First Galileo FOC satellite assembled at OHB System

Integration Galileo FOC FM1
Integration Galileo FOC FM1 (c)2012 OHB System AG

After the delivery of the first payload by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) in April, the first of a series of 22 Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites, developed under contract with the European Space Agency, has now been assembled and is being prepared for the testing phase. Having completed the payload integration into the satellite, OHB sticks to the tight schedule with a delivery date of the first complete satellite by the end of this year.

At OHB’s facilities in Bremen, the first flight satellite is now integrated with the platform, manufactured by OHB System, the propulsion module delivered by AMPAC-ISP, Niagara Falls, USA, and the payload delivered by SSTL, Guildford, UK.

Marco R. Fuchs, CEO of OHB, stated: „We are very proud to have reached this important milestone after only 27 months from the programme’s kick-off in January 2010. We are looking forward to finalise the test programme and then to transfer the satellite to the environmental test campaign.“

The completion of the production island facilities for the series production of the Galileo FOC satellites takes shape in parallel, while production of the second flight satellite has already started and the pre-assembly work on Flight Model number three is ongoing as well.

OHB System is the prime contractor for the construction of 22 satellites for the Galileo system and is responsible for developing the satellite bus and for integrating the satellites. SSTL is developing and constructing the navigation payload and additionally assisting OHB with the final assembly of the satellites. The satellites undergo final assembly in Bremen.

* The Full Operational Capability phase of the Galileo programme is managed and fully funded by the European Union. The Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a delegation agreement by which ESA acts as design and procurement agent on behalf of the Commission. The views expressed in this Press Release 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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