Galileo is Europe’s own global navigation satellite system, providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. It is inter-operable with GPS and Glonass, the US and Russian global satellite navigation systems.
By offering dual frequencies as standard, Galileo will deliver real-time positioning accuracy down to the metre range. It will guarantee availability of the service under all but the most extreme circumstances and will inform users within seconds of any satellite failure, making it suitable for safety-critical applications such as guiding cars, running trains and landing aircraft.
European Astrotech have been selected to provide support to propulsion test and launch activities in Bremen, Holland and French Guiana. Our main focus will be on simulant loading/drying at ETS (European Test Services) ESTEC, the ESA test facility, in Holland, and performing all fuelling and pressurisation activities on the 22 satellites.
In order to ensure efficient loading of the propellant on board the satellites, EAL have designed and built a new series of loading panels that are unique. The panels allow complete change over of the liquid propellant lines in minutes, cutting days from the decontamination activities usually required to bring a panel back into service.
In addition EAL are offerring the services of the Mobile Laboratory which is designed to be able to perform complete analysis of hydrazine propellants to the MIL-PRF-26536 specification in less than 12 hours.
More information on Galileo can be found here.
A downloadable factsheet on Galileo can be found here.