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Galileo satellite fleet apparently reduced

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Old October 25th 09, 07:19 AM posted to sci.geo.satellite-nav
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Default Galileo satellite fleet apparently reduced

Order for final six birds put on indefinite hold

Posted in Space, 23rd October 2009 10:50 GMT at
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10...leo_reduction/ where there
is more... and a few relevant comments on a linked page...

Indications have emerged of possible delays or cuts to the European
Galileo satellite navigation system. Orders for several satellites,
expected to be placed this year, have been placed on indefinite hold.

Galileo at present has only Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element
(GIOVE) test sats in orbit, intended to prove the technology and keep
hold of the system's spectrum slots. Plans had called for 28
operational spacecraft to be deployed in addition, but it now appears
that Galileo may operate for some time with only 26. This is two more
than necessary for global coverage, but more satellites would offer
better performance to users.

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