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Friday, August 29th, 2014

EU Satellite Fired Into Wrong Orbit by ‘Software Bug’

Two satellites commissioned by the European Union were accidentally sent into the wrong orbit at launch because of a simple software bug – potentially rendering the multi-million pound devices less capable than intended, or even entirely useless. Russian newspaper Izvestia reports that a software error in the upper stage, which was developed by a Russian

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Galileo Launch, Initially Hailed as Success, Is a Failure

The Aug. 22 launch of the first two fully operational Galileo positioning, navigation and timing satellites, initially cheered as a success, will now be registered as a failure of the Europeanized Soyuz rocket’s Fregat upper stage, which left the satellites in a useless orbit, government and industry officials said Aug. 23. Read more via Space

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Europe to Launch New Generation Global Positioning Satellites

Europe on Thursday is slated to launch the first of a new generation of global-positioning satellites as it seeks to divorce itself from reliance on the Pentagon’s GPS constellation that has become the backbone of global commerce. The first pair of fully operational Galileo satellites are scheduled to be lofted into space on a Russian-designed

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

SSTL Signs €80m contract with OHB for Second Batch of Galileo Payloads

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) Director of Telecommunications & Navigation, Dr John Paffett, has today signed a contract with Dr. Ingo Engeln, Member of the Executive Board of OHB System AG at the Farnborough International Airshow for the construction of a further eight navigation payloads for the European  Galileo programme.

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Maltese Kid to be Namesake of Galileo Satellite

Thanks to a novel initiative, a Maltese child – and a child from every other EU member state – is to have one of the European Union’s Galileo satellites named after him or her. The European Commission is inviting children aged between nine and 11 to participate in a drawing competition with the subject of ‘Space