Four years behind schedule, Friday's launch in Kourou, French Guiana, of the first two fully operational Galileo satellites — the EU's answer to the U.S. GPS and Russian Glonass satellite navigation systems — was supposed to be a momentous occasion for the European space community. But after initially hailing the launch as a success, flight engineers on the ground noticed that the rocket had delivered the satellites into the wrong orbit.
Officials from the European Space Agency, or ESA, which manages the Galileo project, have yet to declare the satellites officially "lost." But given their position relative to their intended orbits they are likely now useless.
The Galileo navigation system is a flagship high-tech project for the EU-backed ESA. Its realization would curtail Europe's reliance on the U.S. GPS, which could be shut off by the U.S. military during times of war. It has also been billed as a European job creator, with the market for satellite navigation-based services expected to reach a value of $320 billion by 2020.
ESA has budgeted 5 billion euros ($6.6 billion) for the project, which plans to have 30 satellites in orbit by 2017. The satellites that were lost on Friday were the first to be launched. They were uninsured
They are expected to ....blablalbalbla
so every region is now making its own GPS with its own technology and laws of use and cut-off
guess which one is the most Advanced ?
Oh yes, there are questions why we are using Russian satellites and if we should continue to use them ? shouldn't we build our own launchstations (we have them) and rockets to launch them ourselves if we are going to participate in the race in space
A bit strange that a regional power let another eventually dangerous regional power launch something that has the uppermost strategic value
I presume the European parliament will now start an investigation or doesn't it like to take its own parliamentary role seriously when European project are totally going beserk