Call for Media: Galileo 19-22 ready for launch

The next four Galileo satellites are scheduled for launch on 12 December at 18:36 GMT (19:36 CET, 15:36 local time) from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana atop an Ariane 5 rocket.

This launch will bring the total Galileo constellation to 22, boosting the global availability of navigation signals. Galileo began initial services on 15 December 2016, the first step towards full operations.

Media are invited to take part in an audio briefing on 11 December at 16:30 GMT (17:30 CET) to learn the latest on the status of the system. Journalists interested in joining the briefing should request access information via email to ESA’s Media Relations Office at: by 08 December at the latest.

Covering the launch
In cooperation with Arianespace, ESA TV provides broadcasters with free live videostream of the launch. More information at:

ESA’s Portal will cover the launch live on, providing the web stream and updates of the launch.

The latest high-resolution images can be found at:
ESA’s Multimedia Gallery:
ESA’s Photo Library for Professionals:
Media image queries can be directed to

Social media:
Twitter: @ESA and @GalileoGNSS (hashtag #Galileo)

In addition, there will be updates on:
Facebook: and



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