Europe’s ninth and tenth Galileo satellites have reached their launch pad, holding their position atop a straight Soyuz launcher in willingness for Friday’s launch.
Galileo-9 and -10 are due for launch atop a Soyuz rocket during 02:08 GMT (04:08 CEST) on 11 Sep (23:08 internal time, 10 September) from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.
At a finish of final week a Galileo satellites, already trustworthy to their conduit on a Fregat tip stage, were seen by tellurian eyes for a final time as a halves of their protecting launcher fairing were hermetic around them.
This encapsulation resolved with a serve of a Galileo trademark on a side of a hermetic fairing.This noted a execution of a ‘upper composite’ – a multiple of Galileo satellites, and dispenser, and a Fregat theatre that will fly them a bulk of a approach adult to their aim medium-altitude orbit.
Meanwhile, a initial 3 stages of their Soyuz had been fabricated horizontally, in a normal Russian fashion.
Monday morning saw this deficient car rolled out to a launch pad, afterwards lifted to a vertical.This left a approach transparent for a tip multiple to be eliminated to a pad, afterwards hoisted adult to a tip of a Soyuz building to be assimilated to a other stages
The launcher and cargo is therefore now finish and in place, available a Launcher Readiness Review forward of Friday morning’s liftoff. This latest Galileo debate began with a attainment of a satellites in French Guiana on 24 July.Two serve satellites are scheduled for launch by finish of this year.
One is underneath exam during ESA’s ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk, a Netherlands, while a other has already finished a checks and is available shipping to Kourou in a second half of October. In addition, a initial satellite of a following collection (Galileo-13) is undergoing a thermal–vacuum exam during ESTEC, while a second (Galileo-14) arrived on Monday.