How Galileo Simulator Testing Works

The European Union is building a global navigation satellite system called Galileo , which will offer positioning, navigation and timing services as from 2011. To date, two Galileo experimental satellites are already in the orbit and more are planned to follow. Galileo is designed to be more advanced, more efficient and have more features than comparable systems. Galileo is investing in the development of new applications, based on service guarantees, covering all walks of life and sectors of the economy.

Galileo will be Europe's own global navigation satellite system, providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. The intention stated by Galileo is that the system will be inter-operable with GPS and GLONASS, the two other global satellite navigation systems.

A user will be able to take a position with the same receiver from any of the satellites in any combination. By offering dual frequencies as standard, for commercial users, Galileo will deliver real-time positioning accuracy down to the meter range, significantly better than existing civil system performance. Galileo's intention is to offer guarantees of the availability of service under all but the most extreme circumstances, plus integrity flags to inform users within seconds of a failure of any satellite. This will make it suitable for applications where safety is crucial, such as running trains, guiding cars and landing aircraft.

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