Feeds

Galileo satellite takes to the skies

Giove-A 'demonstrator' is go

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Europe this morning took another step towards the planned 2010 deployment of its €3.4bn Galileo satnav system when the Giove-A satellite blasted off atop a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.

The 600kg Giove-A "demonstrator" is designed to "trial technologies for future Galileo satellites", the BBC reports. It will also "transmit sat-nav signals to claim frequencies for Galileo"* and test in-orbit performance of two rubidium atomic clocks.

Giove-A, built by Guildford-based Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), is the pathfinder for the eventual 30 satellites which will make up the Galileo system - a joint EU/European Space Agency project. It was put together in just three years, an achievement which prompted SSTL's projects director, John Paffett, to tell the Beeb: "Three years ago I did a sketch of what I thought we could do. To go from that sketch to what we have now is amazing. It's not over yet - there's a lot of hard work to go ahead - but it's definitely a monumental occasion." ®

Bootnote

*To claim the frequencies, a satnav signal "of the correct structure" must be broadcast and received on Earth before June 2006. SSTL reckons it can achieve this within two weeks.

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins
Exit Planet Dust on faster-than-light expansion of universe
SpaceX Dragon cargo truck flies 3D printer to ISS: Clawdown in 3, 2...
Craft berths at space station with supplies, experiments, toys
That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN
One MEELLION years older. Some of it anyway
NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'
Joins 'traffic light' and perfect stony sphere on the Red Planet
Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER
That's right, Doris, I've got biggest snout in the prehistoric world
Japanese volcano eruption reportedly leaves 31 people presumed dead
Hopes fade of finding survivors on Mount Ontake
Relive the death of Earth over and over again in Extinction Game
Apocalypse now, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that ...
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.