Ruy Pinto of SES, André Bauerhin of Spaceopal, Nicole Robinson of SES, and Étienne Schneider, Luxembourg’s deputy prime minister and economy minister, are seen during a contract signing ceremony, 30 May 2018. Photo credit: @SES_Satellites
Luxembourg satellite operator SES has landed a contract to help run Galileo, Europe’s answer to GPS.
“SES will provide Spaceopal with services to support the maintenance and seamless operations of the Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). SES will be responsible for in-orbit measurements for the Galileo satellite constellation”.
In addition, the Luxembourg firm will provide services for connecting Galileo ground stations.
According to the SES announcement, the company has already secured Galileo-related contracts:
“Previously, SES has provided infrastructure and services for the Galileo program, as well as ground stations and in-orbit testing during the In-Orbit Validation (IOV) Phase.”
Galileo is the EU’s “global navigation satellite system which provides a highly accurate global positioning service for public, governmental and commercial use.”