Galileo is the new European satellite navigation system comprising a global satellite-based network for precise positioning and timing information. It will offer many levels of service to satisfy all user requirements (commercial, safety and security, science, leisure), and will deliver 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 will be gradually built up over the next years. EADS Astrium is playing a major role in the design and development of Galileo since the beginning of the programme and has significantly contributed to it with its comprehensive set of competencies in the field of satellite navigation and large-scale space programmes.
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