TAG: European Space Agency

All GNSS Attend, But Galileo Gets the Spotlight

March 30, 2015By

First and foremost, let’s give a big hand to Adam and Anastasia, the two Galileo FOC satellites that were successfully launched on March 27. Following the not-so-successful Galileo launch in August, it was imperative that this go smoothly. Although the Double-A launch occurred after the conclusion of this year’s Munich Satellite Navigation Summit, anticipation of the event set the context... read more

Salvage in Space: Galileo Satellites Recovered

March 27, 2015By

In August 2014, they were considered lost: Two Galileo satellites ended in the wrong orbit after their launch by a Soyuz from Kourou, French Guiana. Now the two satellites have been recovered and should be able to fulfill, at least partially, their mission, according to the ESA (the European Space Agency) — a situation made possible by the extended Galileo team, ESA... read more

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Watch Friday’s Launch of Galileo 7 and 8

March 26, 2015By
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The seventh and eighth Galileo satellites are scheduled for launch Friday, and will be live streamed from the European Space Agency website. read more

Galileo Satellites Enclosed for Friday’s Launch

March 25, 2015By
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Thousands of engineers have worked on the seventh and eighth navigation satellites of Europe’s Galileo constellation in recent years, but last Friday marked the very last time the spacecraft were glimpsed by human eyes. read more

Soyuz in the Launch Zone for March 27 Galileo Launch

March 24, 2015By

The Soyuz for Arianespace’s next medium-lift mission is in the launch zone at French Guiana, where it stands ready to receive the two spacecraft passengers that will join Europe’s Galileo global navigation satellite system. Applying procedures that have been followed since the workhorse Soyuz launcher inaugurated the Space Age, the basic three-stage vehicle for Arianespace’s March 27 flight emerged today from its MIK integration building in... read more

Galileo at Your Service

March 19, 2015By

On the eve of the Galileo 7 and 8 launch, the European Space Agency has created a short video to explain the value of the satellite constellation to its citizens. With the Galileo System, Europe will provide a full range of services and applications across many different areas for Europe and beyond. read more

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Galileo 7 and 8 Fitted to Dispenser in Preparation for Launch

March 18, 2015By
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News courtesy of the European Space Agency The seventh and eighth Galileo satellites, set for launch together in nine days’ time, have been fitted together onto the dispenser that will carry them during their flight to orbit. The fueling of the two satellites was completed last week, leaving them ready to be placed into launch configuration. They were carefully lowered... read more

When in Rome…Check Galileo’s Performance

February 20, 2015By
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The Thales Alenia Space plant in the eastern suburbs of Rome is home to a facility that provides a troubleshooting platform for the Galileo ground network and an assessment of the performance of the satnav constellation. read more