Galileo will be Europe’s own global navigation satellite system, providing accurate, guaranteed global positioning services under civilian control.
When fully deployed, Galileo will comprise 30 satellites, and will be inter-operable with the American Global Positioning System (GPS) and Russian GLONASS, the two other global satellite navigation systems.
The Satellite Constellation Control Facility (SCCF) will initially be used to control the four Galileo satellites being developed within the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Galileo In-Orbit Validation (IOV) programme. The design of the Facility will allow it to eventually control the full 30 satellite constellation.
LogicaCMG will now begin the process of selecting subcontractors from across Europe to supply the components necessary to develop the facility.