Galileo satellites ready to launch. Arianespace said. See here the latest details.

07/01/2022
Credit: Arianespace
Credit: Arianespace

News! Galileo satellites ready to launch. Arianespace said. Very good news from Arianespace. The company said ESA and EUSPA have confirmed that Arianespace will launch eight more Galileo satellites. Finally, ESA has determined that 8 state-of-the-art Galileo satellites will be launched with new technologies. Of these satellites that are expected to be launched, 2 will be launched this year (2022), ESA saying they are ready for launch (the exact date is not yet known), then there will be successive launches on Ariane 62 in 2023, 2024 and 2025.

According to breaking news, the European Union's Space Program Agency (EUSPA) will take over the role of placing launch service contracts for Galileo from ESA for the first time. Even if it is ESA or EUSPA, they are both European space agencies and the same suppliers as Arianespace are usually the same. In any case, the exact date of their launch (2022) is not known, nor is the Guyana di Kouru Space Center in French Guiana. 

In any case, ESA has said it would like these satellites to be launched by mid-2022, if possible by May-June. Arianespace said then that it is fine, so we can expect a launch somewhere in May or June this year or even sooner, if the latest tests go well. ESA has announced that there are still tests to be done and some more checks. "I would like to thank ESA and EUSPA, together with the European Commission, for continuing to provide us with their satellites," said Stéphane Israël, CEO of Arianespace. "We are very proud to be helping the EU to implement its own global satellite navigation system again. This additional order to Galileo once again confirms Arianespace's mission to ensure reliable access to space for Europe. " . 

The satellites are built by OHB System AG in Bremen, Germany and weigh less than 730 kg. There are still 28 older technology Galileo stars in space.

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 07 January 2022, at 01:46 pm Los Angeles time

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