Astrium’s satellites ready for space launch

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THE third and fourth of Astrium’s Galileo satellites have been delivered to the European Space Agency in French Guiana, from where they will soon be sent into space.

The navigation systems onboard the satellites were designed and built by the company in Portsmouth.

The satellites were assembled and tested in Rome by Thales Alenia Space Italia and flown to French Guiana in an Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft this week.

The first two satellites are already in orbit. If the launch of satellites three and four goes according to plan, Astrium will have laid the foundation for the complete Galileo system – Europe’s first global satellite navigation system under civilian control.

The system will supply reliable and precise positioning data worldwide.