Galileo is Europe's contribution to the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). It is scheduled to be fully operational worldwide before the end of this decade with overall costs estimated at € 3.7 billion. GALILEO will consist of 30 satellites positioned in three orbits at an altitude of approx. 23.000 km and a worldwide network of ground infrastructure.
Galileo is to be seen as an independent but complementary system to existing ones such as GPS (USA) or GLONASS (Russia).
The objective is to make the already existing and future satellite-based navigation systems inter-operational and compatible for the benefit of the user world.
The involvement of Thales in the Galileo program started years ago and followed an industrially coherent rationale.
Thales Test User Receiver offer is bundled to take benefit of technical synergies on Galileo PRS (Public Regulated Service) core module.
Test User Segment (TUS) C/D/E1 Phase aims at developing receivers in support of GALILEO System Experimentation and Validation.
The proposed modular and flexible architecture is a key factor for a successful development. This relies on:
- C0 follow-on activities initialised with Thales Alenia Space Italy as the main partner
- A multinational team
- A proven experience which includes GPS, EGNOS, and Galileo previous phases
- A tight integration of the security concept
- A shared motivation from partners