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EU to launch Galileo satellites Friday

English.news.cn   2014-08-22 17:38:16

BRUSSELS, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that its Galileo satellites will be launched at 1227 GMT Friday as weather conditions improved.

The launch of the fifth and sixth Galileo satellites, originally scheduled for Thursday, was postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions in Europe' s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

The two satellites to be launched are the first of a new series which is fully owned by the European Union (EU). The satellites, called Doresa and Milena, were named by two schoolchildren who won an EU-wide drawing competition.

Galileo is a European global satellite navigation system that will consist of 30 satellites and their ground infrastructure. Four Galileo satellites were already launched in pairs in October 2011 and October 2012.

Editor: Yang Yi
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