Eurockot Launch Services GmbH is the joint venture of EADS Astrium (51 %) and Space Center Khrunichev, Moscow (49 %). Eurockot provides launch services to operators of remote sensing and scientific satellites into Low Earth Orbits and uses the proven Rockot launcher form Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia. Since commencing operations in 2000, Eurockot has performed 10 launches for institutional customers such as ESA and the space agencies of Germany, Canada, Japan, Czechia and Korea as well as for commercial satellite operators in the US. The responsibilities of Eurockot comprise the acquisition of launch contracts from customers as well as the programme management for each launch. Eurockot is the contractual partner of the customer and has meanwhile become one of the leading launch service providers internationally. Eurockot currently holds contracts for several launches until 2015, amongst others with ESA for the Swarm mission as well as for the Sentinel 2-A and 3-A missions in support of the European GMES Earth observation programme.
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