After the successful launch of the first two Galileo satellites in 2011, the deployment of the European satellite navigation system Galileo is continuing. On 12 October 2012 at 8:15 p.m. CET, the next two Galileo satellites (David and Sif) will be launched from the Kourou space port in French Guiana. The satellites belonging to the European satellite navigation system will be sent into space on a Soyuz carrier rocket.
The Galileo system is controlled on behalf of the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) by the control centre in Oberpfaffenhofen and its Italian partner centre in Fucino, near Rome. The control centre in Oberpfaffenhofen is primarily responsible for satellite management and is therefore an important operational hub for Galileo. It is equipped with highly advanced systems, with which it meets the exacting requirements on the Galileo infrastructure. Reliable systems and a well-coordinated, experienced operations team will ensure fault-free operation over the next 20 years.