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Galileo Satellites On Orbit
MrUmbra
Embellished by hype and fanfare, the first two operational Galileo satellites were launched atop a Soyuz rocket during the morning hours of 21 October 2011. The Russian designed rocket blasted off from a brand new launch pad at Arianespace's South American facility. Separation of the side-by-side mounted satellites occurred several hours later.

Galileo satellites fly a super accurate hydrogen maser clock and transmit signals that promise enhanced multipath immunity. Galileo will enter service as a modernized system with a compatible ground control system. So, it promises to be the most accurate/precise satellite navigation system.

The project, like all ambitious technical efforts, is well behind schedule and grossly over budget. But unless you're counting beans, so what.

Nice article from the BBC:

BBC News - Europe's first Galileo satellites lift off

--- CHAS
glennw
Do you mean 21 October?
I know you said "well behind schedule", but...
MrUmbra
Woe be it to me to complicate their problems with the 'bean counters' .. fixed it.

The two satellites are doing well. Two more launches are scheduled for next year. With the constellation now becoming a reality, when can we expect consumer priced receivers? Realistically, we don't need to wait for the entire Galileo constellation to use the satellites.

Consumer class GLONASS chips are a reality. Garmin Etrex and the newest iPhone are now GLONASS capable. Hopefully, we can soon expect multi-constellation receivers usable with Laptops.

--- CHAS
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