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Russia's Lavochkin confirms Galileo deployment error

Russia's Lavochkin aerospace company confirmed on Saturday there were errors in the deployment of European Galileo satellites by its Fregat-MT booster.

"There were orbiting errors," the company said, following reports that the satellites had deviated from the target orbit.

Russia's Soyuz rocket with a Fregat-MT upper stage and two Galileo navigation system satellites blasted off from Kourou, French Guiana, on Friday.

[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 23Aug14]

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