Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Saudi - New Galileo satellites launched  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 23/08/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab News) PARIS: Two satellites for Europe's rival to GPS the Galileo navigation system were lifted into space from French Guiana in a launch broadcast live on the website of Arianespace.

The pair of orbiters launched on a Russian-built Soyuz will boost to six the number of satellites in the Galileo constellation and bring the network a step closer to becoming operational.

Blastoff took place from Europe's Kourou space center at 1227 GMT as scheduled after a 24-hour bad weather delay.

Live footage showed the rocket lift off before shedding its four boosters and faring the nose cone that protects the craft in the early stages of flight.

At three hours and 47 minutes after launch the satellites are set to separate into free-flight orbit at an altitude of 23500 km above Earth.

The 5.4-billion-euro (7.2-billion) Galileo constellation is designed to provide an alternative to the existing US Global Positioning System (GPS) and Russia's Glonass and will have search and rescue capabilities.

Four Galileo satellites have been launched before Friday the first pair in October 2011 and the second a year later. The constellation will ultimately comprise 27 satellites and three reserves.

The launch of the latest two orbiters dubbed SAT 5 and SAT 6 had been delayed for over a year due to what the European Space Agency (ESA) described as 'technical difficulties in the setting up of the production line and test tools.'

Arianespace said Thursday it had signed a deal with the ESA to launch 12 more satellites 'from 2015 onwards.'

The ESA has previously said that 18 satellites should be able to provide initial navigation services to users 'by mid-decade' with full services 'scheduled for the decade's end.'

In March last year the ESA said Galileo's first four test satellites had passed a milestone by pinpointing their first ground location with an accuracy of between 10 and 15 meters (32 to 49 feet).

For its ninth liftoff from the Guiana Space Center Friday the Soyuz rocket carried a total load of 1.6 tons including the two satellites weighing 730 kilos each.

 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Oct 24 2014 - Qatar- Aljazeera to mark 300 days since arrests of journalistsThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula)   Aljazeera will be airing a special 300 second montage live on TV and online today to mark the 300 days since the arrest of its journalists Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and ...

 Oct 24 2014 - Qatari, Iranian firms sign agreementThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula)  Qatar's Minister of Economy and Trade H E Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani yesterday visited the Islamic Republic of Iran, accompanied by a delegation that ...

 Oct 24 2014 - Ecuador invites Qatari investors in key sectorsThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula)  The visiting President of the Republic of Ecuador, Rafael Correa Delgado, invited Qatari businessmen to invest in some of the promising sectors of the Ecuadorean economy, ...

 Oct 24 2014 - Qatar- Interior Ministry signs deal worth QR329m at MilipolThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula)  The total number of people who visited the recently concluded Milipol Qatar exhibition reached 6,583 persons from 63 countries, according to a press statement.Brig Nasser ...

 Oct 24 2014 - Saudi- Rem Sibug leads winners in InterCon Monthly MedalArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Talented Filipino young golfer Christer Rem Sibug was back in winning mode after a vacation in his native Philippines when he claimed the centerpiece A-Division title last Friday ...

 Oct 24 2014 - Saudi- Lifebuoy bowlers strike double in Mobily CupArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Lifebuoy bowling team made an impressive start to the Thursday League 12th Conference for Mobily Cup winning a Team of the Week and Bowler of the Week double at the Bowling City ...

 Oct 24 2014 - Saudi- Alaska Aces trump Purefoods 93-73Arab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) MANILA: Everything was going well for debuting reigning Grand Slam champion Purefoods on Wednesday night until the Star Hotshots known last season as the San Mig Coffee Mixers ...

 Oct 24 2014 - Malaysia charges 3 with supporting ISArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court on Thursday charged three men with supporting the Islamic State (IS) after they were arrested while attempting to leave the country to join the ...

 Oct 24 2014 - Corruption 'paralyzes' Ukraine: PoroshenkoArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) ODESSA Ukraine: Corruption is 'paralysing' Ukraine's economy President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday on a pre-election visit to the country's most important sea port.Poroshenko ...

 Oct 24 2014 - New Swedish govt steps up spendingArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) STOCKHOLM: Sweden's new left-wing government presented Thursday its 2015 budget with the Nordic country's largest deficit in nearly two decades as it seeks to boost employment ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help