Galileo satellite deployment campaign to resume
Photos: Soyuz soars skyward from French Guiana
Flying for the 10th time from a tropical launch facility along the South American coastline, a Russian Soyuz rocket lifted off Dec. 18 and streaked through partly sunny skies with four satellites to extend the reach of the O3b Networks, a company founded to bring broadband to the world’s most remote and impoverished countries.
Third quartet of satellites launched for O3b Networks
Live coverage: Soyuz blasts off on third mission for O3b
Photos: O3b satellites prepared for Soyuz launch
Photos: Soyuz booster rolls out to French Guiana launch pad
Galileo launch failure blamed on frozen Fregat fuel line
A design flaw in a Russian Fregat upper stage was responsible for the botched orbital injection of two European Galileo navigation satellites in August, causing hydrazine fuel to freeze inside the rocket’s maneuvering system and rendering it unable to point in the right direction during a critical engine burn.