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Russia postpones European satellite’s launch

Last week the Russian Space Agency said it had postponed the launch of the European navigation satellite from December 26 to December 28, 2005. A Soyuz-FG launch vehicle is to take the first European satellite under the Galileo project into orbit from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan. Galileo will be Europe’s own global navigation satellite system, providing GPS positioning service under civilian control. It will operate in conjunction with GPS and Glonass, the two other global satellite navigation systems.