The acronym Galileo SEIOT is standing for Galileo IOV Signal characterisation and Extended In-Orbit Tests.
End of 2011 the first Galileo IOV satellites shall be launched. A further launch is planed to begin of 2012. The Galileo IOV satellites will be the first satellites in the Galileo program which synchronously transmit the operational Galileo signals in all three frequency bands. Aim of the project Galileo-SEIOT is the analysis of Galileo IOV satellites in terms of detailed signal characterization and Extended In-Orbit-Tests. In addition this analysis can only realized if new fully automatic calibration, measurement and analysis methods are developed. With the help of such kind of analysis and high precise measurements the institute gets a strong insight of the performance of Galileo in the future. The results are significant for research and lesson in the field of application and development of Galileo.
DLR GSOC operates a 30 meter antenna in Weilheim, which was modernized by a self-initiative of the institute since 2005 to allow excellent validation of navigation satellites. In parallel the needed analytical methods were developed within a project funded by the DLR space agency.
The institute was able to perform very successfully measurement campaigns of the validation of the Galileo test satellites GIOVE-A/B with high productive support of German Space Operations Centre (GSOC, Bodenstation Weilheim). With further development of analysis methods the institute obtains unique results. This leads to the result that both institutes are internationally accepted in the measurement and analysis of navigation systems. The European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission use this capability in bilateral cooperation. DLR is working together with ESA/EC in Galileo Signal Task Force (Galileo STF) and Galileo Working Group on Compatibility, Signals and Interoperability (Galileo CSI). Meanwhile the U.S. GPS Wing command is interested in the verification and characterisatoin of GPS the the working group. First common measurement campaigns are executed in this field.
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