Spaceopal, a joint venture by DLR Gesellschaft für Raumfahrtanwendungen (GfR) mbH and Telespazio, a Leonardo and Thales Company, is the prime contractor for the operational services of Galileo, the satellite navigation program of the European Union, and is the world’s largest navigation satellite service operator.
As Service Operator of Galileo, Spaceopal is the key partner of European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA), and provides best in class quality navigation services, enhancing position, and precise timing for users worldwide.
The entire Galileo constellation, composed by 30 satellites, and the GNSS services are managed through two satellite Control Centers (in Oberpfaffenhofen, Bavaria, Germany and in Fucino, Abruzzo, Italy), the GNSS Service Center in Torrejón de Ardoz (Spain), several mission-uplink stations and satellite control transmitting stations as well as a growing number of distributed sensor stations worldwide, dedicated to the monitoring the navigation signals.
In addition to its core activity, through the years Spaceopal has created, together with its shareholders, a technology framework dedicated to innovation, research and development for new solutions, applications and services. The aim of this so called tech lab is building a long-term view of all the opportunities in the GNSS sector and to create concrete paths of innovation.
• 2009: Spaceopal has been funded by DLR Gesellschaft für Raumfahrtanwendungen (GfR) mbH and Telespazio Spa
• November 2010: Spaceopal became the Prime Contractor responsible for Galileo operations under the Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) Operations Framework contract.
• 2016: Galileo Initial Service is available and Spaceopal is the player to enable the provision of first committed OS navigation services to users worldwide.
• July 1, 2017: after a 2-year long international competitive tender, ran by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), Spaceopal continues to operate the Galileo constellation, but with significantly enlarged scope and responsibilities under the Galileo Service Operator (GSOp) contract.
• In year of 2017 and 2018, a total of 8 additional Galileo’s satellites have been successfully delivered in orbit and inserted in the service constellation
• January 2018: Spaceopal commenced supporting the Galileo Second Generation (G2G) Ground Segment Design
• In October 2018, Spaceopal launched its NAVCAST Precise Point Positioning services worldwide, with gradually adding new service elements and applications to be offered to commercial and institutional customers
• December 2018: Spaceopal starts supporting the Galileo Transition Satellite (G2G) Space Segment Framework
• as of late 2018, Spaceopal enlarged its scope to become responsible for infrastructure upgrade and new remote site implementations worldwide
• Since February 2020, Spaceopal emerged the application of the Covid-19 business continuity plan covering all Galileo operational sites to sustain and guarantee continues Galileo services under the current pandemic situation
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