Positive Signals For Galileo

The in-orbit validation programme for Galileo, Europe's global satellite navigation system, is celebrating three years since the first signal was broadcast by the GIOVE-A satellite. The programme has been gathering momentum since the launch of the GIOVE-A satellite and its success in securing the critical Galileo frequency filing with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) before the filing expired in June 2006.   Originally designed for a 27 month mission, the satellite has already been operating for more than 3 years. During this period, as well as securing the ITU filing, GIOVE-A has successfully shown that Galileo is technically feasible by... (read more)
2009-01-16 12:04:06

Galileo Funding Agreement Reached

At a budgetary conciliation meeting on 23rd November 2007 the European Parliament and Council reached agreement on funding for the Galileo project. It was agreed that Galileo will be funded entirely by the Community. The amount needed by 2013 (a shortfall of €2.4bn) will be found mainly from the revision of the Financial Perspective (€1.6bn of "new" money taken from agricultural expenditure not used in 2007). The rest will come from the redeployment of funds intended for a few programmes that do not come under co-decision (€200 million), the "re-pioritisation" (change in the order of priorities to be funded: €400... (read more)
2007-11-27 11:21:24

Onboard Galileo Atomic Clocks

Current Status and Performance
The European Commission and the European Space Agency have approved the Galileo GNSS programme. Two experimental satellites will be launched in late 2005 or early 2006. Atomic clocks are critical for satellite navigation. After more than ten years of development and an overall budget of € 30M, two onboard clock technologies have been qualified. The author considers their current status and performance. Galileo is a joint initiative of the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) for building a state-of-the-art global navigation satellite system (GNSS). Galileo will provide a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control and... (read more)
2005-11-28 12:00:00

JAVAD GNSS Tracks Galileo

JAVAD GNSS receivers successfully tracked all Galileo satellites from Spirent simulator and produced Galileo-only and triple satellite (Gps+Glonass+Galileo) positions. Up to 27 satellites were traked simultaneously.     The experiments were performed jointly by Spirent and JAVAD GNSS. (read more)
2009-08-21 04:11:00

Galileo Services Goes International

Galileo Services has expanded its association with new members from non-European countries. Canadian NovAtel, US-based JAVAD GNSS, dmedia System from Taiwan and SEIKO EPSON from Japan are now members of the non-profit association, which objective is to foster development of technologies and pilot value-added services and applications for the future use of Galileo. “Galileo is a global system and it is therefore important to be able to have a global view also when it comes to downstream applications and services” stated Mr. Gard Ueland, president of Kongsberg Seatex and chairman of Galileo Services. “That motivated our decision last year to... (read more)
2007-02-13 09:50:58

Ukraine in on Galileo

The European Commission has received the go-ahead to open negotiations with Ukraine on a 'co-operation agreement' relating to the development of Galileo, Europe's satellite navigation system. The agreement would comprise multilateral and industrial co-operation, research and scientific activities (particularly relating to standardisation), regional integrity monitoring and financial investment in Galileo. The EU has already signed agreements with China and Israel, while discussions are underway with India, Russia, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico and Australia. An agreement with the US has also been signed that ensures Galileo's compatibility with the US Global Positioning System. (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

Second Galileo Validation Contract

The European Space Agency (France) and Galileo Industries have signed a € 150m contract as a first six-month stage towards signing an approximately € 950m contract covering the overall In-Orbit Validation phase. In-orbit validation involves the delivery of the first four satellites in the Galileo constellation of 30, along with a number of ground stations. This new contract following the 2003 contract for two test satellites, the Galileo project is truly taking shape. The work notably concerns the management of the programme and the choice of engineering systems and technical support required for maintaining the overall credibility of the scheduling,... (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

Galileo Interoperable with GPS

ESA’s first two Galileo navigation satellites in space have achieved their latest milestone, transmitting dummy signals in a modulation scheme designed to allow full interoperability with the US GPS once operational services start. An advanced modulation technique offers robust protection against signal interference and the misleading signal reflections known as ‘multipath’. The first two Galileo satellites were launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana into medium orbits on 21 October 2011, and since then have been progressively put through their paces in a series of tests. These satellites are serving to validate the Galileo system design as well as being... (read more)
2012-07-17 12:00:00

Galileo: Commercial Hopes Unrealistic

GIM Interviews Owen M. Goodman, Chief Operating Officer, Fugro N.V.
It is likely to be 2012 before the Galileo system itself is fully operational on a stand-alone basis, says this month’s interviewee Owen Goodman, and Galileo will never be a commercially viable service as long as GPS and Glonass are free. Given current plans, Galileo is heading inevitably towards a funding crisis. National security and defence agencies could make a substantial financial contribution, but this at the expense of Galileo’s status as a civilian system. The EU should leave the fulfilment of specialist civilian needs to commercial GNSS augmentation service providers and the makers of ‘RTK-type’ GNSS equipment, so that... (read more)
2006-02-23 12:00:00

Independent Galileo Indispensable: Experts

Experts attending the INTERGEO Round Table in Karlsruhe, Germany, made it infinitely clear that the European satellite programme Galileo is essential. The unanimous conclusion was that Europe must be independent of other referencing systems such as America's GPS and Russia's GLONASS if it is to safeguard its future as a hub for research and business. The patron of INTERGEO, DVW e.V. - the German Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management and the event's organizer HINTE GmbH invited a number of high-profile speakers to the offices of HINTE GmbH to discuss "Unlimited Navigation - The Way Ahead?" Joining the debate... (read more)
2011-06-20 03:49:12
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