The Brussels Space Policy Round Table - Galileo: Current Status and Future Opportunities

When: Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Where: Avenue des Arts 8, 1210 Brussels (building of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

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 two other 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.

ESA's first two navigation satellites, GIOVE-A and -B, were launched in 2005 and 2008 respectively, reserving radio frequencies set aside for Galileo by the International Telecommunications Union and testing key Galileo technologies.

Then on 21 October 2011 came the first two of four operational satellites designed to validate the Galileo concept in both space and on Earth. Two more will follow in 2012. Once this In-Orbit Validation (IOV) phase has been completed, additional satellites will be launched to reach Initial Operational Capability (IOC) around mid-decade.

A range of services will be extended as the system is built up from IOC to reach the Full Operational Capability (FOC) by this decade's end.

The fully deployed Galileo system consists of 30 satellites (27 operational + 3 active spares), positioned in three circular Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) planes at 23 222 km altitude above the Earth, and at an inclination of the orbital planes of 56 degrees to the equator.

Please join the Secure World Foundation to participate in a debate on Galileo: Its current Status and Future opportunities as the part of SWF's Brussels Space Policy Round Table series of short panel discussions focused on significant global space events with a particular emphasis on Europe. The schedule of these events is driven by the important occurrences in the space sector.

Speakers Include:

Michel Bosco
, Deputy Head of Unit, EU Satellite Navigation Programmes: Applications; Security, International Aspects, European Commission
Marina Martinez, Framework Programme Officer for the Thematic areas of Transport & Aeronautics, Space, Security and SMEs, Spanish Office of Science and Technology
Daniel Ludwig, Independent Consultant, DLC
Gard Ueland, President, Galileo Services
Moderator: Agnieszka Lukaszczyk, European Program Manager, Secure World Foundation

Read the bios of the speakers here.

Please, find below the presentations from the event:

Michel Bosco, "The European GNSS Programmes, EGNOS and Galileo, International Challenges Ahead"
Gard Ueland, "Galileo, Opportunities and Challenges"
Marina Martinez, "CDTI-SOST, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation"


Read the event press release here.

Last updated on December 10, 2017