TAG: ESA

Directions 2017: The year of Galileo

December 9, 2016By
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I write at an especially exciting moment for the Galileo satellite navigation system, as two flagship European programmes combine for the very first time. Mid-November will see the very first Galileo launch using an Ariane 5 launcher from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, in place of the Soyuz that has served the constellation up until now. Four instead of two... read more

EGNOS awarded by aerospace academy

December 5, 2016By
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News from the European Space Agency The multi-agency team behind the ESA-designed EGNOS augmentation system — making it possible for European aircraft to safely rely on satnav signals — has received a prestigious award from France’s national aerospace academy. As our region’s own satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS), the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) improves the precision of GPS signals over... read more

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Europe EGNOS technology sold to South Korea

November 30, 2016By
EGNOS is Europe’s first venture into satellite navigation. EGNOS broadcasts augmented information through a trio of geostationary satellites linked to a network of monitoring ground stations, to sharpen the accuracy and reliability of GPS signals across the continent.

News from the European Space Agency Technology developed as part of Europe’s satellite navigation-augmenting EGNOS system has been sold to South Korea to serve its national equivalent system. Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with South Korea’s space agency, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, to supply ground infrastructure for the Korea Augmentation Satellite System (KASS) on behalf of the... read more

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Arianespace ready to roll out 4-satellite launcher for Galileo

November 14, 2016By
The protective fairing is lowered onto the four Galileo satellites and their dispenser resting atop an Ariane 5 launcher. The fairing was placed on Nov. 3. (Photo: ESA)

Arianespace has entered the final phase of preparations for its next Ariane 5 launch — the company’s first heavy-lift mission to orbit satellites for Europe’s Galileo navigation constellation. During activity in the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building, Arianespace “topped off” the Ariane 5 launcher with installation of the payload fairing over the four Galileo spacecraft and their payload dispenser. With Ariane 5... read more

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Rocket readied for 4 at once for Galileo

October 3, 2016By

The first rocket to loft four global positioning satellites at once has begun its build-up at the European Space Agency’s Spaceport in French Guiana.  The milestone mission, scheduled for Nov. 17, will carry four Galileo satellites into orbit. This launcher  began the integration process with the cryogenic core stage’s positioning over a mobile launch pad, followed by integration of the... read more

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Demonstration tests positioning in the far north

June 23, 2016By
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A sea-based test is demonstrating the potential of extending satnav augmentation coverage into north polar regions, offering a safety-of-life standard of navigation performance to users including shipping or aircraft in flight. read more

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Galileo 13 and 14 satellites ready for Tuesday launch

May 23, 2016By
Europe's 13th and 14th Galileo satellites being encapsulated inside their launcher fairing. (Photo: ESA)

Galileos 13 and 14 are scheduled to lift off at 08:48:43 GMT (05:48:43 local time, 10:48:43 CEST) on May 24 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana atop a Soyuz launcher. The first three stages of the Soyuz rocket take the Galileo satellites and their Fregat upper stage into low orbit nine minutes after liftoff. Then the reignitable Fregat, as much... read more

Galileo satellites 13 and 14 prepare for launch

May 18, 2016By

Another pair of Galileo navigation satellites is scheduled for launch by a Soyuz rocket on May 24 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, bringing the Galileo system a step closer to operational use. This video gives an overview of Galileo and shows Galileo 13 and 14 in preparation in Kourou. It includes an interview with Paul Verhoef, ESA director of... read more