TELESPAZIO AT THE HEART OF GALILEO
16 December 2016
GSA, the European GNSS Agency, has selected Spaceopal, a joint venture of Telespazio and the German space agency DLR, for the Galileo Service Operator contract (GSOp). Under the contract, the Telespazio Group will manage the space and ground infrastructures of the Galileo constellation through to 2026.
This contract is a great success and a mark of faith in Telespazio France, which will be responsible for through-life support (TLS) of the Galileo station at the Guiana Space Centre (CSG).
As there are only three other stations like it in the world (in Papeete, Nouméa and Réunion), the Guianese station plays a key role in assuring satellite control and mission success.
Initiated in 1999 by the European Union, the Galileo programme is poised to give Europe the most accurate satellite navigation system in the world. Two major milestones were reached at the end of 2016 with the support of Telespazio France teams at the CSG, with the orbiting of 4 Galileo satellites on the same launch by Ariane 5 from Kourou and the official start of the operational phase on 15 December with the declaration of initial Galileo services.
Ariane 5 lifts off - ©CNES