GNSS: Galileo to have 22 satellites

An impression of Galileo system
An impression of Galileo system

European Space Agency last week signed a contract to build eight more Galileo satellites, alongside other agreements to modify Europe’s Ariane 5 launcher to carry four navigation satellites at a time.

The contract to construct and test the Galileo satellites was awarded to a consortium headed by prime contractor OHB System AG in Bremen, Germany, and partner Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) in Guildford, UK.

Back in January 2010 this consortium was awarded the contract to build the previous 14 satellites.

As before, OHB is responsible for the satellite platforms and overall integration, while SSTL is building the navigation payloads.

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