Second Galileo spacecraft prepares for launch
Yesterday, members of the media visited
Around 50 members of the press attended the media event. Giuseppe Viriglio, ESA's Director of Telecommunication and Navigation, welcomed the visitors and gave an introduction to ESA's navigation programmes. Paul Verhoef, Head of the Galileo Unit in the Directorate-General for Energy and Transport of the European Commission, presented the Galileo Programme.
Javier Benedicto, ESA's Galileo Project Manager, introduced
The spacecraft was built by a consortium lead by Astrium GmbH (Germany) as satellite prime, with Thales Alenia Space (Italy) as subcontractor for satellite assembly, integration and test. Telespazio (Italy) will be in charge of the operations in orbit.
The way forward
Following on from
In November 2007, the European Union Transport Council reached the following conclusions on the future development of Galileo:
- the European Commission will be responsible for the overall management of the programmes as the European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Programme Manager
- ESA will act as procurement agent and prime contractor for Galileo
- the full operational capacity (30 satellites and associated ground stations) is targeted by 2013
- Galileo deployment and EGNOS operations are fully funded by the EU; €3.4 billion are allocated over the period 2007 to 2013
An agreement between the European Commission and ESA is being prepared which will address, in particular, the respective responsibilities and the detailed implementation of the Galileo deployment.