The growth of the Galileo programme, the European satellite navigation and localization system, has extended the activities of the Fucino-based Control Centre and required the creation of new control rooms and operational areas.
In this new configuration, which is already operational, the Italian GCC has now 30 control rooms and 40 equipment rooms. At full capacity, the control centre will be operated by approximately 200 specialists. Built in 12 months by Telespazio, the new infrastructure covers a surface area of about 1400 square meters, bringing the Galileo Control Centre to a total area of 6000 square meters.
The ceremony was attended by Marco Marsilio, President of the Abruzzo Region, Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), Luigi Pasquali, Coordinator of Leonardo’s Space Activities and CEO of Telespazio, and Marco Folino, CEO of Spaceopal.
“With billions of users of the European Union satellite navigation system, Galileo and its central role for the sustainable development of the EU, it is essential to maintain and develop Galileo reliability and efficiency. It is our mission in EUSPA as an operational agency of the European Union together with our partners. This new extension in Italy is part of Galileo development thus it is essential.”
Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director of EUSPA
“We are pleased that the growth of Galileo, the European Union’s leading space programme, has enabled us to expand the Italian Control Centre at Fucino, the system’s heart alongside its German counterpart. The expansion of this infrastructure will ensure full reliability and efficiency for Galileo’s ground segment, with the aim of providing optimal service to 2.3 billion users worldwide. We are extremely proud that this inauguration is taking place right here, 60 years after the establishment of Telespazio, as it was in Fucino that the company took its first steps in the pioneering sector of satellite communications”.
Luigi Pasquali, Coordinator of Leonardo's Space activities and CEO of Telespazio
The Italian Galileo Control Centre, operating with that in Germany in Oberpfaffenhofen (Munich), manages the satellite constellation and the Galileo programme’s mission. Moreover, the Italian Centre was entrusted with security operations for the entire Galileo system, including the activities required to ensure the integrity, confidentiality and authenticity of the navigation and positioning signal.
Both centres are managed by Spaceopal (a joint venture of Telespazio and DLR/GFR), on behalf of EUSPA, responsible for operation and integrated logistics of the entire Galileo system, the management of the global communication network as well as the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) starting with the launch of the next two satellites.
“The evolution of Galileo's Hosting services, which we are celebrating today with the inauguration of the new building of the Italian GCC, is one of the many expressions of the multi-year agreement through which Spaceopal, with great commitment and pride, is delighted to support EUSPA in successfully conducting a programme as important as Galileo. This evolution marks a further step towards the system’s full operational capacity. For my part, my heartfelt thanks go to EUSPA for the trust placed in us and to Telespazio for the valuable contribution provided”.
Marco Folino, CEO of Spaceopal.