Rocket science

The European Space Agency has managed to place two satellites in the wrong orbit. They were meant to form part of the Galileo GPS system so that European companies won’t be reliant on the American GPS. The satellites – the fifth and sixth of an eventual 30 satellite system – have ended up in an elliptical orbit slightly below their intended circular orbit .
So far the ESA has remained tight-lipped as to whether the orbit can be corrected or the effect this will have on the project. Galileo has already cost €6 billion but with location-based data becoming more important it is expected to contribute hundreds of billions to the European economy. Seems like those old OS maps may still come in handy…

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