Delegation at the Galileo Control Center Oberpfaffenhofen
Last 09.09.2022, The German Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport (BMDV) represented by State Secretary Stefan Schnorr met European Commission Director-General for Defense Industry and Space Timo Pesonen and Executive Director of EUSPA Rodrigo da Costa as well as the Member of the DLR Executive Board Walther Pelzer in Oberpfaffenhofen. The delegations have been warmly welcomed in the Galileo Control Centre as well as in the Institute of Communication and Navigation and introduced in the complexity of tasks performed by the Galileo Service Operator and the DLR research institutes in view of next generation Galileo and Quantum Optical Communication technologies and applications. Oberpfaffenhofen is one of the key Galileo sites, from where together with the partner Control Centre in Fucino, Italy and the GNSS Service Centre in Madrid, Spain all the Galileo assets (currently 28 satellites and about 100.000 components on ground) are controlled, enabling the robust provision of Galileo Services, Signals and Data with the known extraordinary performances for the European stakeholders and worldwide citizens. A strong and unique end-to-end service operations and maintenance commitment is hereby granted by all involved industrial team members for the continued success of the Galileo Programme.
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.
DLR Gesellschaft für Raumfahrtanwendungen mbH controls and monitors the operation of Galileo at the Oberpfaffenhofen control centre – Europe’s global satellite navigation and timing system. On behalf of the European Commission, it is responsible for all tasks to ensure the safe and trouble-free operation of the Galileo satellite constellation.