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ARIANE 5 ROCKET LAUNCHES 4 MORE SATELLITES FOR EUROPE'S GPS NETWORK

ARIANE 5 ROCKET LAUNCHES 4 MORE SATELLITES FOR EUROPE'S GPS NETWORK A European Ariane 5 rocket shot skyward from the small South American country of French Guiana this afternoon (Dec. 12), carrying four new navigation satellites into orbit for the European Space Agency. The rocket, built by European launch provider Arianespace, lifted off from the Guiana Space Center in Korou at 1:36:07 p.m. EST (1836:07 GMT and 3:36:07 p.m. in Kourou) with the new Galileo navigation system satellites, which will join 18 already in orbit. The European Union is adding members to its own satellite-navigation system, the Galileo constellation, which will function much like the United States' Navstar GPS system.    More



(Source: Space.com - Dec 12)

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