In French Guiana the Russian Soyuz rocket with its payload Galileo satellites is static. Its scheduled launch on Thursday morning was delayed due to technical reasons believed to be linked to the fueling system. European space officials said it would go ahead a day late, at 12:30 CET on Friday.
This week’s planned flight from Europe’s space base near Kourou, French Guiana,will be the first time the Soyuz rocket has been launched from outside its former Soviet bases.
The flight is the culmination of more than a decade of planning. The Galileo satellites will provide Europe with its own Global Positioning System, GPS and autonomy from the U.S controlled system with better accuracy in the navigation signals delivered from space.