Galileos deployed

Galileos deployed

Released

17/11/2016 3:15 pm

Copyright

ESA–P. Carril

Description

Galileo satellites 15–18 being deployed from their dispenser at 22 900 km altitude starting 3 hr 35 min after launch. They deploy two at a time, with the second pair deploying 20 minutes after the first. They then manoeuvre themselves up another 300 km to their final working orbit, leaving their Ariane 5 EPS upper stage in a safe 'graveyard orbit'.

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