The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed two contracts worth 1.47 billion euros to build 12 second-generation Galileo navigation satellites, announced today (28).
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The new European satellites, to be built by aerospace companies Thales Alenia Space and Airbus Defense and Space, will join 26 other satellites already in orbit.
According to the European Space Agency, which announced in a statement the signing of contracts with these companies, the European Galileo satellite navigation system is the most accurate in the world.
The second generation of satellites includes many technological updates that will allow, for example, to increase the speed of access to the navigation signal from a mobile phone, and authorities can warn users of imminent dangers, such as tsunamis or earthquakes.
The Galileo system will be operated by the European Union’s space program agency, which the European Commission officially announced its launch on Monday.
The European Space Agency is responsible for designing, developing, acquiring and qualifying the Galileo satellites and associated terrestrial infrastructure on behalf of the European Union that owns the navigation system.