Galileo is the future european satellite network dedicated to earth navigation.
Photo : ESA
The main goal of Galileo is to stop the domination of the united states on this activity and to give more autonomy to Europeans armies.
On a political point of view it will be very interesting, and this system will be a full civilian application without limitation.
Galileo : 5 services :
- Free services : it will be the free application, nearly the same as the current GPS With an horizontal presition of -/+ 5 m and +/- 35 metre on a vertical scale.
- Commercial service : It will offers various services and a precision of 10 cm. Crypted datas…etc
- Safety life service: It will be used to keep an eye on the life on earth.
- Public transport service
- Search and rescue service
The 05-12-28 the first satellite has been launch from Baikonour with a Soyuz Rocket.
In 2010 a least 4satellites should have been launched, and so it will finalise the testing. After that 24 new satellites will be launched till 2014
This first satellite is testing a full set of new equipment and is preparing the arrival of the others