TAG: European Space Agency

When in Rome…Check Galileo’s Performance

February 20, 2015By
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The Thales Alenia Space plant in the eastern suburbs of Rome is home to a facility that provides a troubleshooting platform for the Galileo ground network and an assessment of the performance of the satnav constellation. read more

The System: ESA’s Second FOC Moves Up

February 1, 2015By
The fifth Galileo satellite is now pointing toward Earth.

By Tim Reynolds, GPS World European correspondent Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain of the European Space Agency (ESA) announced Jan. 16 that the second errant full-operational capability (FOC) satellite, launched in August, had started its orbital change maneuver the previous day. He anticipated that the orbital change would be completed and the final orbit — “albeit somewhat lower in height than the one... read more

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2, 4, 6, 8 — Who Do We Appreciate?

January 29, 2015By

Galileo, that’s who! For dogged determination and persistent pushing-forwardness in the face of adversity, obstacles, and the occasional technical difficulty. That there may be occasional confusion, as well, or mixed messages as to just what the future may bring, is certainly understandable. In fact, it is to be expected, given the circumstances. Let’s review the math. Two Two for the... read more

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Second Wayward Galileo FOC Moving Higher

January 20, 2015By
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At a press conference on Jan. 16, Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain of the European Space Agency (ESA)  announced that the second errant full-operational capability (FOC) satellite, launched in August, had started its orbital change maneuver the previous day. He anticipated that the orbital change would be completed and the final orbit — “albeit somewhat lower in height than the one... read more

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Six Galileo Satellites Planned for 2015 Launch

January 20, 2015By

Six Galileo satellites are scheduled to be launched this year, European Space Agency (ESA) Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain said on January 16. “The launch of six satellites is scheduled for 2015. The [European] Commission will determine the terms of the launches at the end of January,” Dordain said at a press briefing. The satellites will be put into orbit by Ariane... read more

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Galileo Service Interruption Planned for System Upgrade

January 19, 2015By
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Galileo’s navigation messages will shortly stop being updated to enable the migration of a new release for Galileo’s ground mission segment, announced the European Space Agency. Although the actual navigation signals will continue to be transmitted, the generation and uplink of the navigation message — which renews the contents of the signal — will be interrupted during the last week of January... 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

EGNOS Operations Introduced in Mediterranean Region: MEDUSA

December 22, 2014By
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A live demonstration of an aviation application in Tunisia helps the local aviation community validate the use of EGNOS to guide airplanes during landing operations. This activity constitutes the first complete experience of EGNOS Safety of Life service for aviation approaches outside of Europe. read more