Spaceopal at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit
Simon Plum, Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Spaceopal, presented the major achievements of the company at the flashlight session of the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit, held in Munich from the 14.-16 March 2017.
The Munich Summit is a conference with global impact dealing with Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) now and in the future. The one-of-a-kind convention of high-ranking worldwide speakers from industry, science and governments provides the participants with a broad overview and different perspectives on the latest developments in the field of GNSS. The historical location – the Munich Residenz – contributes to the unique character of this three day conference.
“It is important for Spaceopal to show that we are a Munich based company dedicated to Galileo” states Simon Plum. Spaceopal GmbH is a joint venture between DLR GfR mbH and Telespazio S.p.A. established in 2009 with its headquarters in the center of Munich and the two Galileo Control Centers in Fucino (Itlay) and Oberpfaffenhofen (Germany). “Since November 2010 Spaceopal is making Galileo fly. We, our teams and partners, had a very successful year 2016” so Simon Plum about the year that the company supported the launch of six new satellites, won the framework contract for the upcoming ten years of Galileo Service Operations (GSOp) and contributed to the successful initial services declaration. Prof. Dittus, DLR Executive Board Member for Space Research and Technology, commented during his own presentation at the Summit, that by winning the GSOp contract, Spaceopal demonstrated its competence as well as the competence of the GCCs.
On the 15th of December, 2016, after a two year proposal phase, Spaceopal signed the GSOp contract with the GSA ensuring continual and reliable Galileo navigation services for the upcoming years. Through its core business activities, Spaceopal GmbH is making a key contribution to Europe‘s performance in the field of Global Navigation Satellite Systems. “Spaceopal is committed to continuing to support the deployment and completion of the Galileo system,” says Spaceopal CEO Giuseppe Lenzo. “We are proud that the GSA has selected us to further contribute by bringing the Galileo signal in space to users and providing best-in-class satellite navigation services.”
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The Summit is part of the efforts of the Bavarian government and the cluster on aerospace and satellite navigation to stimulate applications and services in the field of GNSS.