TAG: European Space Agency

EGNOS Operations Introduced in Mediterranean Region: MEDUSA

December 22, 2014By

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

An Early Gift from — and for — Galileo

December 19, 2014By

They said it wasn’t possible — well to be frank, I said it wasn’t possible – but one of the two “misplaced” Galileo satellites, plucky Doresa, has delivered an early Christmas present to the European GNSS community by providing a first fix on Tuesday, December 9. The signal was received at the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) technical centre in Noordwijk,... read more

Salvaged Galileo Performs Its First Navigation Fix

December 17, 2014By

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

GSA Kicks Off EGNOS GEO Transponder Service Contracts

December 15, 2014By

On November 25, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) kicked off the contracts for two new EGNOS GEO transponder services provided by SES. The kick-off was done with the support of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the EGNOS service provider ESSP. Initially awarded and signed by the European Commission, in line with a new delegation agreement  between the commission and... read more

Galileo Satellite Recovered, Transmitting Navigation Signals

December 3, 2014By

Europe’s fifth Galileo satellite, one of two delivered into a wrong orbit by VS09 Soyuz-Fregat launcher in August, transmitted its first navigation signal in space on Saturday, November 29. It has reached its new target orbit and its navigation payload has been successfully switched on. read more

Directions 2015: Galileo Looks Ahead to Early Services

December 1, 2014By

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) hosted the ninth meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) in November at its headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic. The event is an opportunity for GNSS providers to present the status and future plans for their systems, and an opportunity for ICG members, associate members, and observers to provide updates on... read more

Galileo Team Raced to Respond Following FOC Launch

October 17, 2014By

On September 27, the first two Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites were handed over from the European Space Agency’s Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, to the Galileo Control Centre, Oberpfaffenhofen, which will care for them pending a final decision on their use. The satellites, launched on August 22, are in excellent health and working normally. However, a launcher problem left... read more

Galileo Service Provision Delegated to the European GNSS Agency

October 10, 2014By

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Commission have concluded an agreement that delegates a range of exploitation tasks for Galileo to the GSA, providing a framework and budget for the development of services and operations through 2021. The signing of the Galileo Exploitation Delegation Agreement serves as an initial step towards the full Galileo Exploitation Phase. According to the... read more