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Jun 2009 | Comments Off on NEWSBRIEFS – UPDATE


GIoVe-B marks its first year in orbit

The GIOVE-B navigation satellite has successfully completed its first year in orbit. The 500 kg satellite, which was built by an industrial team led by Astrium under contract to the European Space Agency, is the second of two in-orbit demonstration missions for Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system. Dr. Reinhold Lutz, Director of Navigation, Astrium said: “The success of GIOVE-B proves Astrium’s expertise in developing complex navigation satellites. This mission has enabled engineers to carry out the necessary in-orbit tests of the new technologies required for Galileo and lead the way for a navigation system that is vital to both Europe’s economic and technological future.”

OREGIN, Galileo services join forces

Galileo Services and OREGIN – the two most active organizations representing companies in the GNSS industry, particularly Europe’s Galileo program – have decided to join forces. According to a statement of officials representing the two groups, the union will uniquely combine the innovation, flexibility, and responsiveness of the smallest enterprises with the strength, stability and reliability of the biggest industries. It will cover all the segments of the value chain and cover all application domains. France Developpement Conseil (FDC) is a founding member of both and serves as coordinator of OREGIN. Gard Ueland, president of Kongsberg Seatex and serves as the chairman of Galileo Services.

Galileo Masters launched!

The 2009 European Satellite Navigation Competition has been launched in the UK. Also known as The Galileo Masters competition, this is the chance to kickstart innovative business solutions using satellite navigation, location or timing. As well as the first prize of EUR20,000 and help with business development, there are various special topic prizes from the likes of T-Systems, Navteq, ESA etc. Over the last 4 years, 296 ideas have been submitted from the UK; and last year’s overall winners (Sci-Tech Systems) are from the UK and are well on the way to commercialising their maritime rescue system. As well as the material benefit from winning, entrants gain significant exposure to investors, potential partners and the press. Entries open on 1st May 2009 and close on 31st July 2009.

Us trade Rep seek public comment on access to Galileo Markets

Prompted by a congressional footnote in the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act signed into law last month, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) is soliciting public comment on American industry’s access to the Galileo program and related markets. A notice published in the April 15 issue of the Federal Register invites comments on six questions regarding US equipment manufacturers’ ability to participate in Europe’s GNSS program. The three specific sections – Articles 5, 6, and 8 – of the 2004 Agreement on the Promotion, Provision and Use of Galileo and GPS Satellite-Based Navigation Systems and Related Applications between the European Community (EC) and the United States.

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