Contract for operation of Galileo satellites awarded to DLR’s Space Applications CompanyOctober 26, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
On 25 October 2010, the development of Galileo, the future European satellite navigation system, reached another important milestone. In Brussels, the European Space Agency (ESA) and Spaceopal GmbH signed a contract for the operation of 18 Galileo satellites.
Spaceopal is a joint venture between the DLR Space Applications Company (Gesellschaft für Raumfahrtanwendungen mbH; GfR) and the Italian company Telespazio S.p.A. DLR GfR was founded in 2008 in Oberpfaffenhofen, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR). “The signing of this contract demonstrates the strong commitment and the clear political will to create an independent global satellite navigation system in Europe,” said the Chairman of the DLR Executive Board, Johann-Dietrich Wörner.