GIOVE-A test campaign completed
The test campaign using the large antenna at Chilbolton Observatory to analyse the navigation signals transmitted by GIOVE-A, the first Galileo satellite, has been successfully completed.
Following its launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome on 28 December 2005,
Chilbolton's 25-metre antenna made it possible to acquire the signals from
Analysis of the signals has allowed some adjustments to be made, re-programming the spacecraft's navigation signal generation unit to compensate for changes to the signals introduced by the amplifier that boosts them for transmission to Earth and by a filter that protects adjacent frequency bands from interference.
To achieve the correct solution, the calibrated Chilbolton station was used to receive the signals from
Thanks to the cooperation of a large international team,
Galileo is a joint initiative between ESA and the European Commission. When fully deployed in the early years of the next decade, it will be the first civilian positioning system to offer global coverage.