12:16 GMT28 October 2020
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    Soyuz-ST rocket with two EU Galileo satellites aboard was successfully launched.

    PARIS (Sputnik) – Russian carrier rocket Soyuz-ST with two EU satellites aboard was successfully launched from Kourou space center in French Guyana early on Friday, the Arianespace launch service provider said.

    The Galileo satellites will become the ninth and tenth to be launched into orbit under the EU Galileo program, which aims to create a global satellite navigation system alongside existing US Global Positioning System (GPS) and Russian Glonass.

    Galileo's Full Operational Capability satellites were first launched from Kourou in August 2014. By 2020, a total of 30 Galileo satellites are expected to be placed into orbit, with each of them worth about 40 million (about $45 million).

    Two more Galileo satellites are scheduled to be launched before the end of 2016, according to Arianespace. The satellites should be shipped to Kourou in the second half of October.


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