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A Russian Soyuz carrier rocket with European GIOVE A satellite has lifted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan
A Russian Soyuz carrier rocket with European GIOVE A satellite has lifted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, the Russian Space Agency (Roskosmos) said Wednesday. The satellite is expected to reach the orbit at 12:02 p.m. Moscow time (9:02 GMT) on Wednesday. The GIOVE A satellite is part of a new European Galileo global positioning and communications system. The Galileo project envisions the creation of a satellite group consisting of 30 spacecraft. The first satellite will be circling the Earth at the height of 23,000 kilometers with the aim to test a series of advanced technologies for the Galileo system. The Galileo will be Europe's own global navigation satellite system, providing highly accurate global positioning service under civilian control. It will operate in conjunction with GPS and GLONASS, the two other global satellite navigation systems. According to Roskosmos head Anatoly Perminov, the agency is planning to reach an agreement with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) in order to combine GPS, GLONASS and Galileo into a unified global positioning system.
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