The first two Galileo FOC satellites arrived safely in their clean room in Kourou at 20:00 on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in line with a planning established in September 2013. This was reported by Alain Pajonk, the OHB manager responsible for the Galileo launch campaign.
Named “Doresa” and “Milena”, the two Galileo FOC satellites arrived at the Félix Éboué international airport in French-Guiana at 02:00 am local time on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. They spent the day in an airlock to acclimatize before being taken to their new home, the S1A clean room.
“With the arrival of the first two Galileo FOC satellites in Kourou, we have passed a further key milestone. Spurred by the extraordinary performance of the entire Galileo team, we are now eagerly awaiting the launch,” says Galileo project manager Dr. Pascal Knobloch. The two navigation satellites are now being prepared for launch. This includes a mechanical check, a final review of the flight parameters and the filling of the tanks.
“Adam”, the third Galileo FOC satellite is currently undergoing testing under space conditions at European Test Services (ETS) in Noordwijk, Netherlands. The fourth Galileo FOC satellite “Anastacia” will commence final testing at OHB in Bremen before being shipped to the ESTEC testing center in Noordwijk.
In addition to these four satellites, OHB is also working on a further 10 satellites at its clean-room facilities.
OHB System is the industrial prime contractor responsible for the total of 22 Galileo FOC satellites. The Galileo satellites are named for the children who won a painting competition organized by the European Commission in 2011.
After successfully passing the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) last week, the two Galileo FOC satellites were released for shipment to the French overseas department. “Thanks to the good collaboration between the participating industrial teams and the experts at the European Space Agency ESA as our customer, OHB was able to successfully finish the FRR,” says OHB’s Director of Navigation Wolfgang Paetsch who will be personally overseeing the launch preparations in Kourou.
*The FOC (full operational capability) phase of the Galileo program is being funded and executed by the European Union.The European Commission and the European Space Agency ESA have signed a contract under which ESA acts as the development and sourcing agency on behalf of the Commission.The view expressed here does not necessary reflect the official position of the European Union and/or ESA.“Galileo” is a registered trademark owned by the EU and ESA and registered under OHIM application number 002742237.
Source / Author: OHB