Two new Galileo satellites commissioned
The satellites, launched in November 2016, have become operational.
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) have announced the commissioning - increasing the total number of Galileo satellites available for service to 16.
In-orbit testing (IOT) of the 2 satellites, GSAT0207-SV ID 07- and GSAT0214-SV ID 05-, launched in November 2016, is complete. Having passed all initial tests, the satellites are now officially commissioned for operational use and are usable for service provision, as stated in the most recent Notices Advisory to Galileo Users (NAGUs) . . see link below.
The satellites were launched, together with 2 others (GSAT0212 –SV ID 03- and GSAT0213 –SV ID 04-) from Kourou, French Guiana, on 17 November 2016. They were the first to be launched as a foursome, using an Ariane-5 rocket.
The 2 new satellites reinforce the provision of Galileo Initial Services, which were declared on 15 December 2016. This will be further strengthened after the other 2 satellites launched in November also become commissioned.
The GSA explain that additional satellites will be launched over the course of the coming years, enlarging the Galileo constellation and gradually improving Galileo’s global performance. The constellation is set to reach full operational capability (FOC) in 2020.
Further details from the GSA link below . .