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August 20th, 2014
Europe to Launch New Generation Global Positioning Satellites

Europe on Thursday is slated to launch the first of a new generation of global-positioning satellites as it seeks to divorce itself from reliance on the Pentagon’s GPS constellation that has become the backbone of global commerce. The first pair of fully operational Galileo satellites are scheduled to be lofted into space on a Russian-designed Soyuz-rocket from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Europe eventually plans to encircle the earth with 30 of these satellites, at a cost of more than €10 billion ($13.3 billion.) Read more in The Wall Street Journal