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    Galileo launch

    The first launch of Galileo aboard Soyuz is at about 11:30am today. Watch the launch live at Arianespace - VideoCorner > Livestream video coverage All previous Soyuz launches have been from Baikonur and Plesetsk; this is the first one from French Guiana at the new launch complex. Sadly the weather in Kourou is cloudy, so the view may not be the best. I watch the launch webcasts regularly and they are usually very well presented.

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    Sadly, it appears to have been postponed, both according to the video feed and the Arianespace.com website - but I can't find a reason as to why, due to numerous 'Service unavailable' errors on the website..!

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    From Arianespace

    Quote Originally Posted by Press Release
    Arianespace Flight VS01: Soyuz ST-B – Galileo IOV-1 Launch postponed

    October 20, 2011

    Following an anomaly detected during fueling of the Soyuz launcher’s third stage, the final countdown has been interrupted.

    The Soyuz and its two Galileo satellites, along with the launch facility have been placed in a safe mode.

    A new launch date will be announced later today.

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    Thanks.

    Safe mode? I'm imagining all the control room screens being in low-resolution...

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    Quote Originally Posted by "Press Release
    Arianespace Flight VS01: Soyuz ST-B – Galileo IOV-1; Launch set for Friday, October 21, 2011

    Kourou, October 20, 2011

    Following the work performed on the Soyuz launch facility and the associated additional checks, Arianespace has decided to restart the countdown operations for the launch VS01, Soyuz STB – Galileo IOV-1.

    Liftoff of the Soyuz ST-B launcher is now set for Friday, October 21, at exactly:

    10:30:26 a.m. (UTC) Friday, October 21, 2011
    07:30:26 a.m. (French Guiana time)
    12:30:26 p.m. (Paris time)
    06:30:26 a.m. (Washington DC Time)
    02:30:26 p.m. (Moscow time)
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    Fab launch looked amazing!!

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    Shame about the cloud cover though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladedanny View Post
    Shame about the cloud cover though.
    Shame about the complete waste of money on a vanity project, too. That money could've been spent getting our ass to Mars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatpackhamster View Post
    Shame about the complete waste of money on a vanity project, too. That money could've been spent getting our ass to Mars.
    Why is it a waste of money? Navigation systems are tied into a massive amount of our every day systems. From the systems that organise deliveries, to the guidance systems on planes and ships. The time systems are used for our banking systems and more.

    Not to mention the fact this new system will contain a proper SAR system which can locate people needing help within a meter.

    Not even slightly a waste of money IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatpackhamster View Post
    Shame about the complete waste of money on a vanity project, too. That money could've been spent getting our ass to Mars.
    Tbh id rather have a huge telescope array something with a km or more baseline. Think what could be done with that

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    Tbh id rather have a huge telescope array something with a km or more baseline. Think what could be done with that
    You mean like the Square Kilometre Array - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    that sort of thing but in space maybe at the le-grange point between earth and the sun to cut out interference and should make it need less shielding and less likely to be hit by debris

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