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Galileo Satellites Well On Way to Working Orbit

Source: Author: Date:2015-4-10 18:16:33 Click:

Their systems performing well, Europe’s recently launched Galileo navigation satellites have carried out a set of manoeuvres that will take them down to their working positions in orbit.
On 27 March, the seventh and eighth Galileo satellites were launched together on a Soyuz launcher into a circular 23 522 km altitude orbit.
This was about 300 km above their final orbit. As is standard for nearly all space missions, the satellites themselves are then tasked to manoeuvre themselves precisely into their set positions using their onboard thrusters.
This is especially important for navigation satellites like Galileo, where the precision of their orbits is an essential element of their functioning.

Source:ESA Website)

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