Galileo second generation satellites pass PDR

(08 Mar 2022) Airbus has successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for its system concept for the second generation Galileo navigation satellites. During this important milestone, Airbus' proposed preliminary design and the customer's system requirements have been fully reviewed and agreed.

This paves the way for further verification, acceptance and qualification at equipment and module level. Verification at payload level is already in full swing, with the Critical Design Review (CDR) for the satellite structure also due shortly.

In parallel, the Airbus site in Friedrichshafen is preparing for an industrialised production line for currently six second-generation Galileo satellites. The satellite integration centre is being completely upgraded to meet current and future requirements for efficient, environmentally friendly, safe and secure production for the Galileo second generation satellites, Airbus said. The first Galileo second generation are planned to be launched in 2024.

With a mass of around 2.3 tons, each satellite is designed to operate for about 15 years. The all-electric medium-Earth orbit (MEO) platform from Airbus reuses flight proven building blocks from its Telecoms and Earth Observation programmes. The flexible and modular navigation payload solution with future growth capability is also based on telecom elements for beam forming and signal generation.

Reference: Airbus PR

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