Two New Satellites Join Europe’s Galileo Navigation System
Initial Service Declaration
The GSA, through its GNSS Service Centre, has recently published the first Galileo report since the program’s initial services declaration. The report, now available online, covers the first three months of 2017 and confirms the good performance of Galileo Initial Services to date.
The report shows the 11 satellites then operating in the Galileo constellation were able to provide healthy signals 97.33 percent of the time on a per-satellite basis, with a ranging accuracy better than 1.07 m. This user level performance is expected to improve with the launch of more satellites making the provided Galileo services more accurate, more available and more robust for end users.
“It was thanks to the tremendous effort of ESA’s Galileo team working closely together with colleagues from the commission and GSA that this milestone could be achieved: the key pillars for reaching are the currently deployed Galileo satellites in combination with the global Galileo ground segment infrastructure, defined and implemented by the ESA team with their respective industry partners,” said Joerg Hahn, ESA’s Head of Galileo System Procurement Service.
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