Sunday, November 6, 2011

Galileo satellites handed over to control center in Germany

Europe’s first two Galileo satellites, launched by a Soyuz booster from French Guiana on 21 October, have reached their final operating orbits, paving the way for activating and testing their navigation payloads.

Marking the formal end of their LEOP Launch and Early Operations Phase, control of the satellites was passed yesterday from the CNES French space agency centre in Toulouse to the Galileo Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen in Germany.

ESA - Galileo IOV Launch - Galileo satellites handed over to control centre in Germany: