Orbital constellation of the Galileo system has risen to 26 satellites

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The orbital group of satellites of the European navigation system Galileo has grown to 26 vehicles after the launch on Wednesday of four more satellites, said on Wednesday the European Commission.

The launch of the satellites on the launch vehicle Ariane 5 took place on Wednesday from Kourou in French Guiana.

«Global navigation satellite system of the EU, composed of 26 satellites will provide more accurate signals for a range of services,» said EK.

To complete the formation of the orbital group in the amount of 30 vehicles is scheduled in 2020. After the program launches, the EU expects Galileo «will be the most accurate satellite navigation system in the world.»

In the next long-term EU budget for 2021-2027 years, the EC proposes to merge all existing and new types of space activities in the framework of a single EU programme a total budget of 16 billion euros.