Arianespace has launched another two Galileo FOC (Full Operation Capability) global navigation satellites for Europe. Following a weather delay on Friday, the two satellites were launched by a Soyuz ST-B Fregat on the VS26 mission on Saturday. Liftoff occurred on December 4, 2021, at 21:19 Kourou time (Dec 5, 00:19 UTC; Dec 4, 7:19 pm EST).
The launch of VS26 was the 150th Arianespace mission for European institutions and the 13th mission for Arianespace. This was the first Soyuz launch from the Guiana Space Center in 2021.