Galileo: October Take off for EU Satellites
operational satellites of the EU’s global navigation satellite system will
take place on 20th October, the European Commission announced today. This is
just the first of a series of launches due to take off from
Port in Kourou,
altitude of 23.600km will lead to the provision of initial satellite
navigation services in 2014. Successive launches will complete the
constellation by 2019.
and Entrepreneurship, said: “This launch is of historical importance.
is demonstrating that it has the capability to be at the forefront of
technological innovation. Thousands of SMEs and innovators across
be able to spot business opportunities and to create and develop their
products based on the future Galileo infrastructure. Citizen will benefits
from its services. Galileo is value for money and I count on Members States’
cooperation to find a solution for its financing.”
The Galileo programme is the EU’s initiative for a state-of-the-art
global satellite navigation system, providing a highly accurate, guaranteed
global positioning service under civilian control. The decision to fix the
date of the first launch follows a detailed assessment review under the
chairmanship of the European Space Agency. It concluded that the space and
ground segment components as well as operational preparedness are progressing
according to schedule.
Galileo will underpin many sectors of the European economy through its
services: electricity grids, fleet management companies, financial
transactions, shipping industry, rescue operations, peace-keeping missions,
all depend heavily on satellite navigation technology.
In addition, Galileo will make
becoming critical, including for strategic areas such as electricity
distribution and telecommunication networks. Galileo is expected to deliver
additional revenues for the industry and in terms of public and social
benefits, not counting the benefit of independence.
Galileo will provide three early services in 2014/2015 based on an
initial constellation of 18 satellites: an initial Open Service, an initial
Public Regulated Service (
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The Full Operational Capability phase of the Galileo programme is managed
and fully funded by the European Union. The Commission and ESA have signed a
delegation agreement by which ESA acts as design and procurement agent on
behalf of the Commission.
EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) is
regional augmentation system for GPS signals. It is the precursor to Galileo.
The EGNOS open service is operational since
recently launched the EGNOS “Safety-of-Life” service for aviation See
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SOURCE European Commission