Galileo details due in weeks

The European Commission pledges to reveal more details on the launch of the next satellites in its Galileo project in the coming weeks.
 
A statement announcing the names of the next two birds in the 30-satellite constellation reveals the Commission is gearing up to detail the schedule for their launch, and outline procurement of future birds.
 
“Galileo continues to progress and the Commission will announce details in the coming weeks, including the procurement of additional satellites for the system,” the statement reveals.
 
The first two satellites in the navigation project launched in October, and the Commission predicts the constellation could boost the region’s economy by €90 billion per year once up and running.
 
However, the Commission has previously conceded only the GPS element of the constellation will be available at the launch of commercial services in 2014. The project has been subject to several delays, resulting in the EC detailing a €7 billion rescue package in December.

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