21 August 2014
Europe’s first pair of fully operational Galileo satellites are scheduled to launch today. Europeans hope that the Galileo satellite navigation system will make the region less dependent on the U.S. GPS system in the event that the U.S. ever decides to limit access. Europe is proceeding with the launch even though the ESA said it still has not determined why one of the Galileo satellites now in orbit experienced a sudden power drop in May. As a precaution, the ESA reduced broadcast power on all of the satellites in orbit, but this should not affect system users, according to the agency. (Image Credit: ESA)
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