Date: Tue, Oct 02, 2012 | 06:30 - 06:45 GMT | 08:30 - 08:45 CEST
Type: ESA TV Exchange
This 12 October two more Galileo satellites will be launched by a Soyuz from Europe’s space port in French Guyane.
They will join the two previous operational Galileo satellites launched a year ago to form a mini constellation which is needed for what is called the In Orbit Validation phase of Galileo.
This is a fundamental phase when the European Navigation system really goes from theory to practice, both the satellites and the supporting ground stations working together being checked in real time.
This video news release explains this new achievement for Galileo with interviews of Javier Benedicto, ESA Galileo Project Manager in English, French and Spanish and Giuliano Gatti, ESA Galileo Space segment Manager in English and Italian.
Satellite Parameters: Eutelsat 9A at 9 degrees E, transponder 59, downlink frequency 11900.1 horizontally polarised, symbol rate 27,500 FEC 2/3.