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Galileo-IOV PFM, FM2, FM3, FM4

Galileo-IOV [ESA]

The Galileo satellite navigation system will consist of a total of 30 spacecraft in three planes in medium Earth orbit, which will each be occupied by nine satellites, and with three spares satellites distributed on the three orbital planes. At an altitude of 23,616 kilometers and an inclination of 56 degrees, the system will provide accurate positioning data to users as far north as 75 degrees longitude.

Although similar in design to the American GPS system and the Russian GLONASS navigation network, Galileo will be under the control of strictly civilian organizations. Galileo is the first joint program to be shared between the European Space Agency and the European Union.

Nation: Europe
Type / Application: Navigation
Operator: ESA
Contractors: EADS Astrium
Equipment:
Configuration:
Propulsion:
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 640 kg
Orbit: 23616 km × 23616 km, 56
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Galileo-IOV PFM (Thijs) 2011-060A 21.10.2011 Ko ELS Soyuz-STB Fregat-MT with Galileo-IOV FM2
Galileo-IOV FM2 (Natalia) 2011-060B 21.10.2011 Ko ELS Soyuz-STB Fregat-MT with Galileo-IOV PFM
Galileo-IOV FM3 (David) 2012-055A 12.10.2012 Ko ELS Soyuz-STB Fregat-MT with Galileo-IOV FM4
Galileo-IOV FM4 (Sif) 2012-055B 12.10.2012 Ko ELS Soyuz-STB Fregat-MT with Galileo-IOV FM3