Galileo Satellite Platform tests under way
The engineering model of the first Galileo satellites has completed platform integration tests at the Thales Alenia Space facility in Rome, reports ESA. The platform is now undergoing functional testing. Delivery of the engineering model payload from Astrium UK is expected this month. These tests are an important step towards building and launching the first four Galileo satellites. Integration testing verifies the interfaces between units or subsystems and the larger integrated system, ESA said. Functional testing demonstrates that the integrated elements meet their design specifications.
Four IOV Satellites planned
The Galileo In-Orbit Validation (IOV) phase will validate the system design using a reduced constellation of four satellites – the minimum required to provide exact positioning and timing at the test locations – along with a small number of ground stations. The proto-flight and three flight model satellites will also be integrated and tested at Thales Alenia Space in Rome. They will be carried into orbit in pairs by Soyuz ST-B / Fregat MT launchers from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. The first launch is scheduled for late 2010 and the second for early in 2011.
Galileo Application Days supported by ESA
The European Space Agency’s Technology Transfer Programme Office (TPP) will be the official partner of the first Galileo Application Days which will be held from 3 to 5 March 2010 in Brussels. The event aims at promoting added value of the European GNSS programmes and fostering collaboration especially between SMEs and larger enterprises. The event’s unique ‘Application Village’ will showcase innovations in an outdoor theatre consisting of different settings, such as the countryside, the city, the harbour or the playground. The Application Village will be the venue for a wide range of cutting-edge GNSS application and services demonstrations throughout the three days of the event.
Source: European Space Agency
Spain demonstrates the success of Galileo Applications in emergency situations
GMV has taken an active part in Spain’s demonstration of the European MAGES project (Mature Applications of Galileo for Emergency Services). MAGES is a European Commission FP7 project driven by a partnership of research institutes and companies from nine European countries with a wealth of experience between them in emergency management and GNSS technology. The aim of MAGES is to analyze the use of Galileo for emergency situations and response; its activities include a series of demonstrations in diverse emergency scenarios. GMV, with its proven track record in satellite navigation applications, fleet management and emergency response systems, is bringing this experience to bear on three fronts, firstly in the Galileo added-value study for emergency services, secondly the study of new applications that will be made possible by breakthroughs in European navigation systems and thirdly the definition of technology demonstration scenarios.