Paris (ESA) May 24, 2011
The European Space Agency, Arianespace and the European Commission has announced that the launch of the first two satellites of Europe's global navigation satellite system is planned to take place on 20 October.
This will be the first of a series of Galileo satellite launches by Arianespace from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. The announcement follows a detailed review held on 12 May, under the chairmanship of the Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA) and with the participation of Arianespace and industrial prime contractors, which concluded that the space and ground elements will be ready for a launch in October.
The two Galileo satellites will be deployed using a Soyuz launcher. The October launch will mark the inaugural Soyuz flight from its new launch facilities in French Guiana, built in the framework of a programme of the European Space Agency.
Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of ESA, pointed out the significance of this launch: "The October launch will be a perfect example of European and international cooperation. On one side we will have the first operational Galileo satellites in orbit, resulting from the cooperation between the European Union and ESA.
"On the other side, this is the first launch of Soyuz from French Guiana, a programme made possible through the cooperation between ESA and Russia."
"Arianespace is both proud and honoured to be contributing to this innovative project, reflecting the innovative technologies that are constantly being developed in Europe for the benefit of all citizens," said Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace.
"I would like to thank the European Commission and ESA for choosing our launch services, further recognition of our market leadership.
"With this launch, we will also be opening a new chapter in our own history, as we start Soyuz operations from the Guiana Space Centre. More than ever, we will be able to deliver the full range of launch services expected by our customers from around the world."
The Galileo programme is Europe's initiative for a state-of-the-art global satellite navigation system, providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civil control.
The definition, development and In-Orbit Validation phases were carried out by ESA and co-funded by ESA and the European Community.
The Full Operational Capability phase of the Galileo programme is managed and fully funded by the European Commission. The Commission and ESA have signed a delegation agreement by which ESA acts as design and procurement agent on behalf of the Commission.
Share This Article With Planet Earth
Galileo at ESA
GPS Applications, Technology and Suppliers
EU announces launch date for first Galileo satellites
Brussels (AFP) May 23, 2011
The European Union announced Monday it will launch the first two satellites in its long-delayed and hugely over-budget Galileo navigation system from French Guiana on October 20. EU industry commissioner Antonio Tajani said the launch, from the Kourou spacesport in the European enclave at the northern tip of South America, would take place at 7:00 am local time and the satellites would carry ... read more
Fungi reduce need for fertilizer in agriculture|
Nottingham scientists reveal genetic 'wiring' of seeds
First analysis of invasive plant impacts worldwide
Livestock also suffer traffic accidents during transport
Graphene optical modulators could lead to ultrafast communications
Pentagonal tiles pave the way towards organic electronics
NRL Scientists Achieve High Temperature Milestone in Silicon Spintronics
Intel chip breakthrough a boon for mobile gadgets
Expert warns against 'experimenting' with flights in ashw/
Environmental Tectonics Forms Non-Profit NASTAR Foundation to Support Aerospace Industry
China Has Opportunity to Lead a Transformation in Air-Traffic Management
Solar plane makes 13-hour flight
Battery Team Working to Drive Electric Vehicles from Niche to Mass Market
University of Madrid builds an electric motorcycle
Japan carmakers to work over weekend: industry body
Japanese electric car 'goes 300km' on single charge
U.S. looks to reduce minerals dependence
N.Korea's Kim makes new stop in marathon China tour
Global Fund halts payments to China amid mismanagement
Torn ancient China painting to be joined in Taiwan
Sierra Leone chimps threatened by disappearing forest
Wireless sensor network monitors microclimate in the forest
Forest Service unveils first comprehensive forecast on southern forests
Green groups, analysts slam Indonesia logging ban
GOES-13 Satellite Video Close-Up of Deadly Joplin, Missouri Tornado
GMES Masters seeks innovative uses for Earth observation data
NASA/University Japan Quake Study Yields Surprises
Satellites monitor Icelandic ash plume
New form of girl's best friend is lighter than ever
2 graphene layers may be better than 1
Diamonds shine in quantum networks
Climate Change From Black Carbon Depends On Altitude
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement|