New Galileo satellites seen from Torino, Italy

As stated by the European GNSS Agency "On 11 February 2019, the four satellites launched from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on July 25 2018, were put into service following the completion of the relevant commissioning activities. This means that the Galileo constellation is now providing services with 22 satellites. ... Thanks to the addition of four more satellites to the Galileo constellation, users will be able to reap the high accuracy benefits of multi-constellation capacity, but it goes further than that, according to Rodrigo da Costa, Galileo Services Programme Manager at the GSA. “Today we finished the testing characterization of the satellites that were launched last July,” da Costa said. “The satellites are now ready to provide services to users, and with 22 satellites now in operation users will not only be able to benefit from Galileo signals in combination with other constellations, but the possibility of using Galileo as a stand-alone service also increases.” "

At the moment, further twelve Galileo satellites are under construction. GPS World underlines that the next Galileo launch is schedule for 2020, the same year that Full Operational Capability is set to start.

Today, February the14th, our researchers were able to track two of the new satellites with our NGene software receiver.