Airbus has officially commenced the full-scale production of the Galileo Second Generation (G2) satellites, a significant milestone in the evolution of the European Global Navigation Satellite System. The production process is underway at the Airbus facility in Friedrichshafen, Germany, marking a new phase in the Galileo program.
The first satellite Flight Model structure, a critical component of the G2 satellites, has been received from Beyond Gravity in Zurich. This initial step lays the groundwork for subsequent phases, where these panels will be distributed to other Airbus sites across Europe for further integration and testing, before returning to Friedrichshafen for final assembly and testing.
Jean-Marc Nasr, Head of Space Systems at Airbus, expressed his enthusiasm about this progression. "After the successful design phase we are now kicking off production in earnest of the state-of-the-art Galileo G2 satellites. Our teams in Friedrichshafen are working with engineers across Europe to meet the challenging schedule and finalize these sophisticated satellites which will further improve the global Galileo system opening up even more opportunities for services on Earth."
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