First Galileo* FOC satellite leaving the OHB halls
In the early hours of the morning, the first full operational capability (FOC) satellite assembled by OHB System AG for the future European navigation system Galileo* left the integration hall in Bremen. Shipment had been preceded by the successful completion of integration and system testing.
The satellite is now headed for Noordwijk in the Netherlands, where it will undergo an environmental testing campaign and further system testing at the ESTEC’s Test Center on the premises of the European Space Agency (ESA). During the environmental testing, the satellite is placed in a thermal vacuum chamber, where its functions are tested under space conditions in both heat and cold and in vacuums. Further functional testing entails the simulation of mechanical and also electro-magnetic strain on the satellite.
Its twin FOC satellite is currently in the final phase of completion at OHB System. Over the next few weeks, it will also be integrated and tested, after which it will be shipped to Noordwijk. The two satellites are to be placed in orbit on board a Soyuz launcher, which will is planned to lift off from Kourou in French Guyana this autumn.
These two satellites are the first of a series of 22 Galileo* FOC satellites manufactured by OHB System and its industrial partners.
* 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 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.