The rockets have done over 160 missions from bases in Baikanour
in Kazakhstan and Yasny, Russia.
The key action centers for space exploration are the NASA facilities at Cape Canaveral in Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California; the Russian complex at Baikanour
in what is now Kazakhstan; and the French Ariane base near the equator in Kourou, Guiana, South America.
The satellite would be launched into 600-kilometre polar orbit around Earth in October or November 2004 from the Russian space centre at Baikanour
in Kazakhstan, reported the online edition of the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.