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First European GPS Satellite for Galileo Network Launched

pocketgpsworld.com The first piece in the forthcoming European GPS network, Galileo, successfully launched this morning and has just entered a test phase where its on-board instruments are checked and its orbit corrected.

Giove-A was launched from Baikonur Spaceport in Kazahkstan at 0519 UTC this morning and will be used to test the atomic clocks and other key technologies and equipment required for the 2.3billion Galileo GPS network. It is hoped to bring increased levels of positional accuracy over the existing US Navstar GPS network which was designed over 20 years ago.

Giove-A was built in the UK by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and staff monitored the launch from Mission Control in Guildford.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 28 @ 05:43:53 UTC by Darren Griffin

 
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