Galileo satellites achieve first airborne tracking

Galileo satellites achieve first airborne tracking

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France: ESA’s Galileo satellites have achieved their very first aerial fix of longitude, latitude and altitude, enabling the inflight tracking of a test aircraft. The first aerial tracking using Galileo marks the first time ever that Europe has been able to determine the position of an aircraft using only its own independent navigation system. This milestone took place on a Fairchild Metro-II above Gilze-Rijen Air Force Base in the Netherlands. The aerial campaign was a joint effort by ESA and the National Aerospace Laboratory of the Netherlands, NLR, with the support of Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, and LVNL, the Dutch Air Navigation Service Provider.

Source: Redorbit