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Saturday, 23 August 2014 09:00

New launchers to support independence of EU's satellite navigation programme

The EU's satellite navigation programme Galileo signed a €500 million agreement with Arianespace which will bring an operational Galileo service much closer, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to the press-service of the European Commission.

 

The agreement to provide three Ariane-5 launchers will reduce the EU's use of external parties for placing its Galileo satellites into orbit - another step on the road to the EU's goal to secure independent access to space. As the launchers are manufactured in the EU this is also a win for European business. The Ariane-5 launcher will carry four satellites at a time into orbit, twice the capacity of the current launchers and will start to be used in 2015. The number of launches needed for the full set of satellites required for commercial operations will therefore decrease.

 

European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, commented: "This agreement involves the marriage of launchers and satellites engineered and built in Europe, a move towards the independence of the European Union’s space sector.”

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