Ahead of Galileo satellites like this one going to space, they are switched on as if already operating there within ESA’s Maxwell EMC Facility. This test procedure is a check of the satellite’s ‘electromagnetic compatibility’, with all its systems running together to detect any harmful interference between them. Once Maxwell’s main door is sealed, its metal […]
ESA and EUSPA have confirmed that Arianespace will launch eight additional Galileo satellites. Arianespace will launch the first two satellites in 2022, leading to the Full Operational Capability of Galileo open service. Then, three successive launches on Ariane 62 in 2023, 2024 and 2025, will finalize the launch of the first generation of Galileo satellites and […]
Due to bad weather and the unavailability of a downrange tracking station, Arianespace has once again postponed the launch of Galileo satellites 27 – 28 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Liftoff has been rescheduled to Saturday, December 4, at 7:19 p.m. EST (0019 GMT on Dec. 5).
On Thursday, the European Space Agency (ESA) will launch the next two Galileo navigation satellites, kicking off the third batch in a constellation of 26 currently in orbit. It will be the 11th Galileo launch in 10 years.
Galileo is currently the world’s most precise satellite navigation system, or global positioning service (GPS), serving more than two billion users around the world. These two new satellites are the first of 12 comprising the third and last batch of Galileo First Generation satellites.