Watch the launch of Galileos 11-12
Europe takes its next step in constructing its own navigation satellite constellation at lunchtime on Thursday 17 December, with the launch of the eleventh and twelfth Galileo satellites.
Galileo 11 and 12 are currently coasting towards their target orbit on their Fregat upper stage. Streaming of the launch coverage resumes at 15:25 GMT (16:25 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, then takes 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.
Last update: 17 December 2015