UK firm ships ‘last’ sat-nav payload

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SSTL’s Galileo team is determined to avoid complacency and win further work

UK satellite manufacturer SSTL has reached a key milestone in its work on Galileo, the EU’s version of GPS.

The company has just shipped its 22nd navigation payload, and the last under its current work contract.

Essentially the “brains” of a sat-nav spacecraft, this payload is already in the hands of consortium partner, OHB of Bremen, Germany, which will complete final assembly and testing.

Galileo is expected to begin public services by the end of this year.

Twelve satellites are already in orbit transmitting timing and location data. A further two are set to launch on a Soyuz rocket on 24 May. Another four are scheduled to go up on an Ariane rocket before 2016 is out.

UK firm ships ‘last’ sat-nav payload

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