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Oops: Galileo satellites go into wrong, lower orbit - Esa

TORPC
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Oops: Galileo satellites go into wrong, lower orbit - Esa

[quote= http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28910662]The European Space Agency (Esa) says the latest two satellites for Europe's version of the American GPS satellite navigation system have not gone into the correct orbit.
However, it says the fifth and sixth satellites launched from French Guiana on Friday are under control.
The agency is examining the implications of the anomaly.
The satellites Doresa and Milena went up on a Soyuz rocket after a 24-hour delay because of bad weather.
How many millions / billions have now been wasted ?Huh
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Re: Oops: Galileo satellites go into wrong, lower orbit - Esa

A friend of mine used to recount how his brother programmed the co-ordinates in to a satellite but he went by metric units while the units given were actually imperial. That was a major messup.
I used to laugh at that story until we hung a picture last year and the wife was working in inches with her measurements and I was working in CM ...........
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Re: Oops: Galileo satellites go into wrong, lower orbit - Esa

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How many millions / billions have now been wasted ?Huh

They'll be insured, and satellite operators don't usually take ownership until shakedown is completed/they're delivered to the intended orbit.