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Galileo Deployment Phase Overview

August 19, 2014By
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This video by the European Space Agency recalls the success of Galileo’s in-orbit validation phase and explains what will be the mission of the fifth and sixth Galileo satellites, set to launch August 21. Included is an interview with Sylvain Loddo, Galileo ground segment manager. The launch itself can be watched live here. View the video below. read more

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Galileo Towards the Future

August 15, 2014By

The special significance of next Thursday’s launch for the Galileo system as a whole is highlighted in a new video by the European Space Agency, with an interview with Didier Faivre, Galileo Program director. On August 21, ESA will launch two more Galileo satellites on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The satellites mark the beginning of a new... read more

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Galileo Open Service ICD Released, Comments Sought

August 14, 2014By

A new draft version of the Galileo Open Service Signal in Space Interface Control Document (OS SIS ICD), issue 1, revision 2, was published by the European Commission (EC) on June 30, and is available for download. The European Commission has launched an open public consultation process in order to improve and consolidate the current draft document and to ensure that any further... read more

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Two More Galileo Satellites Scheduled for August 21 Launch

August 14, 2014By
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UDPATE: After a one-day postponement, The fifth and sixth Galileo satellites were successfully launched and deployed. UPDATE: Arianespace has decided to postpone the launch of Soyuz flight VS09 carrying Europe’s fifth and sixth Galileo satellites, because of unfavorable weather conditions over the Guiana Space Centre. Another launch date will be decided depending on the evolution of the weather conditions in... read more

Galileo’s Troubled E20 Satellite Is Alive

August 7, 2014By

The troubled Galileo E20 satellite restarted E1 signal transmission Wednesday evening, August 6. Galileo E20, also known as GSAT0104, the fourth in-orbit validation (IOV) satellite, has been set “unavailable until further notice” according to the European GNSS Service Centre because of a sudden, unexpected loss of power on May 27. Based on a selected set of IGS MGEX stations and all CONGO stations, the... read more

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First Galileo Commercial Service Demonstration with Encrypted Signals

July 29, 2014By

Galileo’s Early Proof of Concept (EPOC) team has successfully tracked the encrypted Galileo E6-B and E6-C signals broadcast by Galileo satellites. As a result, the Commercial Service loop has been closed using both encrypted and non-encrypted signals, GSA said. During a 10-day testing period, receivers in Tres Cantos, Spain and Poing, Germany, showed the successful tracking and data demodulation of... read more

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Power Loss Created Trouble Aboard Galileo Satellite

July 8, 2014By and
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In an update to our July 2 story (recapped below), correspondent Peter de Selding wrote in Space News on July 3 that the trouble aboard the fourth in-orbit (IOV) Galileo satellite arose from a sudden, unexpected loss of power. The power outage flashed on May 27, shutting down the satellite’s E1 signal. The signal “re-established itself almost immediately. But as... read more

Galileo Masters Deadline Extended to July 7

July 1, 2014By
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The Galileo Masters competition deadline has been extended a week, until July 7. The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is looking for services, products, and business innovations that use satellite navigation in everyday life. “The ESNC submission database was originally scheduled to close this Monday at midnight (CET). As the ESNC has met with considerable interest and plenty of new registrations... read more

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