European Commission announces the award of major Galileo contracts

Galileo constellation
Galileo constellation
7 January 2010

Antonio Tajani, European Commission Vice-President in charge of Transport, has announced today the award of three of the six contracts for the procurement of Galileo's initial operational capability.

These contracts will be signed in the next weeks between ESA, on behalf of the European Commission, and the chosen companies.

Notes for editors

Galileo: Europe’s global navigation satellite system

The definition phase and the development and In-Orbit Validation phase of the Galileo programme were carried out by the European Space Agency (ESA) and co-funded by ESA and the European Community.

The Full Operational Capability phase of the Galileo programme is managed and fully funded by the European Commission. The Commission and ESA have signed a delegation agreement by which ESA acts as design and procurement agent on behalf of the Commission.

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