European GNSS Galileo*

Europe has decided to establish its own global navigation system Galileo*. The system will comprise a worldwide network of ground stations and a set of 24 navigation satellites plus spares.

The European Space Agency ESA has awarded OHB System AG with the production of the complete set of 34 Galileo FOC satellites (Full Operational Capability*). ESA in this case acts on behalf of the European Commission.

OHB System AG as prime contractor and Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) have teamed for the production of the navigation satellites. OHB System AG is responsible for the concept, the satellite platforms and the satellite level integration and test. SSTL will supply the satellite payloads and will support OHB on system level with the experience from their first test satellite called Giove A. As well OHB System AG is supporting customers during launch preparation and in-Orbit testing.

At the end of 2017, a quartet of satellites was transported into space on board an Ariane 5 ES launch vehicle for the second time. This brought to 18 the total number of Galileo FOC satellites by OHB currently in space.

In parallel, experts at OHB System AG are working on designs for the next generation of navigation satellites and further services it shall provide.


* The Full Operational Capability phase of the Galileo programme is managed and fully funded by the European Union. The Commission and ESA have signed a delegation agreement by which ESA acts as design and procurement agent on behalf of the Commission. The views expressed here can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union and/or ESA. “Galileo” is a trademark subject to OHIM application number 002742237 by EU and ESA.

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GALILEO* - European Satellite Navigation System (Space Segment)