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Arianespace Orbits Four More Galileo Satellites as Ariane 5

December 13, 2017 - Arianespace has successfully launched satellites 19, 20, 21 and 22 in the Galileo constellation, using an Ariane 5 heavy launcher on behalf of the European Commission (DG GROW) and under a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA). The launch took place on December 12, 2017 from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Galileo is Europe’s own global navigation satellite system (GNSS). Under civilian control, Galileo offers guaranteed high-precision positioning around the world. Its initial services began in December 2016, allowing users equipped with Galileo-enabled devices to combine Galileo and GPS data for better positioning accuracy. The complete Galileo constellation will comprise a total of 24 operational satellites (along with spares); 22 of these satellites have already been orbited by Arianespace.

 
 
 
 
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