Saab Ericsson Space wins signal generator contract for Galileo
navigation satellite system
Saab Ericsson Space has been working for ESA for several years to
develop the signal-generating equipment in Galileo, Europe's civil
equivalent of the USA's military GPS system. The company has now also
been entrusted to supply signal generators for the experimental
"Saab Ericsson Space and our industrial partners have all the expertise
required for the project, and we also have the time advantage that is
needed to meet the extremely tough schedule," says Rolf Kallander,
project manager at Saab Ericsson Space.
Galileo is a collaboration project between the EU and ESA which aims to
make Europe independent of the USA's military GPS navigation system, and
offer users even greater accuracy and improved accessibility, as well as
higher resistance to interference than is possible with GPS alone. The
plan is to have receivers available that can receive both GPS and
Galileo signals when the system starts up in 2008.
For several years, Saab Ericsson Space has been leading an industrial
group including Astrium in Germany and Austrian Aerospace, which aims to
define and build test equipment for the signal generator in the Galileo
system's satellites. This initial test equipment will be delivered late
Before the entire system of 30 satellites is built, two test satellites
will be launched, followed by a further three to test that the system
works as intended.
The current order for Saab Ericsson Space and its team colleagues is for
signal generators for the initial test satellite. The total order
encompasses delivery of a test model and two space-quality equipment, as
well as extensive testing.
Saab Ericsson Space is an international, independent supplier of space
equipment. The company's main products are computers, microwave
electronics and antennas, control and separation systems, and thermal
insulation material for use onboard satellites and launch vehicles. The
company has its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, a division located
in Linköping, Sweden, and subsidiaries in Austria (Austrian Aerospace)
and the USA (Saab Ericsson Space Inc).
Saab Ericsson Space has approximately 600 employees, 420 of whom in
The company is jointly owned by Saab and Ericsson.
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