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Pair of Galileo Satellites, GPS Block IIF Approach Launch Date

August 31, 2015
Inside GNSS, September/October 2015

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Europe’s latest Galileo satellites are fully fueled and ready to be attached to the upper stage of the Soyuz rocket that will carry them into space next month.

Galileo satellites 9 and 10 are due to launch at 02:08 GMT on September 11 (04:08 CEST; 11:08 p.m. local time, September 10) from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

Two further Galileo spacecraft are still scheduled for launch by end of this year. One of these satellites is completing testing at the European Space Agency’s ESTEC technical center in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, while the other one has already completed its testing and is awaiting transportation to Kourou in the second half of October.

The first satellite of the following batch has already arrived at ESTEC and is currently undergoing its thermal vacuum test. Another flight model will arrive at ESTEC by mid-September.

The 11th GPS Block IIF satellite is scheduled for launch on October 30 from Cape Canaveral.

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