TAG: Galileo FOC

Both New Galileo Satellites Now Transmitting

May 21, 2015By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv   Signals from both Galileo satellites launched March 27 are now transmitting signals. Researchers at Université de Liège and at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, or DLR) reported on May 21 that the first of the full-operational-capability (FOC) satellites had begun transmitting standard L-band signals. The satellite, designated Galileo 8, is using... read more

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New Galileo Pair Head to Working Orbit

April 10, 2015By
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Europe’s two newest Galileo satellites — launched March 27 — have carried out maneuvers to take them down to their working positions in orbit. Both satellites are performing well. Galileo 7 and 8 were launched into a circular 23,522 km altitude orbit about 300 km above their final orbit. Using their onboard thrusters, the two Galileo satellites have performed all their Launch and... read more

Galileo’s Two Newest Birds Undergoing Initial Checks

March 30, 2015By

The two newest Galileo satellites — dubbed Adam and Anastasia — launched Friday are now being checked out by the European Space Agency (ESA) and France’s CNES space agency from the CNES Toulouse centre. Following these initial checks, the two satellites will be handed over to the Galileo Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, and the Galileo in-orbit testing facility in Redu,... read more

Two Galileo Satellites Launched for Europe’s Navigation Constellation

March 27, 2015By
Galileo 7 and 8 were launched into orbit on time today. (Screenshot of  ESA/Arianespace livestream feed.)

UPDATE: The two Galileo satellites are confirmed separated from their Soyuz Fregat upper stage into 22,522 altitude orbit right on schedule, according to ESA. Both are in their planned orbits. Two more Galileo satellites were successfully launched today from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. The seventh and eighth Galileo satellites were lifted aloft on time at 21:46:18 GMT (22:46:18 CET) atop a Soyuz ST-B rocket. The first three... read more

Galileo Satellites Enclosed for Friday’s Launch

March 25, 2015By
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Thousands of engineers have worked on the seventh and eighth navigation satellites of Europe’s Galileo constellation in recent years, but last Friday marked the very last time the spacecraft were glimpsed by human eyes. read more

Third, Fourth Galileo FOC Satellites Confirmed Fit for Soyuz Launch

February 17, 2015By
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The third and fourth Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites are a confirmed “fit” for their Arianespace Soyuz launch March 27, having made initial contact with the mission’s dual-payload dispenser in French Guiana, according to Arianespace. The fit check was completed over a two-day period inside the Spaceport’s S1A payload preparation building. The two satellites were installed separately, with the... read more

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The System: First Galileo FOC Satellite on the Air

January 1, 2015By

Will Be Employable for Surveying, Precise Positioning, and Geodesy By Peter Steigenberger and André Hauschild, German Aerospace Center (DLR) / German Space Operations Center The first Full Operational Capability (FOC) Galileo satellite started transmitting L-band navigation signals on November 29, 2014. Based on data collected by a global network of GNSS tracking stations of the Cooperative Network for GNSS Observation (CONGO) and... read more

The System: One Step Back, Three Steps Forward

September 1, 2014By
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Galileo IOV Bird Mute; New Draft ICD; CS Proved; Late August Launch Orbiting in silence since an onboard power mishap on May 27, troubled E20 emitted cheeps from space on August 6, 7,  and 8, broadcasting on the L1 frequency. Nothing has been heard since.  Meanwhile, the European Commission (EC) published a new draft version of the Galileo Open Service... read more

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