Thales Alenia Space — a joint venture between Thales (67 per cent) and Leonardo (33 per cent) — has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) on behalf of the European Commission to support the Horizon 2020 Satellite Navigation Program (HSNAV).
The consortium has been tasked with developing the Advanced Orbit Determination and Time Synchronisation (ODTS) Algorithms Test Platform (A-OATP), supporting the implementation and experimentation of the navigation algorithms used for the Galileo Second Generation ground mission segment.
These new orbitography algorithms are expected to deliver an improvement in positioning performance and real-time operability of the Galileo system, by leveraging the accuracy of GNSS orbit and clock estimation.
“With this new contract, Thales Alenia Space applies on a deep experience concerning orbitography algorithms as well as a good knowledge of the Galileo system, to strengthen its position as a major actor for the development of the new generation of this satellite system,” Thales Alenia Space noted in a statement.
This comes just months after Thales Alenia Space was selected to support the Galileo Second Generation constellation by providing six satellites and initiating the B2 phase.
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