Other headlines

Work at ESA’s ESOC control centre continues relentlessly on the two Galileo satellites.

Despite the non-nominal orbit, the satellites are safely under control after they were released from the launcher upper stage and their orbital position was determined by the European ground teams deployed at ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany.


14 August 2014. The next satellites in Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system will be launched on 21 August, ushering in the system deployment phase and paving the way for the start of initial services. Media are invited to take part in an audio briefing on Wednesday, 20 August.

1 Jun 2014Image Europe’s two latest Galileo navigation satellites touched down today at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, ready for their joint launch this summer.

Packed safely within protective and environmentally controlled containers, the satellites were carried across the Atlantic aboard a 747 cargo carrier.

May 5, 2014, Image The Faculty of Science and Technology of the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP, Brazil), through its Department of Cartography, partitipates in the CALIBRA project (Countering GNSS high Accuracy applications Limitations due to Ionospheric disturbances in BRAzil), whose main goal is developing algorithms applicable to the carrier wave phase to remove ionoshpheric

April 30, 2014. The European Commission is holding, next May 7, a public hearing o gather insights and contributions from the stakeholders involved in providing emergency assistance in response to 112 calls with regard to the opportunity of enabling mobile phones to determine the caller location using the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), and in particular the European GNSS systems and to send it to public-safety answering points (PSAP).

24 April 2014 Results are being processed from the first Galileo maritime trials outside of mainland Europe. The long-range, high-latitude testing spanned the North Sea, following the same historical sailing route that Viking dragon-ships used 1200 years ago.

ESA’s Galileo satellites have achieved their very first aerial fix of longitude, latitude and altitude, enabling the inflight tracking of a test aircraft.

ESA’s four Galileo satellites in orbit have supported months of positioning tests on the ground across Europe since the very first fix back in March.

Image ESA’s newest Galileo satellite has emerged from five weeks of simulated space conditions: Friday saw a hatch slid open to end its thermal-vacuum test, a milestone on the way to orbit.

In late October the phone booth-sized satellite was placed in the 4.5 m-diameter Phenix chamber in ESA’s ESTEC Test Centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands – the largest spacecraft testing facility in Europe.

ImageEurope’s next pair of Galileo satellites have been the focus of a busy autumn at ESA’s technical centre in the Netherlands, continuing a full-scale campaign to ensure their readiness for space.

The first of the two satellites is now midway through a five-week immersion in vacuum and temperature extremes that mimic the conditions it faces in space.

Image ESA’s completion of a pair of dedicated ground stations at opposite ends of Europe has enabled Galileo satellites in orbit to participate in global testing of the Cospas–Sarsat search and rescue system.