TAG: Galileo FOC

Galileo Satellites Topped off for Sept. 10 Launch

August 26, 2015By
Europe’s ninth and tenth Galileo satellites being fueled by technicians in protective SCAPE suits within the Guiana Space Centre’s 3SB preparation building on 24 August. This left them ready to be attached to their launcher upper stage in preparation for launch. (Photo:ESA)

UPDATED 08/28/15 with information from the European Space Agency. The two European Galileo navigation satellites for Arianespace’s next mission from French Guiana have been fueled at the Spaceport, readying them for integration with their Soyuz launcher. Galileo full operational capability (FOC) satellites 9 and 10 were “topped off” during activity this week at the Spaceport’s S3B payload preparation facility, further advancing preparations for the Sept. 10 mission —... read more

Four Galileo Satellites Now at ESTEC

June 10, 2015By
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News by the European Space Agency Europe’s latest Galileo was unboxed at ESA’s technical centre in the Netherlands in May, bringing the total number of satellites at the site to four. ESTEC in Noordwijk is the largest satellite test facility in Europe, with all the equipment needed to simulate every aspect of the launch and space environment under a single... read more

The System: SBAS Agree to Common Message

June 1, 2015By
current coverage (left) of WAAS, EGNOS and MSAS; 
long-term 2020–2025 (right) plan for dual-frequency, dual-GNSS WAAS-EGNOS-MSAS-SDCM-GAGAN.

Aircraft navigation and safety will benefit from enhanced, reliable satellite navigation signals on a seamless basis across much of the world in the 2020–2025 timeframe. read more

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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