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First Galileo tests complete

Published by Rob on Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:28 pm
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Tests on a new European navigation satellite have been completed successfully.

Signals from Giove-A, which was built by UK company Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, were received at facilities across the world including the Chilbolton Observatory in Hampshire.

Teams analysed the data from the Galileo test satellite and made some adjustments, which were uploaded to Giove-A to make sure it transmits optimised signals. Giove-A was launched on 28 December 2005.

Galileo is a joint initiative between the European Space Agency and the European Commission. It is designed to be the first civilian positioning system to offer global coverage. Galileo is due to be operational from 2012.

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