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Starsem are to launch the GIOVE-A from Baikonur Cosmodrome

The GIOVE A satellite for Starsem's final mission of 2005 has arrived at Baikonur Cosmodrome, where it will undergo checkout for its late December liftoff on a Soyuz launcher. GIOVE A is the first of two spacecraft orbited by Starsem to validate Europe's new Galileo space-based navigation syst...

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19 December 20050 Comments0 Comments


Postponement of GIOVE-A launch

An anomaly has been detected in the ground station network for the satellite GIOVE-A during preparations for launch. The necessary re-configuration and validation are currently predicted to lead to a delay of at least two days for this launch, originally scheduled to take place on 26 December. S...

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19 December 20050 Comments0 Comments


What's happening on the ground?

SSTL's GIOVE-A satellite has been carefully loaded into the Soyuz launch vehicle in Baikonur, Kazakhstan where the rocket remains horizontal pending final preparations for erection and launch. These final preparations include the application of silver and gold coated plastic / foil thermal blan...

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19 December 20050 Comments0 Comments


New launch date for GIOVE-A satellite confirmed

The new launch date for the GIOVE-A satellite has been confirmed as the 28th December, launch time 05:19 UK time. The original Boxing day launch date was postponed because of an anomaly detected in the ground station network during initial preparations for launch. The necessary re-configuration ...

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20 December 20050 Comments0 Comments


Launch preparations in progress

With the new launch date of the 28th December in mind, a quick update on the launch and what to expect would seem appropriate. Following the fitting of the Fairing (nose cone), the explosive bolts that will later be used to release the GIOVE-A payload from the Fregat (the upper component of the ...

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20 December 20050 Comments0 Comments


SSTL audio interview available for download

British satellite manufacturer, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, discuss the launch of the GIOVE-A micro-satellite, part of the ESA Galileo project from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan scheduled for 28 Dec 2005 in an audio interview. The interviewees are Martin Unwin, Head of the GPS and G...

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22 December 20050 Comments0 Comments


University of Surrey space success stems from SSTL

With another micro-satellite ready for launch on 28th December, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd., (SSTL) confirms its position as a leader in the design and supply of small cost-effective satellites. The company's continued commercial success reflects the culture fostered by the University of Sur...

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26 December 20050 Comments0 Comments


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