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Galileo IOV Satellites Succesfully Launched into Orbit

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Galileo, Europe Global Positioning System, pair of their satellite have been successfully launched via Russian Soyuz vehicle from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana

news from GPSWorld :

The two Galileo satellites riding the Soyuz are part of the In-Orbit Validation (IOV) phase that will see the Galileo system's space, ground and user segments extensively tested. The satellites are now being controlled by a joint ESA and CNES French space agency team in Toulouse, France. After these initial operations, they will be handed over to SpaceOpal, a joint company of the DLR German Aerospace Center and Italy's Telespazio, to undergo 90 days of testing before being commissioned for the IOV phase.

The next two Galileo satellites, completing the IOV quartet, are scheduled for launch in summer 2012.

complete story can be seen here ;

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http://www.gpsworld.com/gnss-system/galileo/news/galileo-iov-satellites-succesfully-launched-orbit-12211

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nice,  :cheesy:

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