface of the Earth.