Europe’s first Galileo satellites successfully launched today

Europe’s first Galileo satellites successfully launched today

21 Oct 2011

The first pair of satellites for Europe's Galileo global navigation satellite system has been lofted into orbit today by the first Russian Soyuz vehicle ever launched from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

This is a huge milestone for the EC and the ESA's 'Galileo programme'. Supported by the Technology Strategy Board through the UK Space Agency, Galileo is the European Union's answer to the American global satellite navigation system GPS.

The Government is supporting the industry's ambitious goals for growth in the UK space sector – growing revenues from £7.5bn to £40bn by 2030 and creating 100,000 high-value jobs in the sector.  Much of this growth will come from applications based on space services such as Galileo.

Our new Space competition, Growth for space, specifically calls for new services and applications which will exploit the new services and capabilities offered by Galileo.

For more information on Galileo visit the European Space Agency website http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Galileo_IOV/index.html 

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Last updated on Friday 21 October 2011 at 17:06

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