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French Guiana: Ariane 5 ES rocket lifts off carrying 4 new Galileo satellites01:25

French Guiana: Ariane 5 ES rocket lifts off carrying 4 new Galileo satellites

French Guiana, Guiana Space Centre, Kourou
November 17, 2016 at 14:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

An Ariane 5 ES rocket, carrying four new Galileo satellites, successfully launched into orbit from Guiana Space Centre in Kourou on Thursday. The quantity and weight of the load is reportedly unprecedented.

The four Galileo fully operational satellites, each weighing 738kg (1,627lbs), will be used for Europe’s Galileo navigation system, which is reportedly aimed at enhancing the precision of data for private and commercial users in respect to the US Global Positioning System (GPS).

The improved version of the workhouse rocket of the European Space Agency (ESA) - the Ariane 5 rocket - has been successfully used for a total of 75 launches, including the latest launch. The Ariane 5 ES has an estimated LEO launch capacity of 21,000 kg (46,000 lb).

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An Ariane 5 ES rocket, carrying four new Galileo satellites, successfully launched into orbit from Guiana Space Centre in Kourou on Thursday. The quantity and weight of the load is reportedly unprecedented.

The four Galileo fully operational satellites, each weighing 738kg (1,627lbs), will be used for Europe’s Galileo navigation system, which is reportedly aimed at enhancing the precision of data for private and commercial users in respect to the US Global Positioning System (GPS).

The improved version of the workhouse rocket of the European Space Agency (ESA) - the Ariane 5 rocket - has been successfully used for a total of 75 launches, including the latest launch. The Ariane 5 ES has an estimated LEO launch capacity of 21,000 kg (46,000 lb).

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