Arianespace launched the next four Galileo satellites into orbit today, bringing the European Union a step closer to completing its own global navigation satellite system.
As the U.K. continues to wrangle with the EU over Galileo, there is growing speculation that the country could seek to develop its own independent global navigation system with Australia — or even Japan.
U.K. Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Hillier says the cost-effective technology with its short development cycles would enable the military to always take advantage of the latest technological developments, unlike the traditional slow-paced military satellite projects.
Space matters in Europe and it is a top political priority. But the European Union’s efforts to achieve autonomy in space don’t mean we act in isolation.
Arianespace performed its eleventh and final launch of the year today, sending four Galileo European navigation satellites into medium Earth orbit.
Turnock: “We simply see the strong benefit to the U.K. remaining involved in the European Space Agency."
The European Space Agency stepped up to be Arianespace’s first customer for the next-generation Ariane 6 rocket, while keeping Soyuz as a backup option.
The companies signed the contract Thursday with the European Space Agency, which procures the satellites on behalf of the EU.
Officials warned that the UK's impending exit from the EU would require the country to negotiate a new deal to remain part of Galileo.
Ten atomic clocks have failed onboard the European Union’s Galileo navigation satellites, casting doubt on when the unfinished constellation’s next batch of spacecraft will be orbited.
Satellite and rocket hardware builder OHB of Germany on Nov. 16 said delays in its supply chain had put pressure on its revenue in recent months but that the company’s full-year profitability would be unaffected.
The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, on Oct. 21 gave written warning to the French government that it would take France to court in six months unless France’s Arianespace launch-service company frees up about 300 million euros ($330 million) in long-overdue payments.
Satellite and rocket-component builder OHB SE of Germany on Aug. 17 reported flat revenue but higher profit for the six months ending June 30 and reiterated its full-year revenue forecast based on sales volume late in the year.
The British vote to leave the European Union may occur gradually over two years but raises multiple immediate questions about the consequences for Europe’s space programs and Britain’s role in them.
OHB CEO Marco Fuchs discusses Arianespace's reorganization and the role of small shareholders, Germany's role in Europe's Vega rocket and the upcoming European Commission and European Space Agency decisions.
A Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket on May 24 successfully placed two European Galileo positioning, navigation and timing satellites into medium-Earth orbit – the 13th and 14th in a series of 26 Galileo spacecraft, with more to come.