New Galileo Launch!!!

On Friday, the 27th of March, ESA launched from French Guyana two Galileo Satellites with a Soyuz. The launch of Galileo satellites 7 and 8 performed as planned and everything worked fine.

Now Galileo system has eight satellites in orbit! And, as reported by ESA, "Four more satellites are in testing or final integration and scheduled for launch later this year." In particular, "As set by the European Commission, the objective is to deliver a package of Initial Services, including a free Public Service, an encrypted Public Regulated Service and a Search And Rescue function, by 2016, to be transferred to the responsibility of the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency, GSA."

The full new is available on the ESA website.

Galileo's Soyuz VS11 liftoff

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