Galileo

Update: Galileo Launch Rescheduled for Friday

August 21, 2014By

UPDATE: The next launch attempt for Soyuz VS09 with Europe’s fifth and sixth Galileo satellites is Friday, August 22, at 12:27 GMT, 14:27 CEST. Arianespace had decided to postpone the launch of Soyuz flight VS09 carrying Europe’s fifth and sixth Galileo satellites, because of unfavorable weather conditions over the Guiana Space Centre. Follow the launch live. Streaming starts at 12:07 UTC/14:07 CEST. The launch was... read more

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ESA Discusses Galileo Satellite Power Loss, Upcoming Launch

August 20, 2014By

During the European Space Agency (ESA) audio press conference held Wednesday morning in advance of Thursday’s launch of two Galileo satellites, there was extended discussion on the problem with the fourth in-orbit validation or IOV satellite (FM4 or GSAT0104 with PRN code E20). The satellite suffered a power anomaly on May 27 as previously reported by GPS World. The root... read more

Galileo Satellites Encapsulated for Launch

August 19, 2014By
The medium-lift workhorse has been raised into a vertical orientation as the mobile gantry – which provides protection during the “upper composite’s” integration – is moved into position.

UPDATE: Arianespace has decided to postpone the launch of Soyuz flight VS09 carrying Europe’s fifth and sixth Galileo satellites. This is due to unfavorable weather conditions over the Guiana Space Centre. Another launch date will be decided depending on the evolution of the weather conditions in Kourou. Europe’s latest Galileo satellites have been sealed within their launch fairing, atop the... read more

Galileo Deployment Phase Overview

August 19, 2014By
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This video by the European Space Agency recalls the success of Galileo’s in-orbit validation phase and explains what will be the mission of the fifth and sixth Galileo satellites, set to launch August 21. Included is an interview with Sylvain Loddo, Galileo ground segment manager. The launch itself can be watched live here. View the video below. read more

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Galileo Towards the Future

August 15, 2014By

The special significance of next Thursday’s launch for the Galileo system as a whole is highlighted in a new video by the European Space Agency, with an interview with Didier Faivre, Galileo Program director. On August 21, ESA will launch two more Galileo satellites on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The satellites mark the beginning of a new... read more

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Galileo Open Service ICD Released, Comments Sought

August 14, 2014By

A new draft version of the Galileo Open Service Signal in Space Interface Control Document (OS SIS ICD), issue 1, revision 2, was published by the European Commission (EC) on June 30, and is available for download. The European Commission has launched an open public consultation process in order to improve and consolidate the current draft document and to ensure that any further... read more

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Two More Galileo Satellites Scheduled for August 21 Launch

August 14, 2014By
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UDPATE: Arianespace has decided to postpone the launch of Soyuz flight VS09 carrying Europe’s fifth and sixth Galileo satellites, because of unfavorable weather conditions over the Guiana Space Centre. Another launch date will be decided depending on the evolution of the weather conditions in Kourou. The next satellites in Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system will be launched on August 21,... read more

Galileo’s Troubled E20 Satellite Is Alive

August 7, 2014By

The troubled Galileo E20 satellite restarted E1 signal transmission Wednesday evening, August 6. Galileo E20, also known as GSAT0104, the fourth in-orbit validation (IOV) satellite, has been set “unavailable until further notice” according to the European GNSS Service Centre because of a sudden, unexpected loss of power on May 27. Based on a selected set of IGS MGEX stations and all CONGO stations, the... read more

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