SpaceX launches EU Galileo positioning satellites in the dead of night EU time, surely a relief to EU Commission, ESA

by Peter B. de Selding

UPDATE April 29: The European Commission released a statement confirming the success of the launch and giving an update on a new order for Galileo Second Generation satellites on the future Ariane 6 vehicle. The statement did not mention the name of SpaceX.

PARIS — SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched two European Galileo positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) satellites April 27 in the first of two planned Galileo missions the European Commission has contracted this year with SpaceX.

The level of embarrassment at the Commission and . . .

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