On April 6th, 2016 the next two Galileo FOC* satellites (Danielè and Alizée) have arrived safe and sound at the launch site in Kourou (French Guiana).
The Launch of the next two satellites is scheduled for May 24, 2016 and will be carried out by Arianespace from the Guyana Space Center in French Guyana. It will orbit two FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites, and precedes Arianespace's already scheduled launch of four Galileo satellites on an Ariane 5 ES during the fourth quarter of 2016.
With these two launches, six new Galileo satellites will be deployed in 2016, as in 2015, bringing the total number in the Galileo-constellation to 18 by the end of the year. Each of the Galileo satellites is named after one of the children who won the painting competition organized by the European Commission in 2011.
* The FOC (full operational capability) phase of the Galileo program is being funded and executed by the European Union. The European Commission and the European Space Agency ESA have signed a contract under which ESA acts as the development and sourcing agency on behalf of the Commission. The view expressed here does not necessarily reflect the official position of the European Union and/or ESA. Galileo is a registered trademark owned by the EU and ESA and registered under OHIM application number 002742237.
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