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Discover French Guiana with Europcar

The Guiana Space Centre or, more commonly, Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG) is a French and European spaceport to the northwest of Kourou in French Guiana. Operational since 1968, it is particularly suitable as a location for a spaceport as it fulfills the two major geographical requirements of such a site:

  • it is near the equator, so that less energy is required to maneuver a spacecraft into an equatorial, geostationary orbit, and
  • it has open sea to the east, so that lower stages of rockets and debris from launch failures cannot fall on human habitations.

The European Space Agency (ESA), the French space agency CNES (National Centre for Space Studies), and the commercial companies Arianespace and Azercosmos conduct launches from Kourou.This was the spaceport used by the ESA to send supplies to the International Space Station using the Automated Transfer Vehicle.

The location was selected in 1964 to become the spaceport of France. In 1975, France offered to share Kourou with ESA.Commercial launches are bought also by non-European companies. ESA pays two thirds of the spaceport's annual budget and has also financed the upgrades made during the development of the Ariane launchers.

The first Ariane launch took place on December 24, 1979 with an Ariane 1 and now has more than 220 shots. Since the mid-1980s, Ariane has been the world leader in the commercial satellite market, with a market share of between 50 and 65%.
As part of a Russian-European cooperation agreement, the Russian-European company Starsem was established in 1996 and the European Space Agency will use Soyuz launchers for its own firing (both for self-launching and for orbit charging charges).
The first launch of a Soyuz took place in October 2011.

The Space Museum at the Guiana Space Center

The museum offers a thematic route and interactive animations on the theme of space, a permanent broadcast of scientific and technical films and a multimedia educational space for children as well as many temporary exhibitions

Come see a launch and see the stars in your Europcar Guyane car rental!

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