Russian scientists will track sea lions from spaceScience & Space October 28, 11:32
Russian military pilots to meet returning Soyuz-MS spacecraft crew in KazakhstanScience & Space October 28, 10:49
Prosecutor’s office appeals court ruling to release MMA fighter Emelianenko on paroleSport October 28, 10:39
Aleppo police chief comments on school attack in city’s western areaWorld October 28, 9:03
Syrian campaign experience helps Russian helicopter pilots to overpower enemy air defensesMilitary & Defense October 28, 8:19
Moscow speaks for further discussions on UN Security Council reformRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 28, 7:27
Local elections in Donbass still some way off, says Ukrainian ministerWorld October 28, 2:39
Israel’s emotions regarding UNESCO resolutions on Jerusalem are 'over top' — diplomatRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 28, 2:28
Russia speaks against politicization of probe into chemical attacks in Syria - GatilovRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 28, 2:25
PARIS, September 11. /TASS/. A Russian-made Soyuz rocket has successfully blasted off from French Guiana bearing two new satellites for Europe’s Galileo global positioning system.
It is the twelfth time that Soyuz has taken off from a launch pad at Europe's space base near Kourou, French Guiana, on the northeast coast of South America.
The Soyuz-ST carrier rocket lifted off at 23:08 local time (02:08 GMT), with the Galileo satellites due to separate from the rocket's upper-stage three-and-a-half hours after that.
The satellites Sat-9 and Sat-10 will be the fifth and sixth operational ones in the Galileo group. Their successful placement in orbit will bring to ten the number of Galileo satellites deployed out of a planned total of 30.
Europe's version of Russia's GLONASS positioning system and the American GPS satellite navigation system, Galileo is a project of the European Commission and the European Space Agency.
If all goes to plan, the Galileo satellite constellation is expected to be completed in 2020. According to Didier Faivre, Galileo program director with the European Space Agency (ESA), the full-scale operation of the system will begin after 24 satellites have been inserted into orbit.
However, the agency has ordered 26 satellites already now, with the number to increase up to 30 in the future. "We want six backup satellites," Faivre said.
A large-scale program like that certainly calls for substantial investment. To date, the European Union has spent over 5 billion euros on the Galileo program, with 7 billion euros more expected to be set aside for this purpose until 2020.