It’s official: Europe turns to the Falcon 9 to launch its navigation satellites

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching into the sky.

Enlarge / A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 Starlink satellites launches from Cape Canaveral Air Power Station on January 29, 2020. (credit score: Getty Photographs | SOPA Photographs )

The European Union has reached an settlement with the USA that may enable for the launch of 4 Galileo navigation satellites on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

Based on Politico, the safety settlement permits employees working for the EU and European Area Company to have entry to the launch pad always and, ought to there be a mishap with the mission, the primary alternative to retrieve particles.

With the settlement, last preparations can start for 2 launches of two satellites every, on the Falcon 9 rocket from Florida. These Galileo missions will happen later this yr. The satellites, which every weigh about 700 kg, might be launched into an orbit about 22,000 km above the planet.

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