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Galileo 16



The Galileo satellite navigation system will consist of a total of 30 spacecraft in three planes in medium Earth orbit, which will each be occupied by nine satellites, and with three spares satellites distributed on the three orbital planes. At an altitude of 23,616 kilometers and an inclination of 56 degrees, the system will provide accurate positioning data to users as far north as 75 degrees longitude.

The satellites carry a navigation payload consisting of two rubidium and two hydrogen maser atomic clocks. The navigation signals are broadcast on L-band. An additional payload is the MEO SAR search and rescue transponder payload.

Alternate Names

  • 41860
  • Galileo16

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2016-11-17
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 733 kg

Funding Agency

  • European Space Agency (International)


  • Navigation/Global Positioning

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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