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AKA: GSTB. Status: Operational 2005. First Launch: 2005-12-28. Last Launch: 2008-04-26. Number: 2 .
|GIOVE A, A2 (GSTB v2A) Null|
|Eutelsat-Quantum Communication satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space (prime); SSTL (bus) for Eutelsat, ESA. Used the GMP-TL bus.|
|Giove European Galileo Navsat navigation system test satellite series. Used the SSTL-900 satellite bus, unlike the production satellites.|
Delayed from September, October, December 26. Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element, a prototype for the Galileo European navigation satellite network. Giove carried carried two rubidium atomic clocks and a large L-band phased array antenna. Retired in 2012 as the production models went on-line.
Second European Galileo navigation system test satellite. The booster placed the Giove/Fregat stack on a suborbital trajectory. The Fregat stage then burned to enter a a 170 km parking orbit. The stage burned at least twice more before releasing the satellite into its operational orbit. Retired in 2012 as the production models went on-line.