Date: Fri, Oct 05, 2012 | 06:30 - 06:45 GMT | 08:30 - 08:45 CEST
Type: ESA TV Exchange
This 12 October the third and fourth satellites of the Galileo constellation will be launched by a Soyuz rocket from French Guyane.
This will mark the finalisation of the In Orbit Validation phase for Galileo, the European positionning system.
The Full Operational Capability phase of the Galileo programme will follow with the deployment of 30 satellites for a complete system, with first Galileo services available to users in a couple of years.
While preparing Galileo Europe already provides navigation services with EGNOS, the European Geostationnary Navigation Overlay System mainly dedicated to Air traffic Management.
This story explains the different services to be provided and supported by Galileo.
It includes an interview in english, french and spanish with Javier Benedicto, ESA Galileo Programme manager
Satellite Parameters: Eutelsat 9A at 9 degrees E, transponder 59, downlink frequency 11900.1 horizontally polarised, symbol rate 27,500 FEC 2/3.