We have worked side-by-side with the ESA (European Space Agency) and European Commission in recent years to develop two main navigation programmes: Galileo and EGNOS.
Galileo was launched to establish a global satellite navigation and positioning system, guaranteeing very high reliability and precision.
The first services became available at the end of 2016. The system will be fully operational by the end of 2020, with completion of the constellation in orbit and the overall validation to achieve Full Operational Capability.
The first four types of services are distinguished by having a clear or encrypted type signal. They are also tailored to the different needs of the end users. These are: Open Service (OS), Commercial Service (CS), and Public Regulated Service (PRS) for security operators (police and military forces), plus the Search and Rescue Support Service (S&RSS) for managing alarms and locating users in danger.
Telespazio (67% Leonardo, 33% Thales) plays a crucial role. The Fucino (L’Aquila) Space Centre is home to one of the two Control Centres (Galileo Control Centre - GCC) that manage the programme’s constellation and mission.
At the end of 2016, Spaceopal, an equal partner joint-venture between Telespazio and DLR GFR, won the GSOp (Galileo System Operator) tender run by the GSA (European GNSS Agency). This relates to managing operations for Galileo.
EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) is a European satellite navigation system developed by the ESA, European Commission, and Eurocontrol. Its aim is to increase GPS (Global Positioning System) performance, particularly geo-positioning data accuracy.
Launched in 2009, EGNOS is made up of three geo-stationary satellites and a network of ground stations. It is the forerunner of the Galileo positioning system, into which it is currently integrated.
Via Telespazio, we take care of maintaining the system. We also provide telecommunications and logistics services, and develop new services in various public and private sectors such as road, rail, and maritime.
Through Telespazio we have also been involved for some years in navigation projects. These include the SENECA programme, developed by the ASI (Italian Space Agency) and ENAV (National Flight Assistance Body). Its goal is to support the roll-out of satellite navigation based on EGNOS in the Italian air traffic sector. We also support MEDUSA, the European programme aimed at introducing these services in Mediterranean countries.