Indra has just been awarded a contract for the deployment in Papeete (French Polynesia) of a new Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TT&C) Station, which will expand the ground segment of the European global positioning system, Galileo. This contract was awarded by the company Airbus Defence and Space in the UK, under a programme of and funded by the European Union. The project also includes the maintenance and evolution of all TT&C stations until 2016 for a global amount of €7.3M.
The new station in Papeete will enhance Galileo's ground segment so that it can assume the control of a constellation of satellites that will grow from 8 currently in orbit to 30 satellites in 2020, upon the system's completion.
Indra has won this contract after having implemented the entire current network of TT&C and Uplink stations, which manage the satellites of the Galileo system. The ground stations, together with the control centers in Germany and Italy, are the ground segment's key components.
Specifically, Indra already deployed four Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TT&C) Stations that are currently in operation. These stations track the position of the orbiting satellites and transmit commands for their control. Furthermore, the company supplied the 10 Uplink Stations (ULS) that send the navigation message to the Galileo satellites.
These stations are deployed worldwide to guarantee their capacity for sending and receiving data from any satellite at any time, regardless of their position. Amongst other places, they are located in Kourou (French Guiana), Kiruna (Sweden), Nouméa (New Caledonia), Réunion Island (overseas department of France) or Svalbard (Norway).
Besides, Indra is responsible of the Core Computers and the Processing and Control SW of the network of Sensor Stations (GSS) that monitors the signals broadcast by the Galileo satellites; these GSS stations are deployed in more than 15 sites all over the world.
The continuous availability and reliability of critical services, like search and rescue - one of the initially provided by Galileo - depend upon the correct performance of the ground stations. More services will be provided in the future, related to a diversity of sectors, such as transport, navigation, security of critical infrastructures or construction, to name just a few.
To date, Galileo is the most ambitious space initiative promoted by the European Commission and the European Space Agency. Indra has participated in the development of the entire ground infrastructure since the project's early phases. The quality of the developments completed has made Indra to be an important partner within this complex international program.
The knowledge acquired by Indra since its participation in the program began over a decade ago places the company in an unbeatable position for taking advantage of the business opportunities that will arise when the system is launched and end clients demand the related services.
Date: Jun 16, 2015