Union European satellites successfully launched into orbit

Russian carrier rocket "Soyuz-ST-B", launched from the Guiana Space Center, orbited two communications satellites Galileo-IOV, the representative of the Russian Federal Space Agency.

 

"There was a separation of spacecraft from the upper stage" Fregat "- said the source RIA "Novosti".

According to the newspaper VIEW, on Friday at the launch site in French Guiana Space Centre (MOC) successfully launched Russian carrier rocket "Soyuz-ST-B."

 The conclusion of the two spacecraft in orbit marked an important stage in the development of civil satellite navigation system Galileo — European alternative to the American system of Navstar-GPS dual purpose.

 Now there are two Earth-orbiting test satellite, launched in 2005 and 2008 — GIOVE-A and-B, which are tested key technologies of the system.

 It is planned that a fully deployed system will consist of 30 satellites — six more than the U.S. global positioning system Navstar GPS.

 It is expected that Galileo will start with a limited package of services in 2014, and fully operational by 2020, when 27 satellites will be deployed.

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