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Kourou,

town and commune (2007 pop. 25,918), N French Guiana, on the coast 26 mi (42 km) NW of CayenneCayenne
, city and district (1990 pop. 41,659), capital of French Guiana, on Cayenne island at the mouth of the Cayenne River. The city has a shallow harbor, and deep-draft ships must anchor some distance out. Timber, rum, essence of rosewood, and gold are exported.
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. A rocket-launching base, the Guiana Space Center, is mainly in the commune near the town; the Soyuz launch complex portion of the center is in neighboring Sinnamary commune. Launches there are conducted by the French space agency, the European Space AgencyEuropean Space Agency
(ESA), multinational agency dedicated to the promotion, for exclusively peaceful purposes, of cooperation among European states in space research and technology.
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, and Arianespace. There also is a space museum. Devils IslandDevils Island,
Fr. Île du Diable, the smallest and southernmost of the Îles du Salut, in the Caribbean Sea off French Guiana. A penal colony founded in 1852, it was used largely for political prisoners, the most celebrated of whom was Alfred Dreyfus.
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 is offshore but is part of Cayenne commune.

Kourou

(koo -roo) A coastal town in north central French Guiana, near which lies the launch site for ESA's Ariane launcher. Originally owned by the European Launcher Development Organization (ELDO) and known as its Equatorial Space Range, the site passed to ESA upon its formation in the mid-1970s .
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New Delhi [India], June 29 ( ANI ): India's communication satellite GSAT-17 was launched by French rocket Ariane-5 in the wee hours of Thursday from Kourou, French Guiana by Ariane-5 VA-238.
SES's (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX: SESG) SES-15 satellite has arrived at the European space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for its launch by a Soyuz vehicle in April 2017, the company said.
They were launched from Kourou, in French Guiana, at around 05:30 pm local time, according to launch company Arianespace.
Speaking from Kourou, Emmanuel Macron, French Minister for Economic, Industrial and Digital Affairs, said:"This new success is the finest demonstration of the excellence of French and European space industry: this is the 38th satellite to join the fleet of Eutelsat, the French champion and Europe's leading satellite operator.
After the signing ceremony, Abdullah and Kourou commended the strong cooperation relations link the two brotherly countries, saying that the MoU is one of the positive results of the recent visit paid by the Turkish Foreign Minister to Sana'a late last year.
0202 GMT on Sunday) from a launch pad at Europe's space base near Kourou, French Guiana, on the northeast coast of South America.
The European Space Agency's newest Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) is ready for lift-off from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana, carrying a 20-tonne bulk making it the heaviest payload ever launched by Europe.
KOUROU -- An unmanned Ariane rocket successfully put a cargo vessel into orbit in Europe s first mission to carry supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), space officials said.
The European Parliament has come out in favour of establishing the Russian Soyuz system at the European space headquarters in Kourou in French Guiana and backed the prospect of Europe taking a full part in international manned flight programmes.
On June 4, 1996, minutes after takeoff from the European Space Agency's launch site in Kourou, French Guiana, the rocket carrying the four craft veered sharply off course and blew up (SN: 7/27/96, p.
Wednesday Singapore time from Kourou in French Guiana by the French company Arianespace.