Russia's Soyuz rockets to send four European navigation satellites into orbit before end of 2015

Two more launches of Soyuz-ST-B carrier rockets carrying the European Galileo navigation satellites are expected before the end of this year.

Two more launches of Soyuz-ST-B carrier rockets carrying the European Galileo navigation satellites are expected from the Guiana Space Centre (French Guiana, South America) before the end of this year, a source in the Russian space industry told Interfax-AVN on Sunday.

"The liftoffs are due on September 11 and December 17. In each of these launches, Soyuz-ST-B rockets and the Fregat-MT upper stages will deliver two European Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) navigation satellites," the source said.

The Soyuz in Guiana project is implemented under an intergovernmental agreement signed between Russia and France in November 2003. The Russian Federal Space Agency is responsible for the Russian side of the program, coordinating efforts with Russian space rocket companies involved in the program (TsENKI, Progress Space Center and NPO Lavochkin).

It was reported earlier that in August 2014 two Galileo FOC satellites were delivered to a wrong orbit because of a malfunction in the Fregat-MT upper stage.

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