TAG: Paul Verhoef

Contract signed with OHB, SSTL for eight more Galileo satellites

June 24, 2017By

UK’s SSTL to build third batch of Galileo navigation payloads News from the European Space Agency Europe’s Galileo navigation constellation will gain an additional eight satellites, bringing it to completion, thanks to a contract signed at the Paris Air and Space Show. The contract to build and test another eight Galileo satellites was awarded to a consortium led by prime... read more

Thales signs contract to upgrade Europe’s EGNOS

June 9, 2017By

The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a contract with Thales Alenia Space for an upgrade to Europe’s EGNOS satellite navigation augmentation system, which underpins the safety-critical use of satnav across Europe, according to ESA. Designed by ESA and being exploited by Europe’s GNSS Agency (GSA), the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) improves the precision of GPS signals over... read more

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Directions 2017: The year of Galileo

December 9, 2016By

I write at an especially exciting moment for the Galileo satellite navigation system, as two flagship European programmes combine for the very first time. Mid-November will see the very first Galileo launch using an Ariane 5 launcher from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, in place of the Soyuz that has served the constellation up until now. Four instead of two... read more

The launch of 4 and declaration of Galileo operations

November 30, 2016By

“Now that we can rely on the powerful Ariane 5, we can anticipate the quicker completion of Galileo deployment, permitting the system to enter full operation,” said Paul Verhoef, ESA’s Director for the Galileo Programme and Navigation-related Activities, following the successful launch Nov. 17 of four satellites at once. Verhoef made the following further remarks to GPS World regarding Galileo’s future. The... read more

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Verhoef named Galileo director by ESA Council

November 23, 2015By

The European Space Agency (ESA) has named Paul Verhoef its new Director of Galileo Programme and Navigation-Related Activities. Verhoef, former coordinator for Galileo activities with the European Commission, was named as one member of a new senior leadership team after a special meeting of the ESA Council in Paris on Nov. 21. At the weekend meeting, the agency selected several new managers for... read more

Galileo from the Top: Interview with the EC’s Paul Verhoef

November 20, 2010By

Paul Verhoef, the European Commission’s program manager for European Union (EU) satellite navigation programs — namely Galileo — discussed current issues at some length with GPS World, in a conversation on November 10. He addressed aspects of interoperability with GPS and prospects for further development in that area, the need for an ongoing political commitment by the EU to Galileo, the challenges of financing, the prospects for an 18-satellite constellation (which he dismisses as unrealistic), military considerations for both Galileo and GPS, and the recent uncertainty around Galileo’s Public Regulated Service. read more

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The System: Vistas from the Summit

April 1, 2010By

“This is an event where one gets one’s goals for the next year.” Paul Verhoef, program director for satellite navigation programs of the European Commission, may have exaggerated for effect, and for the benefit of his audience and hosts at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit in March. But not by much. The conference, now in its eighth year, has assumed... read more

Expert Advice: Turning from Challenge to GNSS Opportunity

October 1, 2008By

After a brief Galileo snapshot of current status, I will proceed as requested with predictions of life in a multiple-GNSS world. We have secured an additional budget of 3.4billion euros, mainly for developing and launching the Galileo constellation, with the key objective of a full operational capability in 2013. read more

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