The Galileo Programme
Galileo is Europe’s own global navigation satellite system, providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. It is interoperable with GPS and Glonass, the US and Russian global satellite navigation systems. By offering dual frequencies as standard, Galileo is set to deliver real-time positioning accuracy down to the metre range.
The fully deployed Galileo system will consist of 24 operational satellites plus six in-orbit spares, positioned in three circular Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) planes at 23 222 km altitude above the Earth, and at an inclination of the orbital planes of 56 degrees to the equator.
Initial services will be made available by the end of 2016. Then as the constellation is built-up beyond that, new services will be tested and made available, with system completion scheduled for 2020.
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Core Business Activities
The core business activities of spaceopal GmbH which assure Galileo operation include:
»Spaceopal is ensuring stability and continuity for the operation of the Galileo system, both now and in the future.
To challenge this task we work together in interdisciplinary and international teams.«
Giuseppe Lenzo, Managing Director
»Galileo is much more than operating satellites in space from control centres in Oberpfaffenhofen and Fucino. The overall operations management needs permanent connections, with infrastructure distributed around the globe. We are delighted to work closely together with our partners from industry and science on the realisation of Europe’s most prestigious satellite navigation system – Galileo.«
Simon Plum, Managing Director
Two control centres in Fucino and in Oberpfaffenhofen, the one built by Telespazio at its Fucino Space Centre near L’Aquila and the other centre built by the German Aerospace Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen will manage the 30 satellites and the operational activities of the Galileo European Navigation System.
The Galileo Control Centre (GCC) in Oberpfaffenhofen built by DLR operates the Galileo Satellites. Preparatory operations for satellites to be launched and safe routine operations for the in-orbit satellite constellation are performed simultaneously. The experience gained goes directly into the high quality operational products and processes, which can be applied on all types of missions and operational services. For the purpose of Galileo satellite and ground asset operations, DLR GfR mbH has implemented highly sophisticated and extremely reliable technical infrastructures to satisfy availability requirements up to 99,9999%. In addition, highly secure infrastructures certified up to secret level are operated and maintained 24 hours a day / 365 days a year.
The two Galileo Control Centres in Italy and Germany represent the heart of the Galileo system, as they guarantee control of the constellation, the satellite localisation and navigation signal. Once fully operational, the GCCs will monitor the orbit of the Galileo satellites with an accuracy of less than 50 cm via the main control rooms and a dozen integrated control rooms manned 24 hours a day by highly skilled personnel. The centres will also generate, transmit and distribute the navigation signal, ensuring its integrity, quality and precision. If the system malfunctions, the end user will be notified within a matter of seconds. The clocks on board the satellites are continually updated to the time of the entire Galileo system from the control centres.
Working together with international partners for the continued successful development of Galileo.
|Public authorities / Agencies|
|Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur||Berlin, Germany|
|Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie||Berlin, Germany|
|European Commission||Brussels, Belgium|
|European Space Agency (ESA)||Paris, France|
|GSA European GNSS Supervisory Authority||Brussels, Belgium|
|Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V. (DLR)||Cologne, Germany|
|Airbus Defence and Space||Ottobrunn, Germany|
|British Telecom (BT)||Diegem, Belgium|
|DLR Gesellschaft für Raumfahrtanwendungen (GfR) mbH||Weßling, Germany|
|SES||Château de Betzdorf, Luxembourg|
|Telespazio S.p.A.||Rome, Italy|
|T-Systems International||Frankfurt, Germany|
Quality Management System
Spaceopal has implemented a Quality Management System, which is certified in accordance with ISO 9001 since 2011 and covering the full scope of our business activities such as:
|Design and Implementation of Systems|
|Operations, Services and Networks for Space Programmes|
|Programme Management, Mission and Satellite Constellation Operation|
|Integrated Logistic Support|
|Data Processing and Service Provision|
Code of Ethics
The aims of spaceopal are pursued with loyalty, seriousness, appreciation, honesty, competence, fairness, team spirit and transparency by all those who work in the Company, and with absolute respect for the basic legal principles of human rights as well as the applicable laws and regulations. spaceopal shall promote these principles as well as fair competition, which it deems to be in its own interest as well as in the interest of all the stakeholders.
The activity described is carried out under a contract managed by ESA on behalf of the European Union of and funded by the European Union.
The views expressed herein can in no way be construed as reflecting the official opinion of the European Union and/ or of the European Space Agency.