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Galileo satellites ejected from dispenser
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- Title Galileo satellites ejected from dispenser
- Released 19/10/2011 7:25 pm
- Copyright ESA - P. Carril
The Galileo launch dispenser, designed for Arianespace by RUAG Space Sweden, secured the twin Galileo IOV satellites in place during the take-off of their Soyuz ST-B. The satellites remained attached to the dispenser for about three hours 40 minutes after launch. Then, when the three-stage Soyuz ST-B’s additional Fregat MT upper stage reached the planned 23,222 km orbit, the dispenser fired a pyrotechnic separation system to release them in opposing directions.