Budget The European Space Agency’s industrial policy and navigation programme committees have given the go-ahead for additional financing of Galileo’s first industrial phase, which will see four satellites placed into orbit to assess the system’s key technologies. In its full deployment stage, the Galileo constellation will consist of 30 satellites, with the operational roll-out expected at the end of 2010. One of the first satellites, integrated by Alcatel Alenia Space in its Rome facility, will be launched early in 2006.

Source: Flight International