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Procurement of full Galileo system begins


Procurement of full Galileo system begins
1 July 2008
Today, the European Commission - with the support of ESA - is launching the procurement of Galileo, a global navigation system composed of 30 dedicated navigation satellites and a ground infrastructure with the main control centres in Europe and a network of dedicated stations deployed around the world.

The overall programme objective for Galileo is the deployment, by 2013, of a European navigation system providing five main services, namely the Open Service, the Safety of Life Service, the Commercial Service, the Public Regulated Service, and the Search and Rescue Service.

Political decisions made by the European Parliament and the Council last year resulted in the allocation of a budget for the European satellite navigation programmes EGNOS and Galileo (€3.4 billion for the period 2007-2013) and provided for an agreement on the governance structure of the programmes.

Payload fairing of the Soyuz-Fregat launcher
GIOVE-B launcher fairing
This framework provides for the deployment of the Full Operational Capability (FOC) of Galileo under a public procurement scheme, entirely financed out of the European Community budget. The European Commission (EC) acts as programme manager and contracting authority and ESA acts as its procurement and design agent.

The procurement initiated today includes the following six work packages:
  • system support
  • ground mission segment
  • ground control segment
  • space segment (satellites)
  • launch services
  • operations

Organisations interested in participating in the Galileo procurement can find more details and an information pack on ESA's Galileo website and on ESA's invitation to tender (EMITS) system. (zdroj: www.esa.int)

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