The construction of the European satellite navigation system Galileo goes on, following the successful launch of the first two Galileo satellites in 2011. On October 12, 2012, at 8: 15 p.m. central European time, the next two Galileo satellites (David and Sif) will be launched from the spaceport Kourou, French Guiana. The satellites of the European satellite navigation system will be brought by a Soyuz launch vehicle into space.
The Galileo system is controlled by the control centre in Oberpfaffenhofen and his partner Center Fucino near Rome under contract with the European Commission and the European Space Agency ESA,. The control centre in Oberpfaffenhofen is primarily responsible for the satellite control and takes over with that an important role for the operation of Galileo. It is equipped with modern facilities and thus meets the high requirements for the Galileo infrastructure. Reliable systems and a well-coordinated and experienced operation team builds the basis for smooth operation over the next 20 years.