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Airbus Defence and Space’s Galileo satellites accepted by ESA

A major milestone

The European Space Agency (ESA) has accepted the first and second Airbus Defence and Space-built Galileo In-Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites as part of their quality acceptance review. This step represents a major milestone in this important European flagship programme system – Europe’s first global navigation satellite system that will provide a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control.

Launch slated for October

During this period, the first of four Airbus Defence and Space-built IOV satellite to form part of the Galileo constellation has also arrived at the European Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. It will shortly be joined by the second Airbus Defence and Space-built IOV satellite before both will be launched on the first ever Soyuz flight from French Guiana in late October according to the ESA schedule.

The satellites are designed and manufactured by a team under the leadership of Airbus Defence and Space Germany, with Airbus Defence and Space UK overseeing the development and integration of the satellites’ state-of-the-art navigation payload.

Along with overseeing the development of the Galileo IOV satellites, Airbus Defence and Space is significantly involved in the Galileo ground segment and system support activities.

Picture: Artist’s impression of the Galileo constellation satellites © ESA

Read more: Press release

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