Galileo location service to start next year - ESA

Monday 21 December 2015 | 10:12 CET | News
Europe’s Galileo GPS system has ten operational satellites out of the twelve in orbit, Galileo programme director Didier Faivre told La Tribune. 
ESA director general Jan Woerner announced that the location service would be able to start next year under its new configuration. Another fourteen satellites are currently in construction or will be so soon in the clean rooms of German company OHB-System, which is producing 22 satellites for the 30-satellite constellation. 

The EU will tender a contract for four or eight more satellites next year. A new ground station contract will also be signed next year. Eight satellites are scheduled to be launched on Ariane 5 rockets and two on Soyuz boosters in 2017 and 2018. 

Jean-Yves le Gall, who heads French space agency CNES, said “We are moving from an industrial challenge to a commercial challenge for the Galileo programme.” Galileo will interoperate with other GPS systems while offering a higher resolution of around 1 mt. The European Commission has a EUR 7 billion investment budget for Galileo in 2014-2020 and expects the service to generate EUR 90 billion of economic benefits over the next 20 years.

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