CNESMAG 92 – Galileo: A constellation of services

CNESMAG 92 – Galileo: A constellation of services

In this issue of CNESMAG we look at the contributions of France and CNES to Egnos and Galileo, 2 European systems. In the field of satellite navigation, France has proved itself an outstanding performer and an innovative and resolutely European player.

The 92th issue of CNESMAG is dedicated to the Galileo constellation and French contributions to this European system.

Editorial of Marie-Claude Salomé, CNES Director of Communications :

First conceived in the United States over 60 years ago through the TRANSIT military project, satellite-based navigation is today an essential global resource. The civil services it enables have been adopted on a massive scale by citizens and businesses alike, who rely on them to fix their position in space and time at any moment. Europe decided 20 years ago to secure its technical, economic and strategic sovereignty with this apparently simple yet vital service. Today, thanks to Galileo and EGNOS, it can call on a range of high-quality services, and more now in development are on the way.
In this issue of CNESMAG we look at the contributions of France and CNES to these two European systems: the invention of Galileo’s signals, operation of the search-and-rescue service, global verification of navigation performance and industrial infrastructure developments to name a few. We’ll also discover ambitious projects pushing the boundaries of technology and demonstrating the feasibility and benefits of new concepts like services underpinned by constellations in low Earth orbit. In the field of satellite navigation, France has proved itself an outstanding performer and an innovative and resolutely European player. I hope you enjoy reading the magazine.

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