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Default Galileo from Kourou atop Soyuz 2-1b October 21st 2011
by IronRain 10-09-2011, 12:09 PM

On October 20th, ESA will launch a pair of Galileo navigation satellites. These IOV (In Orbit Validation) satellites will work together with the already in oribt GIOVE A and B satellites. The four of them will test the systems of the Galileo IOV's and the supporting ground structure. The launch will take place from Kourou from the newly build Soyuz-ST launch complex. This will be the first Soyuz launch from Kourou.

Galileo is Europe’s own global navigation satellite system, providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. It is inter-operable with GPS and Glonass, the two other global satellite navigation systems.

By offering dual frequencies as standard, Galileo will deliver real-time positioning accuracy down to the metre range. It will guarantee availability of the service under all but the most extreme circumstances and will inform users within seconds of any satellite failure, making it suitable for safety-critical applications such as guiding cars, running trains and landing aircraft.

Eventually, Galileo will consist of 30 satellites.

Launch will take place at 10:34 GMT (6:34 a.m. EDT)

Launch: *Click here to restart the timer*

Here's the calendar event. You can also ask a reminder here (thanks Orb)


Galileo satellite


Different orbits of satellite constellations


One of the Galileo's being fueled


Dispenser fit check on the the Fregat upper stage


Both Galileo IOV's attached to the dispenser




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Old 10-11-2011, 01:54 PM   #3
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The launch time is set for October 20th, 10:34:28.3 UTC.

Time-lapse video of the final assembly of Soyuz-ST launch vehicle:
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ESA: Soyuz ready with Galileo satellites for milestone launch
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Thread title says "Soyuz 2-1b." Is this a 2.1b, a 2-1V? Calendar says it's STB. Soyuz family sure has weird nomenclature.
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 Thread title says "Soyuz 2-1b." Is this a 2.1b, a 2-1V?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soyuz-2...%29#Soyuz_2.1b:
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Soyuz 2.1b

The 2.1b version adds an upgraded engine (RD-0124) with improved performance to the second stage.

The 2.1b/ST version is sometimes called Soyuz-STB.
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A 3D presentation of the Galileo satellite navigation system, a joint development by the European Union and European Space Agency. This constellation of satellites will allow users to pinpoint their location anywhere on Earth -- their launches commencing on 20 October 2011.


You can change the 3D method or disable it with 3D button on the player.
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ESA: First Soyuz ready for liftoff from French Guiana


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Arianespace: Soyuz is revealed in the launch-ready configuration for its October 20 maiden flight from French Guiana



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What the vultures at 3:08 in the 1st vid are waiting for?..
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 What the vultures at 3:08 in the 1st vid are waiting for?..
They came to see the launch, of course.
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