FM10 & FM11 on the orbit !

276th mission by Arianespace finished with success – both FM10 & FM11 Galileo satellites reached their planned orbit. European Space Agency put this mission in the addition to Galileo launch schedule for 2016 thanks to decision of European Commission. Both satellites were contracted for OHB System as main contractor and for SSTL as payload contractor. ESA signed agreement with […]

Soyuz-2.1B with 13th and 14th Galileo satellites within hours !

Second mission of Soyuz-2.1B in 2016 from Guiana Space Center was scheduled for 08:48 GMT; it seems that nothing (of course apart from the weather – heavy rain is predicted for tomorrow in Kourou) will interrupt lifting two satellites under program of Galileo navigation system: Galileo Full Operational Capability FM10 and FM11. Two satellites designed and manufactured by  OHB […]

Galileo satellites waiting for VS15 launch already on 24th May 2016

Next mission under Galileo program – Soyuz-2.1b is during the last preparations before launch planned for Tuesday, 24th May 2016. This weekend will be quite busy for specialists from European Space Agency and Arianespace who are working in Guiana Space Center.  VS15 mission which covers launch of the Soyuz-2.1b and deploying 13th and 14th satellites is getting […]

Two Galileo satellites tested and ready !

All is according to plan – Galileo constellation became increased for two satellites. These two navigation satellites were launched on atop of Soyuz-2.1a with Fregat-MT on December 17, 2015, at 12:52 GMT. It was last Galileo mission in 2015; satellites were designed and manufactured by OHB System with SSTL as main contractor for payload. Procedure […]

Soyuz mission finished – Galileo satellites positioned correctly! !

ESA success with next Galileo satellites – final tracking data from two launched today confirmed that from now Galileo constellation reach twelve satellites. It was 1852nd mission of Soyuz rocket, this time from launch site of Guiana Space Center. Soyuz-2.1b after finishing fueling the tanks was waiting for start with two satellites of Galileo navigation system: FM-08 […]

Silent enter into GPS market – Tests of Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) completed

After sending in this year three satellites under BDS navigation system China just has announced about positive results of operational tests. China space industry is well known of its dynamic and pace of development. Impressive achievements made in a very short period of time and wide range of activities from commercial launch systems through manned space missions […]

The exception that proves the rule – Zenit-3F with Elektro-L atop already on 11th December 2015

Launch of Zenit-3F rocket with Elektro-L satellite atop is scheduled on 11th December 2015. Planned launch site is LC-45 in Baikonur Kosmodrome, Kazakhstan. After regaining independence from Soviet Union in 1991 Ukraine inherited part of soviet industrial and military potential. In spite of mining and steel industry on east, collectivized agriculture on the west Ukraine was in possession […]

Standing between giants – Next Galileo satellites launch planned from Guiana on 17th December 2015

Next two satellites from Galileo program are going to be launched with Arianespace rocket from Guiana Space Centre launch site LCS. Galileo navigation was created by ESA to provide highly acccurate system under civilian management with extended capabilities in emergency applications. Also being independent from Russian Glonass and American GPS have been developed to provide European Union navigation […]