European Space Agency Sets Date for First Galileo Satellite Launch

After many delays, two European navigation satellites will take a ride on a Soyuz launcher to middle earth orbit from Europe’s space center in Kourou, French Guiana on October 20 2011. If all goes well, this will begin the operational phase of Galileo, Europe’s GNSS.

After many delays, two European navigation satellites will take a ride on a Soyuz launcher to middle earth orbit from Europe’s space center in Kourou, French Guiana on October 20 2011. If all goes well, this will begin the operational phase of Galileo, Europe’s GNSS.

The ground infrastructure for the first four satellites is all ready to go. This includes two control centers, five mission uplink centers, two telemetry, tracking and command stations and 17 sensor stations.

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