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Arianespace to Launch 2 Galileo Satellites, Similar to IRNSS for GPS

European space agency Arianespace is getting ready to launch two Galileo satellites on March 27, a day before ISRO’s scheduled launch of IRNSS-1D navigation satellite.

The two Galileo satellites would be launched jointly by a Soyuz rocket blasting off from French Guyana.The satellites are similar to Indian space agency ISRO’s IRNSS navigation satellites which are meant to achieve GPS capabilities.

According to Arianespace, the Galileo programme is Europe’s initiative for satellite navigation, providing a highly accurate global positioning system under civilian control – to consist of 30 satellites in total, along with European control centres and a worldwide network of sensor and uplink stations.

Earlier this week, these two Full Operational Capability (FOC) spacecraft were transferred from the Spaceport’s S5A preparation hall to the S3B facility for the integration process.

Called VS11 in Arianespace’s numbering system, the upcoming flight will be performed from the launch site for Soyuz located in the Spaceport’s northern sector.

The Galileo program is Europe’s initiative for satellite navigation, providing a highly accurate global positioning system under civilian control – to consist of 30 satellites in total, along with European control centers and a worldwide network of sensor and uplink stations.

Galileo’s complete operational network and its infrastructure is being funded by the European Commission and the European Space Agency Arianespace has been delegated as procurement agent on the Commission’s behalf.

The two Galileo FOC spacecraft were built by OHB System in Bremen, Germany; while their navigation payloads were supplied by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. in Guildford, UK.

 

Launch window for  Soyuz Flight VS11

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Kourou, French Guiana

Paris,  France

Washington, D.C.

Moscow, Russia

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