Galileo is a European satellite navigation system comprising a global satellite-based network for precise positioning and timing information. It offers many levels of service to satisfy all user requirements (commercial, safety and security, science, leisure), and delivers guaranteed and certified quality and integrity for safety-critical applications (civil aviation, emergency services, security applications). Consisting of 30 spacecraft in Medium Earth Orbit and associated ground infrastructure, the system was gradually built up with a few years. From the very beginning of the programme, EADS Astrium played a major role in the design and development of Galileo and contributed significantly to it with its comprehensive set of competencies in the field of satellite navigation and large-scale space programmes. Galielo arrived in the Netherlands on 16 May 2013 for a rigorous set of tests to check its readiness for launch.
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