Oberpfaffenhofen – The Federal Minister for Transport, Building and Urban Development, Dr Peter Ramsauer, recently visited the Galileo Control Centre at DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen where he was provided information about the European satellite navigation system Galileo.
Visit by the Federal Minister for Transport, Building and Urban Development, Dr Peter Ramsauer
Professor Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the DLR Executive Board, explained: “The opportunities presented by Galileo lie in the various possibilities for using the navigation signals. The time has now come to generate specific applications from the variety of opportunities. With the launch of the first operational satellites on 20 October 2011, the countdown for their use has begun.” The core area of use is in the transportation sector. Within this area of application, the DLR Institute of Communications and Navigation presented the RCAS project (Railway Collision Avoidance System) to the Federal Minister. Using Galileo, information on position, speed and other important factors can be exchanged in direct train-to-train communications. This information can be analysed by other rail vehicles to detect the risk of possible collision.
AZO also presented specific examples of use
The Oberpfaffenhofen Application Centre (AZO) also presented an example of a specific application. The AZO, financed by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the Bavarian Ministry of Economics, operates the ESA Business Incubation Center at Oberpfaffenhofen. In cooperation with partners it supports company start-ups with the commercial use of satellite navigation, satellite communications and Earth observation.
In the future, Galileo will be controlled by the control centre in Oberpfaffenhofen and its Italian partner centre in Fucino, near Rome. “Reliable control of the satellites is the basis for successful applications,” emphasised Walter Päffgen, Director of the Galileo Control Centre. “The control centre is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure. This meets the high demands placed on the Galileo infrastructure and will guarantee fault-free operation for the next 20 years,” continued Päffgen.
The Galileo Control Centre is operational with immediate effect
Galileo is a joint initiative between the European Union (EU) and the European Space Agency (ESA). The programme is financed with EU funding.
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