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Directions 2017: The year of Galileo

December 9, 2016By

I write at an especially exciting moment for the Galileo satellite navigation system, as two flagship European programmes combine for the very first time. Mid-November will see the very first Galileo launch using an Ariane 5 launcher from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, in place of the Soyuz that has served the constellation up until now. Four instead of two... read more

Rocket readied for 4 at once for Galileo

October 3, 2016By

The first rocket to loft four global positioning satellites at once has begun its build-up at the European Space Agency’s Spaceport in French Guiana.  The milestone mission, scheduled for Nov. 17, will carry four Galileo satellites into orbit. This launcher  began the integration process with the cryogenic core stage’s positioning over a mobile launch pad, followed by integration of the... read more

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