|Galileo System Expert
||for more than 15 years|
||enabled by our satellites|
||of the full Galileo constellation
|EGNOS expertise||for a new system generation
Since the inception of the Galileo programme, Airbus Defence and Space has provided major system expertise to the European Space Agency (ESA), the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Union. Until at least 2020, we will deliver system and services support to ESA and GSA for the Galileo Exploitation Phase. Looking beyond Galileo´s first generation, Airbus Defence and Space is also one of the leading companies to support ESA´s work on the next generation of the Galileo system.
Our 2 experimental spacecraft demonstrated critical Galileo technologies in orbit. They were succeeded by 4 fully representative satellites built by Airbus Defence and Space which allowed the successful In-Orbit Validation (IOV) of the Galileo system and helped to perform the first Galileo-only position fix in 2013. All navigation payloads of the Galileo satellites currently in orbit have been built by Airbus Defence and Space and our fully-owned subsidiary Surrey Satellites Technology (SSTL). But our expertise does not stop here: for several years, Airbus Defence and Space is at the forefront of research when it comes to the evolution of the Galileo satellite and critical technologies for its next generation.
From its early days to the present, Airbus Defence and Space has been the prime contractor for the ground control segment which provides reliable day-to-day control over all Galileo satellites in orbit. With our strong background in large ground segments for space systems, we fully master the complete life-cycle from development, deployment, operations, maintenance and evolution.
Airbus Defence and Space provides recognized capabilities for the next generation of the EGNOS system. We have been leading the definition and design study for EGNOS V3, and have been able to combine innovative concepts with our solid expertise in GNSS, large ground and safety-critical systems. Next to Airbus Defence and Space´ system-level skills, our background also comprises the Central Processing Facility (CPF), the Ranging and Integrity Monitoring Stations (RIMS) and the Navigation Land Earth Stations (NLES), the main EGNOS subsystems. Airbus Defence and Space is leading European supplier of state-of-the-art navigation payloads supporting EGNOS and the US-counterpart system WAAS.
A number of navigation applications require a positioning and timing solution which is trustworthy, robust and/or accurate even in very challenging user scenarios. Airbus Defence and Space offers highly sophisticated solution engineering and concepts which allow application developers and service providers to go beyond the limits of GNSS. As a few examples, we provide highly recognized expertise in interference detection, mitigation and localization, signal processing techniques for rail and other land users and have developed a number of innovative PRS-authenticated and PRS-based receiver concepts which will enable a broader adoption of this Galileo Public-Regulated Service (PRS) for authorized users.
In some cases, Airbus Defence and Space has developed engineering solutions into a commercial product, and one key example is the highly accurate local positioning system for manned and unmanned aerial vehicles, called “Deckfinder”.
Galileo System,Space and Ground infrastructure
Airbus Defence and Space provides outstanding system engineering expertise for the Galileo programme and for the system´s evolution to the next generation. We also offer our prime capabilities in advanced spacecraft and reliable ground control for the Galileo constellation. Airbus Safran Launchers offers the highly trusted Ariane 5 able to launch four Galileo satellites simultaneously.
Airbus Defence and Space provides reputable system engineering know-how for the evolution of EGNOS and its development to the next generation. Airbus Defence and Space is furthermore leading provider of navigation payloads for the European Augmentation System and also delivers payloads for its American counterpart WAAS.
To GNSS application and service developers whose users require particularly robust, trusted and/or accurate positioning and timing, Airbus Defence and Space provides state-of-the-art engineering solutions and concepts tailored to the specific needs.
27 April 2017
Airbus Secure Communications invite you to experience a Snapshot of our Aero SatCom capabilities . Chose from our Military Grade, Secure Skynet X-Band, or flexible Commercial Grade options. Our suite of Airborne Terminals are also available to build your Aero SatCom network, tailored to your requirements. Like what you see? Want to find out more? Then please visit our website directly at: http://www.securecommunications-airbusds.com/Read more
07 March 2017
The Sentinel-2 mission is based on a constellation of two identical satellites in the same orbit, 180° apart for optimal coverage and data delivery. The satellites are orbiting the Earth every 100 minutes covering all Earth’s land surfaces, large islands, inland and coastal waters every five days. For more info: http://bit.ly/2mRlH9kRead more
04 July 2016
Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to build its next Earth Explorer mission, the Biomass satellite. Biomass is due to launch in 2021 and will measure forest biomass to assess terrestrial carbon stocks and fluxes for five years. Find out more: http://bit.ly/1Tt2bVfRead more
18 May 2016
This year we will be present from 1st to 4th June at the ILA Berlin Air Show, held in Germany – where we have a significant industrial footprint and strong heritage. Come visit us at our booth in hall 2 and see our products in the BDLI space pavilion as well as on flight- and static display. More info: http://bit.ly/2053SNnRead more
27 April 2016
Direct Tasking allows Airbus Defence and Space Direct Receiving Stations (DRS) to get a dedicated and guaranteed access to the satellite resource with the maximum reactivity. It is a premium and direct access to Airbus optical satellite constellations, a first class programming mode for receiving stations to take control of Pléiades and SPOT6/7 satellites. It offers Receiving Stations the best reactivity from collection planning to mission ready data, to support ultimate near-real time applications.. For more info: http://bit.ly/1ryHVeYRead more
29 March 2016
Airbus Defence and Space is able to provide the right satellite for every customer – whether they need a weather-independent data source, high-frequency revisits, very-high-resolution imagery or even all of the above (and more) in a single system. More info: http://bit.ly/1Q55vKFRead more
23 February 2016
From the launch of SPOT 1 to the commissioning of its descendants SPOT 6 and 7, Airbus Defence and Space satellites have covered more than 700 times the Earth's surface, always with the same goal: provide people with valuable data about our planet. Find out more: https://airbusdefenceandspace.com/30-years-of-space-imagery/Read more
30 January 2016
Interview with Evert Dudok, EVP Communications, Intelligence and Security on SpaceDataHighway Via EDRS-A and EDRS-C relay satellites equipped with laser communication terminal (LCT), the SpaceDataHighway will be able to transfer information (images, video, data collected by sensors) from Earth observation satellites, manned and unmanned airborne platforms, or even from a space station such as the ISS. For more information: https://airbusdefenceandspace.com/edrs-spacedatahighway/Read more
17 July 2015
Ariane 5 has been successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana, for the 66th time in a row, placing in orbit the fourth Meteosat Second Generation (MSG-4) satellite, over 50% of which was built by Airbus Defence and Space. The company’s most outstanding contribution to MSG-4 is the SEVIRI instrument, considered as the most capable weather instrument in geostationary orbit. Further information: http://airbusdefenceandspace.com/newsroom/news-and-features/ariane-5-launch-double-success-for-airbus-defence-and-space/Read more