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Galileo Boosters Prepped for March 27 Launch

March 11, 2015  - By and
Image: GPS World

Two more full operational capability (FOC) Galileo satellites are scheduled for launch March 27. This video shows the four first-stage boosters of the Soyuz launcher being assembled in Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Assembly takes place on a horizontal basis, in the Russian manner. The video shows four thrusters assembled around the main body. After takeoff, the engines burn for 120 seconds and then are dropped. The thrust is transferred to the main body by a ball joint located above the propeller of the cone-shaped structure.

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