Red Faces at EU as Satellite Appears on Wrong Orbit - Independent.ie
European space officials say they’re investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America’s GPS network.
The European Space Agency said the satellites ended up in off-target orbits after launching last Friday from French Guiana, aboard a Soyuz rocket.
The statement did not explain the difference between the satellites’ intended and actual orbits, or whether their orbital paths could be corrected. The EU hopes to have its 30-satellite Galileo navigation network operating fully by 2020.