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Soyuz-Fregat rocket at its launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, in July 2000. Soyuz rockets are used by Starsem, a joint French- Russian consortium that bids for contracts to deliver payloads, such as satellites, into Earth orbit. The payload would be contained in the Fregat upper stage, which sits above three lower stages that successively boost the cargo into orbit.
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