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Green light for Galileo satellites

Today at 12:30 in Brussels, the EC announced that the SSTL and OHB-System team has been selected by ESA to supply 14 navigation satellites for the deployment phase of the Galileo satellite navigation system in a deal worth 560m Euro.
Galileo satellite
The two companies agreed to work together as a "core team" on Galileo at the end of 2007, with OHB taking the role of prime contractor and builder of the spacecraft "bus" and SSTL taking full responsibility for the navigation payloads onboard the satellite that will form the heart of the Galileo navigation system. SSTL Group CEO Dr Matt Perkins is delighted with the news:
The award of this contract is an important step for SSTL. Our satellites are already providing operational services for many government and commercial customers and we are pleased to have a major role within Europe’s flagship Galileo programme. The experience gained on GIOVE-A will help us to ensure the contract will be a success for the EC and ESA. This programme will also help to establish SSTL as a provider of communications and navigation satellites into other markets.
It was champagne all round at SSTL in Guildford as the news was announced, warming spirits despite worst snow for 30 years affecting the local area. A jubilant SSTL’s Executive Chairman, Sir Martin Sweeting, added
This award is great news for the UK space industry and once again confirms SSTL as a world leader in sophisticated satellites and payloads, building on its 25-year history pioneering small satellites with 34 already launched, truly changing the economics of space.
The first Galileo satellites produced under this contract will be launched from 2013. To help improve the overall schedule the team was authorised by the EC and ESA to initiate the procurement of long lead items for the full system during 2009 which will enable the team to make a quick start towards an operational Galileo constellation.





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