Second Galileo Satellite Launched Successfully
Report written by
the BNSC Press Office
provide the whole planet with a highly accurate Global Navigation
Satellite System under civilian control, Europe's Galileo project
moved a step closer as a second test satellite was launched
successfully from Kazakhstan.
GIOVE-B (Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element-B) is designed to test
novel, key technologies for the Galileo network which is due to
become operational in 2013.
It was successfully launched on board a Soyuz rocket from the
Baikonur Cosmodrome and joins GIOVE-A which has been in medium Earth
orbit since 28 December 2005.
As with GIOVE-A, GIOVE-B will test the key technologies of the
Galileo system. It carries a high-precision passive maser atomic
clock - the most accurate clock ever flown in space. GIOVE-B had a
lift-off mass of 530 kg and is the size of a telephone box.
The payload for GIOVE-B has been developed by EADS Astrium Limited
in the UK. Its team tested and integrated the equipment on board the
satellite.GIOVE-B has been built by an industrial consortium headed
by Astrium GmbH (Germany) while Thales Alenia Space (Italy) as
subcontractor has carried out satellite assembly, integration and
Science and Innovation Minister Ian Pearson said:- "The UK has
been a major investor in the development of Galileo, and the launch
of GIOVE-B is an important milestone for the Galileo programme.
played by UK companies have been critical, and demonstrate the
engineering and skill base that has been developed in the UK.
I am pleased
that British companies will continue to play key roles within the
Community-funded Galileo programme.
It is a clear
demonstration that the UK remains at the core of space development
both in ESA and the EU."
The development of Galileo was funded jointly by the European Space
Agency (ESA) and European Union (EU).
The EU will now build
a civil system of 30 satellites and a complete ground support
network to offer users of satellite navigation with an accuracy of
less than a metre.
navigation systems, such as the USA's Global Positioning System
(GPS), Galileo is expected to offer commercial guarantees of service
and provide inbuilt integrity information. This will make it
suitable for applications where safety is critical.
This could include
the following areas:-
* With a greater number of satellites being provided by both GPS and
Galileo, there will be greater reliability and availability. For
example, there will be tremendous potential for improving air
traffic control. It could allow planes to reduce their reliance on
ground-based beacons or radio signals and could help improve safety
in poor weather conditions.
* More and more drivers are expected to adopt satellite navigation.
Freight companies will be able to use Galileo to track containers
more closely and could help them combat theft and fraud.
* Satellite technology is also being developed to help older and
more vulnerable people. If they were to suffer a medical crisis, an
inbuilt satellite navigation system receiver in conjunction with
mobile phone technology could alert emergency services to their
* When Galileo reaches full operational capability, its satellites
will provide coverage of even the most remote parts of the globe. Up
until now, coverage of latitudes in the Arctic has been patchy at
Dr Mike Healy, Director of Earth Observation, Navigation and Science
for Astrium Ltd, said:- "GIOVE-B will broadcast the first
fully representative Galileo navigation signals, enabling scientists
and engineers to move the programme to a new development level.
built payload is pivotal to achieving this aim and this launch is a
major step towards the Galileo operational system."
OPPORTUNITIES FOR TALENTED YOUNGSTERS
immediately for talent. Places available for brand new Summer School
Show AND auditions for juvenile cast in Anne Dalton’s brand new
PROFESSIONAL Xmas production.
Sign Up For Summer School
Anne Dalton, writer/director of the hit musical “Our Benny”
The Liverpool Empire this November, is inviting students to attend
her summer school and audition for her professional Christmas
ABD’s Summer School
runs from Monday 28 July until Friday 1 August.
Students will be
working on a brand new show to be performed with full costume, set
and lighting on the final night. The show is about students in a
theatre school deciding which out of four shows they will be
selecting as their next production. Which will it be? They explore
the ideas, vying with each other over the highlights of each show,
,“WICKED”, “THE WIZARD OF OZ” and “PETER PAN”, and
feature numbers from each of these exciting shows which collectively
make a fabulous evening’s entertainment for all entitled:- “We
Love Musicals”. As always at ABD’s productions, the sessions
will be run by qualified professionals and students will be
supervised fully at all times by staff who are CRB checked. Because
of the nature of these musicals, the summer school is suitable for
anyone between the ages of 7 and 18. The course is £100 . ( There is
a £20 discount for the second child in the family. Places are
limited but can be secured by a £10 deposit . Forms can be collected
from Crosby Civic Hall and Southport Arts Centre or you can also
email. Places are allocated on
a 1st come 1st served basis.
Auditions For Professional Show
There is a further exciting opportunity for talented young people to
have the Christmas experience of a lifetime by auditioning for a
part in “Scrooge’s Nightmare Christmas", a new interactive version of
“A Christmas Carol”, aimed at all the family.
With a narrator and
plenty of audience participation, t is suitable for everyone from 6
to 106 and has been specially written by written by Anne Dalton.
Auditions will be
held at Southport Arts Centre on Sunday 18 May 2008, at Southport Arts
Centre. ABD are looking for talented singer/ actor/ dancers from 8
to 18 (male and female) to form the juvenile cast of this
Those attending should wear comfortable and
appropriate clothing and footwear, bring plenty of drinks, register
at 10.00 and be prepared to stay until 5.00pm.
re-appeal for witnesses to a sexual assault
Police are re-appealing for witnesses to a sexual assault, which
occurred on Bailey Drive, Bootle, on Thursday, 27 December, 2007.
Officers have issued at photograph of a watch which was recovered at
the scene and believe it could belong to the offender. They are
appealing to anyone who may recognise the watch (a Clauder Valentina
superior sports watch) and has not seen the owner wearing it in
recent months to contact them.
The 43-year-old woman victim was walking home along Bailey Drive,
Bootle, at about 2am, when she was approached by a man who tried to
engage her in conversation. As they approached the
junction with Roberts Drive the man suddenly turned on her and began
attacking the woman knocking her to the ground. The man then ran
off. The woman was left in a distressed condition and
required treatment at University Hospital Aintree for her injuries,
which comprised of bruising and cuts to the face. The attack is
believed to be sexually motivated.
The offender is described as white, 5ft 2 in tall, young looking
approximately 18 years old, with short brown hair. He was wearing a
light coloured top.
Merseyside Police would like to urge anyone who witnessed this
incident, or who has more information, to contact Copy Lane CID on
0151 777 3166, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.