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Invitation to witness Galileo pass its space test

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Datum: 29/03 > 29/03/2012
Plaats: ESA Redu Centre
6890 Redu - (Belgium)
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Media representatives are invited to attend an event marking the completion of the in-orbit testing (IOT) of the first two Galileo satellites on 29 March at 10h15 at ESA's Redu Centre in Belgium.

On 29th March, media will have the opportunity to learn more about the programme and its progress from the European Commission, the European Space Agency and the industrial partners.

The first two operational Galileo satellites were launched on 21 October 2011. Since then, they have been extensively tested to verify that their sophisticated navigation payloads are performing well, including detailed measurements of their ten different navigation signals across three radio bands.

The campaign is centred on Redu, which is the ESA centre that traditionally checks the health of ESA's telecommunication satellites. A new 20-m diameter antenna has examined Galileo's navigation signals in all the fine detail needed, from 23,222 km away in space.

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