2 Nov 2015 The next Galileo launch campaign has begun with the arrival of the latest pair of navigation satellites at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

Their arrival is the start of a busy schedule that will culminate with their launch on a Soyuz rocket on 17 December – the third Galileo launch of the year.

25 Sep 2015 Europe’s latest pair of Galileo satellites has passed its initial check out in space, allowing control to be handed over to the main control centre and join the growing fleet.

“This was a beautifully smooth start to the mission,” comments ESA mission director, Richard Lumb.

“From liftoff through to handover to the constellation operator and beyond, this has been a textbook performance not only of the satellites but also for all the operations and manufacturer teams on the ground.”

Image12 Sep 2015 Europe’s own satellite navigation system has come a step nearer to completion today, with Galileo 9 and 10 which lifted off together at 02:08 GMT on 11 September (04:08 CEST; 23:08 local time, 10 September) from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, atop a Soyuz launcher.


27 July 2015 Europe’s ninth and tenth Galileo satellites have crossed the Atlantic, touching down in French Guiana ahead of their joint launch this September.

The delicate navigation satellites made their journey within environmentally controlled containers, having passed a gamut of tests to confirm their readiness for space.

13 Mar 2015 The sixth Galileo satellite of Europe’s navigation system has entered its corrected target orbit, which will allow detailed testing to assess the performance of its navigation payload.

Launched with the fifth Galileo last August, its initial elongated orbit saw it traveling as high as 25,900 km above Earth and down to a low point of 13,713 km — confusing the Earth sensor used to point its navigation antennas at the ground.

Work at ESA’s ESOC control centre continues relentlessly on the two Galileo satellites.

Despite the non-nominal orbit, the satellites are safely under control after they were released from the launcher upper stage and their orbital position was determined by the European ground teams deployed at ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany.

The GALILEO Information Centre for Latin America is an initiative of the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry (DG ENTR) of the European Commission, to promote and raise awareness on the Galileo project and GNSS activities in general in the Latin American (LA) region.

Started in 2005, this new phase of the Centre will develop activities until December 2016 and it is participated by key stakeholders in government, research and industry.

The GALILEO Information Center is funded by the DG ENTR through the LATINO project under grant agreement 84/G/ENT/SAT/13/7028 and it is managed by Pildo Labs

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