Author Archives: Galileo GNSS

Call for Media: Galileo 19-22 ready for launch

The next four Galileo satellites are scheduled for launch on 12 December at 18:36 GMT (19:36 CET, 15:36 local time) from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana atop an Ariane 5 rocket.

This launch will bring the total Galileo constellation to 22, boosting the global availability of navigation signals. Galileo began initial services on 15 December 2016, the first step towards full operations.

Media are invited to take part in an audio briefing on 11 December at 16:30 GMT (17:30 CET) to learn the latest on the status of the system Read more…

Galileo quartet fuelled and ready to fly

VA240 - Four Galileos on Ariane 5

VA240 – Four Galileos on Ariane 5

Europe’s next four Galileo navigation satellites and the Ariane 5 rocket due to lift them into orbit are being readied for their 12 December launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Tuesday saw Galileo satellites 19–22 declared ready for flight, along with their Ariane. Combined activities are now under way, culminating in the satellites meeting their rocket in the Final Assembly Building.

The satellites were flown in pairs to French Guiana last month. Once safely unboxed in the Spaceport’s cleanroom environment, they were tested to ensure they had suffered no damage during their transatlantic flights. Read more…

Broadcom releases world’s first dual-Frequency GNSS Receiver

Broadcom_BCM47755 Dual-Frequency GNSS ReceiverNo longer will a high-end, expensive GNSS receiver be required to achieve centimeter accuracy now that Broadcom Limited has announced the launch of its new dual-frequency receiver with such accuracy designed for consumer location-based services (LBS) applications.

Broadcom, a designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of digital and analog semiconductor connectivity solutions, recently announced the world’s first mass-market, dual-frequency GNSS receiver device, the BCM47755, designed to enhance LBS applications for mobile phones, tablets and fitness wearables. Equipped with the latest GNSS innovations, the device is capable of centimeter accuracy with minimal power consumption and footprint, enabling an entirely new suite of high-precision LBS applications including lane-level vehicle navigation and mobile augmented reality (AR). Read more…

Is your phone using Galileo?

Is your phone using GalileoGalileo could improve your phone’s location accuracy up to 100 times. Here’s how to find out if you can use it and what it can do.

Like other systems, Galileo is integrated at the chipset level. So, to benefit from its location services, your phone has to be manufactured with a Galileo-enabled chipset.

Nowadays, companies that account for 95% of the global supply of smartphone chipsets are in contact with the Galileo team. This means a vast majority of the new-generation of phones such as Apple’s iPhone X, Samsung’s S8, Huawei’s Mate 10 and Google’s Pixel 2 are all Galileo-enabled. Read more…

First Galileo User Assembly

First Galileo User Assembly, 28-29 Nov.

First Galileo User Assembly, 28-29 Nov.

The first Galileo User Assembly is set to take place in Madrid on November 28-29. The event will provide Galileo and EGNOS users with the opportunity to discuss their needs, share their experience and provide feedback on EGNSS performance.

One year after the launch of Galileo Initial Services, in December 2016, EGNSS users will gather for the first Galileo User Assembly in Madrid this November. On the first day of the Assembly, Galileo and EGNOS users will participate in the first ever EGNSS User Consultation Platform (UCP), broken into four thematic groups – Transport, Mass Market, Professional and R&D. The participants in the thematic groups will then discuss their findings in a plenary session, to be held on the second day of the Assembly. Read more…

iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are Galileo-enabled

iphone8The new features of the latest iPhone, launched on September 13, include built-in support for the European Galileo satellite system, among other GNSS. This multi-constellation support means that the new phones will offer more accurate positioning, making it harder for iPhone users to get lost, wherever they are.

Apple unveiled its iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, in addition to the iPhone X, at a much-anticipated event held at the Apple campus in Cupertino, California on September 13. Read more…

Ariane 5 and its Galileo satellites are prepared for December 12 mission

Ariane 5’s vehicle equipment bay is lowered for installation

Ariane 5’s vehicle equipment bay is lowered for installation

The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s December 12 year-ending flight for 2017 has completed its initial build-up at the Spaceport in French Guiana – where preparations also are moving ahead with four satellite passengers that will further expand Europe’s Galileo global navigation system once in their final orbit.

During activity in the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building, this heavy-lift vehicle for Arianespace Flight VA240 underwent the assembly process that began by mating its two solid propellant strap-on boosters with the main cryogenic stage. Read more…

FFSCat Overall Winner at the Copernicus Masters 2017

FFSCatFFSCat, a constellation of federated satellite systems, offers the highest investment return, improved revisit time, scalable approach, and graceful performance degradation at the end of the satellites’ life.

FFSCat – providing complementary data to the Sentinel fleet – wins the 2017 Copernicus Masters, the international competition on innovative solutions for business and society based on Earth observation (EO) data. Read more…

Spoofing-Resistant UAV Application Wins Overall Prize of ESNC 2017

ESNC_OverallSORUS, a novel satellite navigation based solution, enables Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) navigation for a wide range of users while significantly reducing security requirements and Galileo PRS costs per user device. Besides taking the overall win of the 2017 European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC), SORUS also won the Special Prize of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and the Bavaria Challenge. Police, Special Forces, and other authorised Galileo PRS users can exploit this application to equip their UAVs with a secure, trustable, and spoofing-resistant positioning solution. Read more…

The Ariane 5 for next Galileo mission arrives at the Spaceport

Ariane 5 cryogenic main stageElements for Arianespace’s Ariane 5 mission in December have been delivered to the Spaceport in French Guiana for the heavy-lift launcher’s second flight at the service of Galileo.

These components arrived on September in French Guiana aboard the MN Colibri, which is one of two sea-going roll-on/roll-off ships that transport launcher hardware from Europe to the South American launch site for Arianespace’s family of launch vehicles. Read more…