TAG: Full Operational Capability (FOC)

Arianespace, ESA Sign Contract for New Galileo Launches

August 22, 2014By
The contract for Arianespace’s three Ariane 5 launches to orbit a total of 12 Galileo FOC satellites was signed at the Guiana Space Center by Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël (seated, at left) and Didier Faivre, ESA director of the Galileo Program and Navigation-related Activities. Joining them were ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and Daniel Calleja Crespo, director general for Enterprise and Industry, European Commission.

Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA), acting on behalf of the European Commission, have signed a contract for three launch services with Ariane 5 ES to step up deployment of Galileo satellites. With this new launch contract and thanks to the performance of Ariane 5 ES, a total of 12 Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites will be launched... read more

ESA Discusses Galileo Satellite Power Loss, Upcoming Launch

August 20, 2014By

During the European Space Agency (ESA) audio press conference held Wednesday morning in advance of Thursday’s launch of two Galileo satellites, there was extended discussion on the problem with the fourth in-orbit validation or IOV satellite (FM4 or GSAT0104 with PRN code E20). The satellite suffered a power anomaly on May 27 as previously reported by GPS World. The root... read more

Galileo Satellites Encapsulated for Launch

August 19, 2014By
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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

Two More Galileo Satellites Scheduled for August 21 Launch

August 14, 2014By
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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, because of unfavorable weather conditions over the Guiana Space Centre. Another launch date will be decided depending on the evolution of the weather conditions in... 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

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