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Twin Galileo satellites fueled and ready for launch

from GPS World

A pair of Galileo satellites are now fully fueled and mated together atop the upper stage that will haul them most of the way up to their final orbit. The launch is planned for the evening of Oct. 12, reports the European Space Agency. Technicians donned protective suits to fill the two satellites' tanks with hydrazine fuel, used to maintain the satellites' attitude and orbital position during their planned 12-year lifetime. more


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