TAG: FOC

Two Galileo Satellites Launched for Europe’s Navigation Constellation

March 27, 2015By
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UPDATE: The two Galileo satellites are confirmed separated from their Soyuz Fregat upper stage into 22,522 altitude orbit right on schedule, according to ESA. Both are in their planned orbits. Two more Galileo satellites were successfully launched today from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. The seventh and eighth Galileo satellites were lifted aloft on time at 21:46:18 GMT (22:46:18 CET) atop a Soyuz ST-B rocket. The first three... read more

Launch Prep on Track for Galileo’s Next FOC Satellites

March 12, 2015By
Soyuz’ Block I third stage is mated to the launcher at the Spaceport’s MIK integration building.

Preparations for Arianespace’s next Soyuz flight, which will lift into orbit two more Galileo satellites, are in full swing at multiple locations across the spaceport in French Guiana. Work includes a key integration step for the medium-lift launcher, plus the start-up of fueling for its Galileo satellite passengers. Soyuz’ Block I third stage was mated to the vehicle’s core during activity today in the... read more

Galileo Boosters Prepped for March 27 Launch

March 11, 2015By

Two more full operational capability (FOC) Galileo satellites are scheduled for launch March 27. This video shows the four first-stage boosters of the Soyuz launcher being assembled in Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Assembly takes place on a horizontal basis, in the Russian manner. The video shows four thrusters assembled around the main body. After takeoff, the engines burn for... read more

Galileo Satellites Ready for Fueling as Launcher Takes Shape

March 9, 2015By
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By the European Space Agency All the elements for this month’s Galileo launch are coming together at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. As the two satellites undergo final testing and preparations, the first part of their Soyuz launcher has also been integrated. Assembly of the Soyuz ST-B’s first two stages, plus its four first stage boosters, took place at the... read more

Arianespace Soyuz Begins Integration for March 27 Galileo Launch

March 5, 2015By

The Soyuz launcher for Arianespace’s upcoming mission with two European Galileo navigation satellites is taking shape at the Spaceport for a March 27 liftoff from French Guiana. “During activity in the Spaceport’s Soyuz Launcher Integration Building, the medium-lift workhorse began to assume its iconic form with integration of the four first-stage strap-on boosters to the Block A core second stage,” Arianespace wrote in an... read more

Four Galileo Satellites Now at ESTEC, Production Continues

January 2, 2015By
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The latest Galileo satellite has arrived at ESTEC and is undergoing a full checkout to prove its readiness for space. The satellite was carried by lorry from its manufacturer in Germany, cocooned within an environmentally controlled container. It arrived inside ESTEC's cleanroom environment on Dec. 18. read more

The System: First Galileo FOC Satellite on the Air

January 1, 2015By

Will Be Employable for Surveying, Precise Positioning, and Geodesy By Peter Steigenberger and André Hauschild, German Aerospace Center (DLR) / German Space Operations Center The first Full Operational Capability (FOC) Galileo satellite started transmitting L-band navigation signals on November 29, 2014. Based on data collected by a global network of GNSS tracking stations of the Cooperative Network for GNSS Observation (CONGO) and... read more

Galileo’s First Two FOC Satellites Endure Simulated Space Tests

December 2, 2013By
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ESA’s newest Galileo satellite has emerged from five weeks of simulated space conditions. On Friday, a hatch slid open to end its thermal-vacuum test, a milestone on the way to orbit. The satellite was placed in the 4.5-meter-diameter Phenix chamber in ESA’s ESTEC Test Centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, in late October. Once inside, the air was pumped out to... read more

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