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Both New Galileo Satellites Now Transmitting

May 21, 2015  - By
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Signals from both Galileo satellites launched March 27 are now transmitting signals.

Researchers at Université de Liège and at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, or DLR) reported on May 21 that the first of the full-operational-capability (FOC) satellites had begun transmitting standard L-band signals. The satellite, designated Galileo 8, is using pseudorandom-noise-code identifier 22.

The first E1 and E5 signals from Galileo 8 were received at an International GNSS Service Multi-GNSS Experiment tracking station in Windhoek, Namibia, at about 11:32 UTC on May 21. The satellite’s signals were subsequently tracked by a station in Wettzell, Germany, and then by others.

The other satellite, Galileo 7, began transmitting standard L-band signals on May 25. The first E1 and E5 signals from Galileo 7 were received around 17:00 UTC. The satellite is using PRN code 26.

The signals will be set unhealthy for use until satellite commissioning is completed.

Galileo 7 is also known as GSAT0203, FOC-FM3 and as NORAD object 40544. Galileo 8 is also designated GSAT0204, FOC-FM4 and NORAD object 40545.

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