Galileo FOC1 has a New Definite Launch Slot

End of last month GPS world reported of some launch line-up in Kourou. The pushing for the June launch slot was apparently won by O3b. Currently they are listed for a June launch on Soyuz and Galileo FOC1 satellites are listed for August 22.

In the GPS world article was mused whether commercial business with strong lobbying could win. According to Ariane Space are the O3b satellites earlier in Kourou for launch preparations than FOC1 satellites. The arrival sequence in Kourou was cited by GPS world as the decision criteria for the launching sequence. O3b satellites are already in Guiana while the two FOC1 Galileo satellites will be shipped begin of May from ESA test center.

(Sources: GPSworld squeeze-at-the-launchpad-for-galileoSPACEFLIGHT NOW up-coming launchesSPACEFLIGHT NOW O3b satellites)