In the third successful launch since the Soyuz FG non-fatal launch failure of the Soyuz MS-10 crewed launch, a Soyuz ST-B with an Fregat M successfully lifted off from the Sinnamary launch site near Kourou in French Guiana. Launch time was at 0047 GMT on 7 November. Aboard was the 4084 kg European Metop-C meteorological spacecraft which was being carried for EUMETSAT and which was built by Airbus Defence and Space. It was placed into a sun-synchronous low Earth orbit as planned and is expected to operate for a minimum of five years.

Metop C is launched. Courtesy: Arianespace