In the first of two launches today Arianespace successfully delivered four Galileo satellites to add to the constellation already orbiting the Earth.
There were a lot of lasts for this mission as shown below
Many Lasts for this launch #VA244:
1. Last Ariane 5 ES model
2. Last Medium fairing
3. Last EPS upper stage
4. Last launch without the use of the cryo arms from #ELA3 #ZL3
5. Last Ariane 5 launch with #Galileo
6. Last time we will launch 4x Galileo S/C in one launch #ESA pic.twitter.com/k0vZ5inMhH
— DutchSpace (@DutchSpace) July 24, 2018
With this launch the initial phase of the Galileo constellation is complete. Future launches will be performed on the Ariane 6 which is due to start flying in 2020.