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Ariane 5 lifts off with four more Galileo satellites

 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:19 am    Post subject: Ariane 5 lifts off with four more Galileo satellites Reply with quote

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An Ariane 5 rocket completed a successful launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana yesterday afternoon carrying four Galileo satellites.

The launch took place on time and the satellite deployment was performed by a new payload dispenser system from Airbus Safran Launchers. The first pair of satellites were released 3 hours and 35 minutes after launch and the second pair following 20 minutes later.

The four spacecraft are called Antonianna, Lisa, Kimberley and Tijmen – named after children from Italy, Hungary, Malta and The Netherlands who won a European drawing contest.

This launch brings the Galileo system to a total of 18 satellites and was the first time four have been launched at once and also marks the first use of Arianespace's Ariane 5 heavy-lift launch vehicle.

Source: esa.int

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great to see we will soon have access to more satellites but which GPS enabled devices will they work with, I.e. Will it work with my iPhone 5c? I don't expect my TT920 to be compatible.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hah! TomTom did not design the 920 to be compatible with ANYTHING. The fact that it works better than just about everything else they have "upgraded" to since then is simply a coincidence to be celebrated.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steveee wrote:
Great to see we will soon have access to more satellites but which GPS enabled devices will they work with, I.e. Will it work with my iPhone 5c? I don't expect my TT920 to be compatible.


The specs for Gallileo have been around for many years. I'm sure companies have already been adding support to GPS chips to future-proof them. Still, even if they haven't there's at least another 4 years until it's fully operational and by then all the current TomTom devices will be 'end of life' Wink

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So there really IS a light at the end of the tunnel Laughing
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