Arianespace confirms Galileo satellites are in wrong orbit

The fifth and sixth satellites that form part of Europe’s Galileo navigation system have been launched into the wrong orbit

The European Space Agency (ESA) had initially said the August 22 launch from Kourou in French Guyana had been successful. But Arianespace, the firm overseeing the launch, revealed the error in a statement released Saturday.

“Observations taken after the separation of the satellites from the Soyuz VS09 (rocket) for the Galileo Mission show a gap between the orbit achieved and that which was planned,” it said.

“They have been placed on a lower orbit than expected. Teams are studying the impact this could have on the satellites,” it added.

Arianespace declined to comment on whether their trajectories can be corrected.

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