Two new satellites for the Galileo constellation

The launch of the two devices took place yesterday at 11.51 GMT from the European Space Center of Kurú, in French Guiana, aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket, as you can see in the video that heads this entry. The two satellites sent (11 and 12) thus become part of the constellation of the European navigation system Galileo, which will finally have 26 satellites.

Galileo will enter into partial operation in 2016, and total in 2020, to compete with the US GPS. "The Galileo system is being built incrementally and in the same way it is planned to introduce the services to the end user" and it is expected that "it can already offer an initial open service at the end of 2016", he explains Javier Ventura-Traveset, spokesman for the European Space Agency in Spain.

Video: Arianespace successfully launches two satellites in the Galileo constellation (March 2020).