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SkyMan1958
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posted 02-02-2012 11:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to the BBC, the European commission has issued a contract to increase Europe's GPS constellation from 14 satellites to 22. It is expected that eventually the constellation will grow to 30 satellites.

The eight new satellites will be built by a consortium of OHB System (a German Co.) and SSTL (a British Co.).

Galileo's next-generation technologies are designed to provide users with quicker, more reliable fixes, enabling them to locate their positions with an error of one metre, compared with the current GPS error of several metres.

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posted 10-15-2012 01:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The third and fourth spacecraft in Europe's version of GPS (Galileo) were launched on a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana. With four satellites in orbit it becomes possible to test Galileo end-to-end.

It is expected that it will be about 2015 before there are enough satellites in orbit for the system to show it's true capability. The full deployment of the system, 27 operational satellites and three spares, will take most of the decade.

Full article from BBC.

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