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Galileo Initial Services Announced

Today, the European Commission, owner of the Galileo satellite navigation system, formally announced the start of Galileo Initial Services, the first step towards full operational capability.

The Galileo satellite navigation system has begun operating, with the satellites in space delivering positioning, navigation and timing information to users around the globe. After five years of launches there are now 18 satellites in orbit. The most recent four, launched last month, are undergoing testing ahead of joining the constellation next spring. The full Galileo constellation will consist of 24 satellites plus orbital spares, intended to prevent any interruption in service.

Spectracom offers its SecureSync time and frequency synchronization system compatible with receiving and synchronizing to Galileo signals in addition to, or instead of, all other GNSS constellations in operation.