Galileo is Europe’s global navigation satellite system, or GNSS. Owned by the European Union, it is a joint initiative of the European Commission, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Established in the late ’nineties with the goal of setting up an independent, resilient European satellite navigation system, Galileo now provides a dependable, precise global navigation, positioning and timing service and will soon enter a new phase in its development, with a second generation of satellites.

Fully interoperable with other GNSS systems, Galileo is made up of three segments.

The role of Telespazio

Telespazio and its subsidiaries and joint ventures play a prominent role in both the ground segment and the user segment of Galileo.


The Galileo Ground Segment

To manage orbiting satellites and guarantee navigation, positioning and timing services for users all over the world, Galileo relies on a vast and complex ground infrastructure on a global scale.

At the heart of the system are two ground control centres, (GCC), at Telespazio’s Fucino Space Centre in Abruzzo, Italy and in Oberpfaffenhofen, near Munich, Germany.

The two centres host both the Galileo Control Segment (GCS), concerned with operation of the orbiting constellation of satellites in space, and the Galileo Mission Segment (GMS), responsible for the generation, deployment and global monitoring of navigation, positioning and timing signals as well as management of a network of about forty stations. 

The Fucino GCC is an infrastructure measuring approximately 6000 square metres, built with contributions from the Region of Abruzzo, containing a main control room and about ten more integrated control rooms under round-the-clock supervision by highly qualified personnel.