EU finally managed blast of a couple of Galileo satellites into orbit on Friday from the French Guiana. These left Earth’s gravitational field on top of a Soyuz rocket and they will be followed by two more next year. 30 satellites will be deployed in total and the expected date of operation for the Galileo satellite positioning system is 2014. The project had some funding problems along the way but the economic impact should be 90 billions Euros for the next 20 years.
Galileo has the most accurate atomic clock on board that is good for one second in three million years.