Watch Galileo launch
Construction of Europe’s navigation satellite constellation resumes on Friday, 27 March with the launch of the seventh and eighth Galileo satellites. Launch is scheduled for 21:46:18 GMT (22:46:18 CET, 18:46:18 local time) atop a Soyuz ST-B rocket from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. Streaming starts at 21:20 GMT (22:20 CET).
The first three stages of the Soyuz rocket take the Galileo satellites and their Fregat upper stage into low orbit. Then the reignitable Fregat, as much a spacecraft as a rocket stage, will take over the task of hauling the satellites higher through a pair of burns. The satellites will be released in opposite directions by their dispenser once they reach their set 22 522 km-altitude orbit 3 h 47 min 57 sec after launch.
The webstream will cover the launch and orbital insertion in two parts, the first starting at 21:20 GMT (22:20 CET) and ending at 22:20 GMT (23:20 CET). The second part will begin at 01:30 GMT (02:30 CET) and end at 04:00 GMT (05:00 CET).
Last update: 27 March 2015