ESA successfully adds two satellites to Galileo




The European GPS Galileo alternative has successfully launched two new satellites into orbit and the Earth. They are number seven and eight. Another four satellites to be launched sometime this year.

The two satellites were launched Friday in French Guiana using a Russian Soyuz rocket, as did the European Space Agency announced. After a flight of nearly four hours the satellite arrived in orbit 23,500 miles above the earth’s surface. With the successful launch can start the first checks after the satellites somewhere mid-year should be operational.

With the launch book the European alternative to GPS successful. Previously struggled with ESA postponement of the launch, after problems were discovered in a previous attempt to Galileo satellites in orbit to bring the earth. The reason was that a fuel line was placed in the last stage to be close to a line which was filled with liquid helium. Thus, they were in a job that was thousands of miles low. Eventually succeeded to the position of the satellites in the right job. Initially had seven and eight satellite already be launched in December, but was chosen by the delay problems.

With the successful launch of the road is clear for launch later this year for another four satellites. Ultimately, lean Galileo navigation satellites on 30, so there will follow the necessary launches.


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