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European Space Agency Sets Date for First Galileo Satellite Launch

Two IOV Navigation Satellites Will Go Up on October 20

May 23, 2011
Inside GNSS, May/June 2011

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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.


(May 13 2011) Galileo Launch Date Slips to October

(December 30 2010) Europe's Galileo Reaches Many 2010 Milestones - but Satellite Launches Still Delayed

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