First pictures of the new Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) constellation satellite available ! (© ESA)
These pictures give the first detailed views of the next batch of Galileo satellites, the first of which has already been delivered to ESA for rigorous testing in simulated space conditions.
This initial FOC satellite is functionally identical to the first four Galileo In-Orbit Validation satellites already in orbit, the operational nucleus of the full Galileo constellation, but has been built by a separate industrial team.
Like all the other 21 FOC satellites so far procured by ESA, the satellite’s prime contractor is OHB in Bremen, Germany and the navigation payload was produced by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd in Guildford, UK. The photos shown here were taken at OHB.
The satellite is approximately the size and shape of an old-fashioned telephone booth, dominated by its circular L-band antenna that will continuously broadcast navigation messages down to Earth.
- Galileo is the name of the European Satellite Navigation programme.
- ESA is the acronym of the European Space Agency
- OHB is the supplier of 21 of the Galileo FOC satellites
- SST Ltd is the supplier of the Galileo satellites payload