Galileo Ground Control Segment Ready for Full Operational Capability

In early July the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) announced the upcoming upgrades of the Galileo GCS infrastructure in preparation for the next launch .

Today the new GCS V3.0 infrastructure has been completely deployed in the Galileo Ground Control Centres in Oberpfaffenhofen (Germany) and Fucino (Italy) and is being used to operate the Galileo Satellite Constellation since early August.

This is the result of years of hard work, since GMV was awarded the maintenance and upgrading of the Galileo GCS, until achieving the most ambitious upgrading of any part of the Galileo Ground Segment.

During this period GMV, leading a large consortium of the top European Space companies, has been able to steer the whole technical challenge through the stormy waters of the COVID-19 pandemic that has marked nearly half of this period, to pull off an unprecedented success.

The new GCS release includes upgrades to increase system capabilities, enhance virtualization and obsolescence resolution as well as operational improvements. It represents a major step forward towards the Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability), boosting the management capacity to 38 satellites.

Read more in GPS Daily article.

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