TAG: European Space Agency

Galileo Satellites Encapsulated for Launch

August 19, 2014By

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. This is due to unfavorable weather conditions over the Guiana Space Centre. Another launch date will be decided depending on the evolution of the weather conditions... read more

Europe Weighs Mandate of Galileo Chips in Mobile Phones

June 30, 2014By

The European Commission is considering a requirement for mobile phones, and perhaps other portable devices such as tablets, to be equipped with Galileo receivers that would automatically send location data as part of any emergency call to 112. E112 is a location-enhanced version of the 112 universal European emergency services number via telephone, equivalent to 911 in the United States, in which the... read more

ESA Recognizes First Galileo Navigation Fixes

June 23, 2014By
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Billions of satnav position fixes are performed daily, but determining your place in the world using Europe’s Galileo system is quite new. Because of this, in March the European Space Agency (ESA) offered to issue certificates for the first 50 Galileo fixes. Responses to the offer came from around the world. While half the applications came from Galileo’s home continent,... read more

Next Galileo Satellites Arrive in French Guiana

May 12, 2014By
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The first two Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites arrived safely at a clean room in Kourou, French Guiana, at 20:00 on Wednesday, May 7, in preparation for launch this summer. Named “Doresa” and “Milena,” the two Galileo FOC satellites arrived at the Félix Éboué international airport in French Guiana at 02:00 local time. They spent the day in an... read more

Galileo Maritime Tests Followed Route of Viking Ships

April 24, 2014By
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Results are being processed from the first Galileo maritime trials outside of mainland Europe. The long-range, high-latitude testing spanned the North Sea, following the same historical sailing route that Viking dragon-ships used 1200 years ago. Ancient manuscripts record Viking navigators relied on “sunstones” to find their way — archaeologists believe these may have been polarizing crystals to pinpoint the Sun... read more

GNSS Future Glimpsed at Summit in Munich

March 31, 2014By

The Munich Satellite Navigation Summit annually gathers people involved with GNSS from around the world to report on current status and progress of the multiple systems. It is a high-level briefing of significant global importance. Of course Europe, Germany, Bavaria, and the European GNSS industry, now recognized around the world, all take the opportunity to present their capabilities and successes.... read more

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EGNOS, European Superiority, and the Need to Get ‘Very, Very Busy’

March 31, 2014By

The European GNSS scene received an early Easter present with the successful launch of two new-generation transponders for the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS). The two geostationary transponders, GEO-2, rose on board the SES ASTRA 5B satellite from the European Space Port in Kourou, French Guiana, on March 22 via an Ariane 5 lifter. The... read more

Squeeze at the Launchpad for Galileo

March 31, 2014By

With the first two full-operational-capability (FOC) Galileo satellites successfully through their thermal-vacuum tests, the program’s next hurdle is securing a firm launch date in June aboard a Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket, operated from Europe’s spaceport on the northeast coast of South America. It will not be a walk in the park. Competing with the two Galileo FOC satellites for the... read more