CoRoT was launched in December 2006. A Soyouz rocket put the satellite on its orbit, from the cosmodrome of Baïkonour (Kazakhstan).
It is at least two years before KEPLER, the rival project of NASA. It is also a few years ahead of EDDINGTON, the second generation project proposed by the ESA, which suffers from budgetary constraints.
The next steps, more ambitious and more distant, will consist of analyzing the atmosphere of exoplanets to determine the possibilities of the emergence of life, and making real images.
These are the objectives of the DARWIN project (ESA) and the TPF mission (NASA), planned for 2015.