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ESA Retires GIOVE-B After Four Years Of Service
2012-07-25 13:40:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Tuesday that it has retired its GIOVE-B experimental navigation satellite. The satellite initiated a thruster firing yesterday, raising GIOVE-B's orbit by about 18 miles, taking it steps closer to a satellite graveyard up in orbit. More thruster firings will take place in the next three weeks, so that by mid-August the experimental satellite will be 372 miles above its original orbit....

Trial By Vacuum Brings Next Galileo Satellites Closer To Launch
2012-06-14 13:35:08

The next two Galileo navigation satellites have now endured the harsh vacuum and temperature extremes of space on the way to their scheduled 28 September launch. The fourth satellite completed 20 days of thermal vacuum testing at Thales Alenia Space Italy´s plant in Rome at the start of June. The third satellite completed the same tests the previous month. “These two satellites are almost identical to the first two Galileo satellites that were launched last 21 October,”...

Next Galileo Satellites To Launch After The Summer
2012-05-04 03:13:28

The European Commission has announced the launch date of the next pair of ESA-procured Galileo satellites. These will be launched together on a Soyuz from French Guiana on 28 September, joining the two satellites already in orbit. Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the European Commission, responsible for industry and entrepreneurship, announced the launch on 2 May in Brussels, together with Jean Yves Le Gall, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, in the presence of industrial leaders involved...

Win Funding For Satnav Business Ideas
2012-05-04 03:04:40

If you have a great new idea for commercially using satellite navigation, it´s time to come forward. You may win funding and support to bring your idea to life, in this year´s European Satellite Navigation Competition. Now in its eighth year, the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is boosting ideas for innovative satnav application and services with business potential. With the prize pool worth about 1 million in cash awards, business incubation, coaching, patent...


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