On May 18, 2017 at 11:54 UTC the Russian "Soyuz-STA” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou launch site in French Guiana. The rocket equipped with the "Fregat-M” booster orbited the “SES-15” telecommunication satellite. The spacecraft’s mission is to help airline travelers stay connected and improve air navigation over the United States. The satellite was made by Boeing Satellite Systems. It was the 17th launch of a Soyuz rocket-carrier from French Guiana, the only Soyuz launch pad outside the former territory of the Soviet Union.