PARIS – A design flaw in the thermal system of the Soyuz Fregat upper stage left Europe’s first two fully operational Galileo navigation, positioning and timing satellites in the wrong orbit, according to the findings of an independent investigation into the August launch mishap. In a statement issued Oct. 8, the inquiry board attributed the failure to "a shortcoming in the system thermal analysis performed during stage design, and not an operator error during stage ...

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