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Follow the GovSat satellite launch live

1 by BT 31.01.2018 From our online archive
First satellite of Luxembourg's GovSat to be launched tonight
Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel, Princess Stéphanie, Crown Prince Guillaume and deputy prime minister Etienne Schneider (left to right, LW)

GovSat's first satellite is set to be launched from the Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Wednesday, 31 January, at 4:25 pm Florida time (22:25 pm CET).

The launch, planned for 30 January, was pushed back by one day due to technical problems with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. 

You can follow the launch of the rocket live here, as SpaceX has set up a live video feed of the action.

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The satellite will deploy approximately 30 minutes after launch, according to SpaceX. 

The GovSat-1 satellite, designed to operate for 15 years, will help the Luxembourg government meet its defence objectives.

It will also allow Luxembourg to participate in defence efforts as a member of NATO, the European Union and the European Space Agency.

GovSat is a joint venture between the Luxembourg government and Luxembourg-based global satellite operator SES.