Second satellite launched for use in Galileo navigation system

April 27th, 2008 - 1:04 pm ICT by admin  

Moscow, April 27 (DPA) A second satellite planned for use in the European navigation system Galileo was launched early Sunday from the Russian space centre in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The 700-kg spacecraft was launched at 2216 GMT Saturday atop the Soyuz cargo rocket, the Interfax news agency reported.

The GIOVE-B satellite is bound for orbit about 23,000 km above the earth. An earlier launch of the GIOVE-A satellite in 2005 was the first piece of infrastructure placed into orbit for the Galileo system, which is planned for operation by 2013 with a network of 30 satellites and several Earth stations.

European governments hope for the Galileo system to gain a foothold in commercial and consumer applications against the US-operated Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite network.

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