The Galileo constellation has two new satellites

Galileo is currently the most accurate satellite navigation system in the world. Since entering open service in 2016, it serves more than four billion smartphone users around the planet. Furthermore, many strategic sectors such as railways, maritime, agriculture, financial timekeeping services and rescue operations depend on satellite navigation provided by the European constellation. It is estimated that around 10% of the EU’s annual GDP already depends on satellite navigation and this figure is expected to increase in the coming years. 

The satellites launched into orbit on April 28 join the 30 already in orbit of the constellation and will increase reliability, robustness and, ultimately, precision, which will benefit billions of users around the world.

Galileo is a fundamental part of our daily lives, whether it is to find our way, to support search and rescue activities or to provide ultra-precise timestamps for all types of institutional and commercial applications.

Since its conception, ESA and European industry, with significant Spanish participation, have developed and tested 38 Galileo satellites for the EU’s Galileo programme. Of these, four in-orbit validation satellites and 26 with full operational capacity have been put into orbit with 12 launches.

Galileo is a flagship program funded by the European Union (EU) and managed by the European Commission. Since its creation, ESA has led the design, development and qualification of space and ground systems, as well as the acquisition of launches. ESA is also responsible for research and development activities for the future of Galileo within the EU Horizon Europe programme. The European Space Agency (EUSPA) acts as a service provider, supervises market implementation and closes the loop with users.

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