TAG: Arianespace

Four-satellite Galileo Ariane 5 dispenser in place

June 14, 2016By
A four-satellite dispenser for Galileo's Ariane 5 is shown during shaker testing at Airbus Defence and Space near Bordeaux, France. The dispenser has had four Galileo engineering models attached to it for test purposes.
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News from the European Space Agency (ESA) Following rigorous testing in France and Germany, a new type of dispenser designed to carry four navigation satellites into orbit at once is now in French Guiana, in place for Galileo’s first Ariane 5 launch later this year. The dispenser is an essential element of launch success, with a double role to play.... read more

Galileo 13 and 14 satellites ready for Tuesday launch

May 23, 2016By
Europe's 13th and 14th Galileo satellites being encapsulated inside their launcher fairing. (Photo: ESA)

Galileos 13 and 14 are scheduled to lift off at 08:48:43 GMT (05:48:43 local time, 10:48:43 CEST) on May 24 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana atop a Soyuz launcher. The first three stages of the Soyuz rocket take the Galileo satellites and their Fregat upper stage into low orbit nine minutes after liftoff. Then the reignitable Fregat, as much... read more

Galileo satellites 13 and 14 prepare for launch

May 18, 2016By

Another pair of Galileo navigation satellites is scheduled for launch by a Soyuz rocket on May 24 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, bringing the Galileo system a step closer to operational use. This video gives an overview of Galileo and shows Galileo 13 and 14 in preparation in Kourou. It includes an interview with Paul Verhoef, ESA director of... read more

Payload integration begins next Galileo launch

May 16, 2016By

The first of two Galileo navigation satellites to be orbited on Arianespace’s May 24 Soyuz flight has been integrated on its payload dispenser system, marking a key step as preparations advance for this medium-lift mission from French Guiana. Named “Danielė,” the Galileo 13 spacecraft was installed this week during activity inside the Spaceport’s S3B payload preparation facility. It is to... read more

Galileo 13 satellite fueled for May 24 lift-off

May 10, 2016By
Galileo 10 is fueled at the Spaceport for Arianespace’s May 24 mission with Soyuz.

Preparations for Arianespace’s upcoming mission have moved into the fueling phase for the next two Galileo navigation satellites, Galileo 13 and 14. The satellites will be sent into orbit by a medium-lift Soyuz on May 24 from the Spaceport in French Guiana. As part of the process, the 13th in the series of Full Operational Capability (FOC) Galileo platforms (Galileo-FOC FM10) has been... read more

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Galileo satellites 11 and 12 integrated for Arianespace’s year-end mission

December 8, 2015By
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The two spacecraft for Arianespace’s latest Soyuz launch at the service of Europe’s Galileo satellite-based navigation system — and the company’s record 12th mission overall in 2015 — have been integrated at the French Guiana Spaceport in preparation for their Dec. 17 liftoff. The launch of Galileo satellites 11 and 12 — dubbed Adriana and Liene — will conclude a year when the number of Galileo satellites... read more

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Galileo Launch Maintains 2015 Record Pace for Arianespace

September 11, 2015By
Soyuz launches Galileo 9 and 10 into orbit on Sept.10. (Credit: Arianespace)

Arianespace’s 12th Soyuz flight from the Spaceport in French Guiana orbited two more spacecraft for Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system on Sept. 10. 2015 is an important year for Arianespace at the service of European institutions, with 11 payloads to be orbited utilizing the company’s family of Soyuz, the heavy-lift Ariane 5 and lightweight Vega, Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël... read more

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Galileo 9 and 10 in the Zone for This Week’s Launch

September 8, 2015By
The logos of the two new satellites in the Galileo constellation are placed on the launcher fairing. (Credit: CNES)

Galileo 9 and 10 are ready for launch atop a Soyuz rocket at 23:08 local time on Sept. 10 (02:08 GMT and 04:08 CEST on Sept. 11) from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. After being attached to their carrier last week, the pair of fully fueled satellites was carefully lowered onto the Fregat upper stage on Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the 3SB preparation building of... read more