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ESA Releases GIOVE-A Navigational Signal To The Public

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Mar 2, 2007 4:39 pm
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Today, ESA released an technical document, the so called GIOVE-A Signal-in-Space Interface Control Document, that enables future customers to develop their receiving hardware with the actual and proper signals.

While being an experimental and precursor satellite of the future European navigation system Galileo, the signals from GIOVE-A are already the same like the later ones from operational satellites.

GIOVE-A is the first of the evaluation satellites for the Galileo system and was launched atop a Russian Soyuz rocket in December 2005. Since then, while also reserving its needed frequencies, the satellite enabled the Galileo team to evaluate, test and tune their ground and in-space equipment.

Its sister satellite, GIOVE-B, will be launched at the end of this year and will polish the way to the operational launch of the Galileo system in 2008. The civilian Galileo system is Europe’s response to the US built GPS and the Russian Glonass navigation systems. It will consist of 30 satellites and deliver precise navigation data.

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