QinetiQ Hails Galileo Launch Success

25 Oct 2011

On Friday 21st October, the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully launched the first two satellites for Galileo, the European Satellite Navigation system.

QinetiQ is proud to be a key, long-term contributor to the Galileo Programme, working closely with ESA, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and European industrial partners since 2004.

Working within a Consortium led by Belgian specialist satellite navigation manufacturer Septentrio Satellite Navigation NV, QinetiQ contributed to the development of the Galileo Test User Segment (specialist instrumented navigation receivers) that have been used to verify the satellite navigation payload prior to launch. In particular QinetiQ has contributed the secure processing for the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) receiver and specialist verification activities.

QinetiQ is directly supporting the European GNSS Agency (GSA) led accreditation and risk management functions of the programme. QinetiQ has provided expert consultancy and information assurance services to support the security accreditation of the highly complex pan-European Galileo project. QinetiQ’s work contributes directly to the risk management for the Galileo project which is conducted through a bespoke methodology, established by security experts from across the 27 EU Members States.

Adam Palser, Managing Director of QinetiQ’s Technical and Information Services Division said:

“I am very proud of the part QinetiQ is playing in the Galileo programme. Working closely with ESA, GSA and our industrial partners, I am delighted to have contributed towards today’s successful launch of the first two operational satellites. The Galileo GNSS programme represents the exploitation of leading-edge technology and high security in a civilian environment – areas in which QinetiQ’s expertise is uniquely authoritative.”

Notes for Editors:

The European GNSS Agency (GSA; formerly European GNSS Supervisory Authority) is an agency of the European Union based in Brussels, Belgium.
Established in 2004, GSA strategic objectives include the achievement of a fully operational GALILEO system, especially by the laying of foundations for a fully sustainable and economically viable system and its security. Moreover, GSA's key stated objective is to make GALILEO not just a functioning system but also the world's leading satellite navigation system for civilian applications.
A FTSE250 company, QinetiQ uses its domain knowledge to provide technical support and know-how to customers in the global aerospace, defence and security markets. QinetiQ's unique position enables it to be a trusted partner to government organisations, predominantly in the UK and the US, including defence departments, intelligence services and security agencies.
Credibility is a driving factor and QinetiQ can be relied on with confidence. QinetiQ is a network of technical experts - consultants can draw from a base of domain experts in areas including information assurance, cryptography, operational readiness and advanced cyber threat. QinetiQ includes electronic and mechanical engineers creating products throughout the technology chain, from satellites to receivers.

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