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SES Contributes To Galileo Navigation Project

SES Astra : 15 November, 2010  (Application Story)
Engineering support services to be supplied for the European Galileo satellite navigation system from SES Astra
Global satellite operator SES has become a key partner in the future operations of Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system. ASTRA TechCom Services, an SES company, signed a contract with Spaceopal, the company providing ground-based services required to operate the Galileo constellation until it has been fully deployed.

The agreement was signed today in Munich by Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director of ASTRA TechCom Services and by Francesco D’Amore and Hubertus Wanke, both Managing Directors of Spaceopal.

The agreement is encompassed in one of the six Galileo Work Packages (WPs) identified by the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) as necessary to develop Galileo’s Full Operational Capability (FOC). The WP6 Framework Contract is dedicated to preparation activities as well as to all the operation services the fully-deployed Galileo system requires.

ASTRA TechCom Services’ contribution to WP6 covers engineering support to Spaceopal and a leading role in the In Orbit Testing (IOT) of the Galileo FOC Satellites. To this end, ASTRA TechCom Services will work through its subsidiary, Redu Space Services, to utilise the Galileo IOT infrastructure in Redu to deliver this critical service. Furthermore, the Framework prepares the ground for the future development of the Galileo Data Distribution Network (GDDN). Redu Space Services is a joint venture between ASTRA TechCom Services and the space systems manufacturer QinetiQ and operates the ESA center in Redu.

Headquartered in Betzdorf, Luxembourg, SES operates the ASTRA Satellite System, offering a comprehensive portfolio of broadcast and broadband solutions for customers in Europe and beyond. ASTRA TechCom Services is a specialised technical services company, fully-owned by SES, delivering customized solutions to suit the precise technical needs of clients in the satellite industry, from satellite operators to broadcasters. ASTRA TechCom Services is ISO 9001:2008 certified, and provides a wide range of satellite, ground and network engineering expertise. The company delivers turnkey systems as well as integrated satellite and ground operations services from its primary facilities in Betzdorf (Luxembourg) and Redu (Belgium).

Spaceopal is a joint undertaking between Italian company Telespazio and German firm DLR Gesellschaft für Raumfahrtanwendungen (GfR) mbH, which has been set up by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) to provide operational services for the Galileo system.
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