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Latest from Kourou: Galileo 13&14 launch

Date: Mon, May 23, 2016 | 11:00 - 11:30 GMT | 13:00 - 13:30 CEST

Type: ESA TV News

Format: 16:9

Another pair of  satellites for Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system will be launched on 24 May. Lift off is scheduled at 0848GMT.

Galileo Sat 13&14 are currently being prepared at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, for their launch on top a Soyuz rocket.

This is the first launch this year for the Galileo system, after the successful launch last December of satellites 11&12, setting the programme on track for the start of initial services end of 2016.

So Galileo is now more than a reality, headed for 1/2 of the Constellation up and running and its ground segment deployed worldwide. In the present globalised world it is important that Europe maintains autonomy in a certain number of key domains: Global Positioning by satellite is one of them. As Europe’s own global navigation system, Galileo will provide a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control to users in Europe and across the world.

Galileo is currently in a so called Full Operational Capability phase which is managed and fully funded by the European Commission. The Commission and the European Space Agency have signed a delegation agreement by which ESA acts as design and procurement agent on behalf of the Commission.

The B Roll shows the latest images of the launch campaign in Kourou for Galileo sats 13 and 14 and their Soyuz launcher.

This  B-Roll is also posted on ESA TV FTP server : 

Login: esa
Password: ftp4esa

Directory : Galileo 13-14

More information at:

Satellite Parameters:

Eutelsat 7B @ 7deg East
Transponder: B5 Channel: 5A (6MHz)
D/link Fr: 11125.33 MHz Polarisation: X/horizontal
Signal: 1080/50 MPEG4 4:2:0 (H264) clear
SR: 4.9373 FEC: 3/4 Mod: DVBS2/8PSK
Pilot: On Roll-off: 0.2 DR: 10.7514
Audio 1: English mono
Audio 2: French mono

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