Galileo Satellites Not On Right Orbit: Arianespace
Launch firm Arianespace said two European Galileo satellites launched by a Russian-built rocket on Friday from French Guiana have not reached their intended orbit, Saturday. “Observations taken after the separation of the satellites from the Soyuz VS09 for the Galileo Mission show a gap between the orbit achieved and that which was planned,” the company said in a statement. The European Commission, which funds the project said, “These two satellites are the first of a new type of satellite that are fully owned by the EU, a step towards a fully fledged European-owned satellite navigation system. “
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