2 Europe Navigation Satellites In The Wrong Orbits
European space officials say they’re investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America’s GPS network. The Space Agency and launch company Arianespace say the satellites ended up in off-target orbits after being launched Friday from Kourou, French Guiana, aboard a Soyuz rocket. Arianespace said they settled into an orbit lower than intended. The Prague-based program oversaw the launch of its first two satellites in 2011, two more in 2012, and two more Friday.
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