ESA Galileo Satellites Were Placed In The Wrong Orbit

August 24, 2014 8:28 PM

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Everything started out looking great. At 9:27 am on Friday, August 22, a Soyuz rocket operated by Arianespace lifted off beautifully from French Guiana, making the ninth successful launch for the company using their Soyuz rockets. On board were two ESA Galileo satellites, the 5th and 6th of a planned 30-satellite constellation.

The Galileo satellites will provide global positioning services for use in navigation, and are interoperable with the American GPS satellite network and Russian GLONASS system. Unlike those two systems, however, the European Galileo network is primarily intended for civilian rather than military use...

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