TAG: European Space Agency

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

The System: ESA’s Second FOC Moves Up

February 1, 2015By
The fifth Galileo satellite is now pointing toward Earth.

By Tim Reynolds, GPS World European correspondent Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain of the European Space Agency (ESA) announced Jan. 16 that the second errant full-operational capability (FOC) satellite, launched in August, had started its orbital change maneuver the previous day. He anticipated that the orbital change would be completed and the final orbit — “albeit somewhat lower in height than the one... read more

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2, 4, 6, 8 — Who Do We Appreciate?

January 29, 2015By

Galileo, that’s who! For dogged determination and persistent pushing-forwardness in the face of adversity, obstacles, and the occasional technical difficulty. That there may be occasional confusion, as well, or mixed messages as to just what the future may bring, is certainly understandable. In fact, it is to be expected, given the circumstances. Let’s review the math. Two Two for the... read more

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Second Wayward Galileo FOC Moving Higher

January 20, 2015By
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At a press conference on Jan. 16, Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain of the European Space Agency (ESA)  announced that the second errant full-operational capability (FOC) satellite, launched in August, had started its orbital change maneuver the previous day. He anticipated that the orbital change would be completed and the final orbit — “albeit somewhat lower in height than the one... read more

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Six Galileo Satellites Planned for 2015 Launch

January 20, 2015By

Six Galileo satellites are scheduled to be launched this year, European Space Agency (ESA) Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain said on January 16. “The launch of six satellites is scheduled for 2015. The [European] Commission will determine the terms of the launches at the end of January,” Dordain said at a press briefing. The satellites will be put into orbit by Ariane... read more

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