Watch the launch of Galileo-13/14
Europe takes its next step in creating its own navigation satellite constellation on Tuesday 24 May, with the launch of the 13th and 14th Galileo satellites.
The pair lifted off at 08:48 GMT (05:48 local time, 10:48 CEST) on 24 May from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana atop a Soyuz launcher.
The first three stages of the Soyuz rocket took the Galileo satellites and their Fregat upper stage into low orbit just short of nine minutes after liftoff. Then the reignitable Fregat, as much a spacecraft as a rocket stage, took over the task of hauling the satellites higher. Its first burn has already occurred, with a second one due 3 h 38 minutes after launch.
The satellites will be released in opposite directions by their dispenser once they reach their target 22 522 km-altitude orbit at 3 h 48 min after launch.
Streaming resumes at 12:23 GMT (14:23 CEST) to cover the satellites’ separation from their Fregat.
Last update: 24 May 2016