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
According to the newspaper VIEW, on Friday at the launch site in French Guiana Space Centre (MOC)
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.