Archstoyanie: Russia's largest land art festivalSociety & Culture July 24, 16:08
FIFA: all collected doping tests at 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia test negativeSport July 24, 15:49
Kremlin refutes US media reports about Russia's green lobby and shale oil extractionBusiness & Economy July 24, 14:54
Russia, EU discuss joint energy projectsRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 24, 14:51
Russia proposes Moscow and Sochi for hosting 2019 World Boxing ChampionshipSport July 24, 14:20
Kremlin waiting for Washington to word clear position on further anti-Russian sanctionsRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 24, 13:59
Denmark’s Aske Soby wins stage 5 of Moscow-Vladivostok bicycle raceSport July 24, 13:17
Press review: Russian army takes aim at jihadi SUVs and Trump handcuffed by new sanctionsPress Review July 24, 13:00
Large-scale combat readiness check kicks off in East SiberiaMilitary & Defense July 24, 11:47
He recalled that the system's four satellites in orbit, which had been launched in the 2011-2012 period, constitute the minimum number of spacecraft enabling the ESA to provide vehicle navigation services.
"This year we plan to launch another six satellites. All the three launchings (two satellites per launch) will be effected from the Kourou spaceport by means of Russian Soyuz-ST carrier rockets," Pichel said.According to him, last year the operation of the four satellites in orbit were linked with a large number of ground stations while qualification tests confirmed that the system was operating in a nominal mode.
ESA plans have it that there must be 30 satellites of the Galileo system in orbit, all in all.
"Funds for the establishment of the system have been already allocated. So far, they are provided by the ESA and the European Commission. However, following the activation of the system, the European Commission will fully assume financing," Pichel pointed out.