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F9 Galileo constellation launches
« on: 10/23/2023 02:48 pm »
SpaceX Signs Deal to Launch Key European Satellites
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PARIS—SpaceX has signed a deal to launch up to four of Europe’s flagship navigation satellites into orbit, reinforcing the Elon Musk-led company’s growing foothold in the region as local rivals struggle to get rockets off the ground.
« Last Edit: 11/07/2023 02:51 pm by Galactic Penguin SST »
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Re: F9 Galileo constellation launches
« Reply #1 on: 10/23/2023 08:07 pm »
SpaceX Signs Deal to Launch Key European Satellites
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PARIS—SpaceX has signed a deal to launch up to four of Europe’s flagship navigation satellites into orbit, reinforcing the Elon Musk-led company’s growing foothold in the region as local rivals struggle to get rockets off the ground.
SpaceX and the European Space Agency recently signed an agreement for two launches next year, each carrying two Galileo satellites, said Javier Benedicto, the agency’s director of navigation.
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Re: F9 Galileo constellation launches
« Reply #2 on: 10/24/2023 02:55 am »
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We'll move/merge threads here when the official EU announcement is made.
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Re: F9 Galileo constellation launches
« Reply #3 on: 11/07/2023 02:45 pm »
https://www.reuters.com/technology/space/eu-fine-tunes-plans-launch-four-galileo-satellites-spacex-2023-11-07/
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The agreement spans two launches pencilled in for April and July next year, carrying two satellites each, EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton told reporters in Seville, Spain, following EU ministerial talks on competitivity in space.

The plan is subject to authorisations surrounding the protection of the satellites, which are part of a sensitive European system that includes a secure signal in addition to a public alternative to the U.S. Global Positioning System.

Breton told a news conference the provisional contract with SpaceX was worth 180 million euros ($191.99 million).
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Re: F9 Galileo constellation launches
« Reply #4 on: 11/07/2023 02:52 pm »
https://www.reuters.com/technology/space/eu-fine-tunes-plans-launch-four-galileo-satellites-spacex-2023-11-07/
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The agreement spans two launches pencilled in for April and July next year, carrying two satellites each, EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton told reporters in Seville, Spain, following EU ministerial talks on competitivity in space.

The plan is subject to authorisations surrounding the protection of the satellites, which are part of a sensitive European system that includes a secure signal in addition to a public alternative to the U.S. Global Positioning System.

Breton told a news conference the provisional contract with SpaceX was worth 180 million euros ($191.99 million).

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The plan is subject to authorisations surrounding the protection of the satellites, which are part of a sensitive European system that includes a secure signal in addition to a public alternative to the U.S. Global Positioning System.
There are already individual threads of the 2 launches in the European section (created when they were going to be launched on Soyuz), we are waiting for the above mentioned authorizations from EU nations before moving them to here.
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Re: F9 Galileo constellation launches
« Reply #5 on: 11/07/2023 10:37 pm »
https://www.reuters.com/technology/space/eu-fine-tunes-plans-launch-four-galileo-satellites-spacex-2023-11-07/
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The agreement spans two launches pencilled in for April and July next year, carrying two satellites each, EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton told reporters in Seville, Spain, following EU ministerial talks on competitivity in space.

The plan is subject to authorisations surrounding the protection of the satellites, which are part of a sensitive European system that includes a secure signal in addition to a public alternative to the U.S. Global Positioning System.

Breton told a news conference the provisional contract with SpaceX was worth 180 million euros ($191.99 million).

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The plan is subject to authorisations surrounding the protection of the satellites, which are part of a sensitive European system that includes a secure signal in addition to a public alternative to the U.S. Global Positioning System.
There are already individual threads of the 2 launches in the European section (created when they were going to be launched on Soyuz), we are waiting for the above mentioned authorizations from EU nations before moving them to here.

Would this be the EU equivalent to ITAR payload monitoring, or more like the armed monitoring for more sensitive stuff (I think there were US marines guarding a sensor payload on a japanese spysat launch)? If armed escort is required, who would go, some multinational party, or just one group on behalf of the EU like say french marines?

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Re: F9 Galileo constellation launches
« Reply #6 on: 02/16/2024 02:31 am »
These two launches I should allow Galileo to finally fill all 24 orbital slots with working satellites. Currently there are 22 slots filled (down from 23 after GSAT0210 failed last year). You can see the slots in this map from the Galileo website:


The page https://www.gsc-europa.eu/system-service-status/constellation-information lists 23 healthy satellites, but one of them is PRN 10 in slot B15 which is not one of the 24 nominal slots.

So one launch will be needed to each of the A and C planes. This will then leave all planes with 24 filled nominal slots, and a spare operational satellite in each plane.

Has anyone seen yet which flight is assigned to which plane?

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