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27.10.2014 - Air meets Space: fusion of aeronautics and astronautics consolidated through certification
DLR GfR mbH is the world’s first Space Control Centre that has been certified as an Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) of CNS services (communications, navigation and surveillance) for air traffic. This means DLR GfR mbH is now authorised to provide services in the aviation sector. Certification was issued by the relevant authority: the German Federal Office of Civil Aviation (BAF).
07.10.2014 – DLR GfR mbH acquires product rights to the Distributed Voice Communication System
In August 2014, DLR GfR mbH acquired the product rights to the Distributed Voice Communication System DVCS 2010 from CAM Systems GmbH. This Voice Intercom System (VIS) is based on Voice over IP (VoIP) technology. It was developed to enable communication with a large number of users in parallel, such as in satellite control centres. On the basis of defined rules, users can listen in on voice loops and may also talk according to the authorisation level.
29.09.2014 – Galileo Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen takes over control of Galileo satellites Doresa and Milena
On 27–28 September 2014, the ESA Space Operations Centre ESOC in Darmstadt handed over the two Galileo satellites Doresa and Milena to the Galileo Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen. Both of the Galileo FOC (full operational capability) satellites will now be controlled from the centre and used for platform and payload tests.
23.08.2014 – Soyuz Galileo launch
Due to unfavourable weather conditions, the Soyuz rocket was launched a day late on 22 August from the European space port in Kourou. On board were the two first FOC satellites of the satellite manufacturer OHB. Contact with the satellites was established successfully by the ESA control centre in Darmstadt four hours after launch.
22.08.2014 – Milena and Doresa have joined the Galileo family
The European satellite navigation system Galileo has reached another milestone: Milena and Doresa, the fifth and sixth satellites of a group of 30, were launched from the European space port in Kourou (French Guiana) on board a Russian Soyuz rocket. The launch, which was delayed by one day, took place on 22 August 2014 at 2:27 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST), 9:27 a.m. local time. These are the two first Galileo satellites of the deployment phase. Four satellites have been in space since 2011 and 2012 for the in-orbit validation of the system.
12.08.2014 – DLR and Telespazio confirm responsibility for Galileo operations
On 1 August 2014, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Telespazio, a Finmeccanica/Thales company, confirmed their collaboration on the operation of the European satellite navigation programme Galileo.
28.07.2014 – ILA 2014
“Reliable, safe and secure aerospace services” – this was the motto under which DLR GfR mbH appeared once again at the ILA international aerospace exhibition in Berlin on 20–25 May. Around 227,000 visitors took the opportunity to find out more about the latest technological developments in the aerospace sector.
29.11.2013 – Galileo: Network for sensor stations completed
A total of 21 sensor stations for the European satellite navigation system Galileo are in use around the world. These are now fully connected to each other – thanks to a new antenna system at the Galileo Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen. The system reaches especially remote ground stations which are not connected to the international network by normal landlines. The new system was put into operation on 29 November 2013 by DLR GfR (Gesellschaft für Raumfahrtanwendungen mbH), a company of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). With the implementation of the network, the performance capacity of the Galileo Control Centre is now available to its full extent. DLR GfR developed and built the antenna system in a very short period of time on behalf of satellite manufacturer SES TechCom Services.
11.10.2012 – Deployment of Galileo continues
04.11.2011 – The Galileo Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen has taken over control of the first two Galileo satellites
04.07.2011 – The countdown begins for future use of Galileo
12.11.2010 – Operational contract for Galileo Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen
26.10.2010 – Contract signed for operation of Galileo satellites
24.11.2009 – First Galileo system test from the Galileo Control Centre Oberpfaffenhofen was successful
08.09.2008 – Handover of Galileo Control Centre at DLR
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