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Experts probe launch failure in European Union's $7.4 billion satnav project

Published on Aug 26, 2014 1:22 AM

PARIS (AFP) - Experts are racing to identify and fix a problem that saw two satellites from Europe's troubled Galileo satnav programme sent into the wrong orbit.

The pair were launched from Europe's space pad in Kourou, French Guiana, last Friday and were intended to be the first two fully operational satellites in the new-generation navigation system.

Experts said it seemed unlikely the two misplaced satellites could be brought into the right orbit and used.

Investigators from the European Space Agency (ESA) and launch operator Arianespace will work with an "internal task force" set up by the European Commission to figure out what went wrong, the EU's executive said on Monday.

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