TAG: ESTEC

Four Galileo Satellites Now at ESTEC

June 10, 2015By
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News by the European Space Agency Europe’s latest Galileo was unboxed at ESA’s technical centre in the Netherlands in May, bringing the total number of satellites at the site to four. ESTEC in Noordwijk is the largest satellite test facility in Europe, with all the equipment needed to simulate every aspect of the launch and space environment under a single... read more

Satnav Augmentation Systems Settle on Common Channels Post-2020

May 7, 2015By
The ESTEC facility in Noordjvik, The Netherlands.

The 28th Satellite-based Augmentation Systems Interoperability Working Group endorsed the "message definition" for a new secondary SBAS channel — to be known as L5, along with the current L1 — for the planned second-generation SBAS systems, which will utilize dual-frequency multi-constellation signals. read more

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Four Galileo Satellites Now at ESTEC, Production Continues

January 2, 2015By
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The latest Galileo satellite has arrived at ESTEC and is undergoing a full checkout to prove its readiness for space. The satellite was carried by lorry from its manufacturer in Germany, cocooned within an environmentally controlled container. It arrived inside ESTEC's cleanroom environment on Dec. 18. read more

Salvaged Galileo Performs Its First Navigation Fix

December 17, 2014By
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Galileo's fifth satellite — recently salvaged from the wrong orbit to begin navigation testing — has been combined with three predecessors to provide its very first position fix. read more

Galileo Satellites Put to the Test

November 11, 2013By
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Europe’s next pair of Galileo satellites have been the focus of a busy autumn at the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) technical centre in the Netherlands, continuing a full-scale campaign to ensure their readiness for space. With the first four Galileos already in orbit, these new versions are the first two of a total 22 Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites being... read more