TAG: Galileo

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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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 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

Sixth Galileo Satellite Reaches Corrected Orbit

March 13, 2015By
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The sixth Galileo satellite of Europe’s navigation system has entered its corrected target orbit, which will allow detailed testing to assess the performance of its navigation payload. 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

Orbit of Second Wayward Galileo Satellite Adjusted

March 11, 2015By

Editor’s Note: See the report from the European Space Agency here. An official with the European Space Agency has confirmed that the sequence of maneuvers to adjust the orbit of the second of two Galileo satellites launched into a wrong orbit in August 2014  has been completed. The orbit of the first satellite, known variously as GSAT0201, Galileo FOC-FM1 or Galileo... 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