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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2015
Total Production: 30
Total Cost: EUR€5.4 billion   (USD$5.7 billion)
Origin: France, Germany, Italy and United Kingdom
Corporations: Airbus Group, ESA and OHB-System AG
Parent System: Galileo
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2015
Total Production: 30
Total Cost: EUR€5.4 billion   (USD$5.7 billion)
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Description: The Galileo is a joint European Union and ESA project intended to provide a global navigation satellite system with superior performance compared to US GPS (NAVSTAR) system or other surrogate systems such as Russian GLONASS. Moreover, Galileo system will be fully compatible with GPS/NAVSTAR and GLONASS. The Galileo Joint Undertaking (GJU) is responsible for the management of the Galileo program and bidders selection. The European Space Agency (ESA) and Galileo Industries will make up a global independent satellite navigation system, under civil control to offer greatly expanded services tailored to mass-markets, professional, and government users. These services include air navigation, synchronisation of GSM networks, electricity networks, international banking transactions, intelligent transport systems and road navigation.

As of early 2004, the Galileo project was at its early stage of development and its constellation was set to comprise up to 30 satellites. Three bidders were selected for the final phase/concession with two preferred bidders expected to be selected in December 2004. On December 21, 2004, Galileo Industries, EADS Astrium has 38 percent stake, was selected as the contractor for the In-Orbit-Verification (IOV) Phase. The 20-year financial agreement/contract for the Galileo concession was anticipated in December 2005 following the down-select of one of two consortiums.

The IOV Phase valued at 950 million Euro covers the construction and launch of the first four Galileo satellites and the in-orbit testing of this initial part of the overall system. The first four satellites are due for launch in 2008 but this date was delayed three years until 2011. A ground infrastructure is also required in order to develop and operate the system. A further 26 Galileo satellites will follow to make up a 30 spacecraft constellation, which is expected to become operational by the end of the decade (2020).

EADS Germany is be responsible for systems engineering and parts of the ground segment. Navigation payload as well as the management and system engineering of the ground control segment which monitors and controls the satellites will be located in Portsmouth, United Kingdom. The Toulouse site in France will monitor satellites signal quality in support of the ground mission segment. In July 2005, Thales was selected to design the security policy of the Galileo satellite constellation. In December 2005 Galileo Concessionaire agreed various key locations for the Galileo program. The program's headquarters was to be located in Toulouse, France. Operations company located in London, United Kingdom; the two control and performance evaluation centers which are responsible for Galileo's constellation and mission in Germany and Italy; and Spain was hosting facilities supporting the control centers.

The IOV Phase contract worth €1 billion was signed between ESA and Galileo Industries as the program's prime contractor on 19 January, 2006 in Berlin. Under IOV four spacecraft were scheduled to demonstrate the accuracy of the positioning signals in operational conditions through 2008. Finally these four spacecraft were launched two in 2011 and the other two in 2012. The first two production satellites were placed into the wrong orbit by a Soyuz-ST rocket launched from Kourou on August 22, 2014.

Galileo News

There are 11 news between
19 Jan 2006 and 17 Apr 2018
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018Lockheed Martin to Compete for US Air Force GPS Block IIIF Program
Thursday, August 25, 2016Russian Armed Forces Deploy Pole-21 GPS Jammer
Saturday, August 23, 2014First Two Fully Operational Galileo Satellites Fail to Reach Intended Orbit
Thursday, September 26, 2013Thales Alenia Space Signs Contract for EGNOS Services
Thursday, April 26, 2012First Two Galileo Satellites Operational in Orbit
Friday, October 21, 2011Soyuz Rocket Launched from Korou Carrying First Two Galileo Satellites
Wednesday, March 24, 2010Eurocopter and Funkwerk Avionics Perform First Helicopter Test Flight in Galileo Test Bed GATE
Thursday, July 3, 2008EADS Astrium Successfully Concludes Giove-B Navigation Satellite In-Orbit Test
Sunday, April 27, 2008GIOVE-B Satellite Launched Successfully
Tuesday, February 19, 2008Astrium Services and Allsat form JV for European Navigation and Positioning Services

Operators & Related Equipment

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Grand Total 304

Galileo Spacecraft Listing

SerialCountry - Launch Rocket - SiteStatusLaunch DateOperationalRetired
Galileo 1 Soyuz-2 - Kourou21 Oct 201126 Apr 2012-
Galileo 2 Soyuz-2 - Kourou21 Oct 201126 Apr 2012-
Galileo 3 Soyuz-2 - Kourou12 Oct 201215 Oct 2012-
Galileo 4 Soyuz-2 - Kourou12 Oct 201215 Oct 2012-
Galileo 5 Soyuz-2 - Kourou22 Aug 2014Sep 2014-
Galileo 6 Soyuz-2 - Kourou22 Aug 2014Sep 2014-
Galileo 7 Soyuz-2 - Kourou27 Mar 2015Apr 2015-
Galileo 8 Soyuz-2 - Kourou27 Mar 2015Apr 2015-
Galileo 9 Soyuz-2 - Kourou11 Sep 2015Oct 2015-
Galileo 10 Soyuz-2 - Kourou11 Sep 2015Oct 2015-
Galileo 11 Soyuz-2 - Kourou17 Dec 2015--
Galileo 12 Soyuz-2 - Kourou17 Dec 2015--
Galileo 13 Soyuz-2 - Kourou2016--
Galileo 14 Soyuz-2 - Kourou2016--
Galileo 15 Ariane 5 - Kourou17 Nov 2016Dec 2016-
Galileo 16 Ariane 5 - Kourou17 Nov 2016Dec 2016-
Galileo 17 Ariane 5 - Kourou17 Nov 2016Dec 2016-
Galileo 18 Ariane 5 - Kourou17 Nov 2016Dec 2016-
Galileo 19 Soyuz-2 - Kourou2018--
Galileo 20 Soyuz-2 - Kourou2018--
Galileo 21 Soyuz-2 - Kourou2018--
Galileo 22 Soyuz-2 - Kourou2018--
Galileo 23 Soyuz-2 - Kourou2019--
Galileo 24 Soyuz-2 - Kourou2019--
Galileo 25 Soyuz-2 - Kourou2019--
Galileo 26 Soyuz-2 - Kourou2019--
Galileo 27 Soyuz-2 - Kourou2020--
Galileo 28 Soyuz-2 - Kourou2020--
Galileo 29 Soyuz-2 - Kourou2020--
Galileo 30 Soyuz-2 - Kourou2020--

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