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Galileo passes muster

Europe’s satellite navigation system has successfully completed its first “position fix”, confirming the system is working as it should.

The Galileo system consists of ground stations around Europe, control centres in Italy and Germany, and the four Galileo satellites currently in orbit. On the morning of 12 March the system returned the longitude, latitude and altitude for a location at Estec, Esa’s technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

“From the historical perspective, this is the first time ever that Europe has been able to determine a position on the ground using only its own independent navigation system Galileo,” said ESA’s Galileo project manager Javier Benedicto.

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