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Galileo satellite tested at ESTEC

Date- 8th Mar 11 Source- 'The first two satellites of the Galileo constellation, Europe's own navigation system, will be launched together on a Soyuz from ESA's Spaceport at French Guiana later this year. Four satellites are currently being prepared in Europe for what is called the In-Orbit Validation (IOV) phase: a full demonstration of how the final Galileo will operate, involving satellites in orbit working together with dedicated ground infrastructure. At the start of 2011, one of these satellites underwent testing for launch at ESA's test facilities at ESTEC in the Netherlands.'
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