Latest GIOVE Mission Stories
The next two Galileo satellites are now in place at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, being prepared for their shared launch this autumn.
The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Tuesday that it has retired its GIOVE-B experimental navigation satellite.
British satellite manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) on Thursday celebrated the sixth year of transmission of signals from its GIOVE-A satellite
The European Space Agency (ESA) and Paris, France-based launch company Arianespace announced on Monday that they had signed a contract for the launch of four testbed satellites in Europe's Galileo satellite-navigation system.
A surge of space radiation recently shook the Giove-B satellite and forced it into â€œsafe modeâ€ for two weeks.
Following a successful launch on 27 April, GIOVE-B began transmitting navigation signals today. This is a truly historic step for satellite navigation since GIOVE-B is now, for the first time, transmitting the GPS-Galileo common signal using a specific optimized waveform, MBOC (multiplexed binary offset carrier), in accordance with the agreement drawn up in July 2007 by the EU and the US for their respective systems, Galileo and the future GPS III.
After its successful launch by a Soyuz Rocket from Baikonur on 27 April and accurate insertion into its target orbit by the Fregat autonomous upper stage, GIOVE-B is now completing its Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP), which will shortly give way to the platform commissioning phase.
Earlier this week, GIOVE-A successfully transmitted its first navigation message, containing the information needed by user receivers to calculate their position.
Fourteen laser ranging stations participated in a campaign to track ESAâ€™s GIOVE-A satellite during the spring and summer of 2006, providing invaluable data for the characterisation of the satelliteâ€™s on-board clock.
The European Union launched its first Galileo navigation satellite on Wednesday, moving to challenge the United States' Global Positioning System (GPS).
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