Alba and Oriana handed over to Oberpfaffenhofen
The latest pair of Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) Satellites, designed and build by OHB System AG, passed their initial space-checks and were handed over to the Galileo Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.
“We are proud that our satellites have reached this milestone smoothly and are looking forward to a successful navigation payload performance demonstration of Alba and Oriana”, comments Dr. Ingo Engeln, Member of the Executive Board of OHB System AG.
Number 5 and 6 of Galileo FOC Satellites were launched on the morning of 11 September. Four hours later separation from their rocket’s final stage was overseen from ESOC Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany. Handover of the satellites to the Galileo Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen took place on the 19 and 20 September.
The navigation payloads of Alba and Oriana still need to undergo detailed testing, led from ESA’s Redu Centre in Belgium with support of Oberpfaffenhofen and the second Galileo Control Centre in Fucino, Italy.
The next pair of Galileo FOC Satellites has also already passed all functional, performance and environmental tests. Both satellites are ready for delivery to Kourou and their launch at the end of this year. The early phase for the next pair will be overseen from CNES in Toulouse, France, as hosts.
A further pair of satellites is already at the Test Center at Noordwijk to pass the environmental test campaign. At OHB System in Bremen, work is under way on building the Galileo satellites in parallel on a total of seven production islands.