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NEWSBRIEFS – Galileo Update

Jul 2009 | Comments Off on NEWSBRIEFS – Galileo Update


Galileo IOV launch services contract signed

ESA and Arianespace signed a contract for the launch of the fi rst four operational Galileo satellites on two Soyuz launch vehicles from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. ESA’s Director of the Galileo Programme and Navigation-related Activities, Mr René Oosterlinck, and the Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, Mr Jean-Yves Le Gall, signed the launch services contract in the presence of Mr Paul Verhoef, Programme Manager of EU Satellite Navigation Programmes at the European Commission. The Galileo In- Orbit Validation (IOV) Launch Services Contract covers the launch of the fi rst four operational Galileo satellites using two Soyuz launch vehicles that will lift off from the Guiana Space Centre (Centre Spatial Guyanais – CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Following the successful launch of the GIOVE-A and GIOVE-B satellites, the signature of the IOV Launch Services Contract marks an important milestone for the Galileo programme as it progresses towards the operational deployment of the satellites of the Galileo satellite navigation system. The four IOV satellites will be placed in a circular orbit at an altitude of 23 600 km by the end of 2010.

ESA and OHB/SSTL sign contract

The European space agency ESA and the bidder consortium led by OHB-System AG and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) have signed a contract for sourcing long-lead items for satellites for the future European Galileo navigation system. The EUR 10 million contract is carried out under a program initiated and funded by the European Union. Through this contract, OHB and SSTL are able to place orders for satellite technologies which require considerable lead times for development and sourcing ahead of the award of the actual contract for the construction of the satellites. The Galileo System customers, the European Union and the ESA, are thus ensuring that the schedule for implementation of Galileo can be maintained. OHB and SSTL are one of two consortia bidding for the development and construction of 28 satellites for Galileo. By allowing dual sourcing for the spacecrafts for this signifi cant undertaking, ESA is ensuring that the full operational capability can be put in place as soon as possible and at best value to the EU.

EC seeking support for Galileo standardisation

The EC’s DG for Energy and Transport has launched a call for tenders for supporting EGNOS and Galileo standardisation. The aim is to carry on the standardisation process for the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) and Galileo in key application areas. It is expected to cover specifi c aspects of: 1. Aviation (SBAS L5) 2. Location-based service (LBS) communities (terrestrial trunked radio (TETRA) 3. Worldwide interoperability for microwave access (WIMAX) 4. Digital video broadcasting (DVB) Successful tenderers will also be required to make relevant progress in the rail, road and multimodal transport domains.

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