Spain: Indra Technology, a Spanish company, is supporting the management and control of the two new Galileo satellites launched on October 12. Under the technical supervision of the European Space Agency, the multinational has developed key stations and elements of the ground segment of the European global positioning system.
Moreover, Indra is expanding this infrastructure to enable it to control the 30 satellites that will form part of the system once full operational capacity is reached. The company has won contracts worth EUR 20m for this.
Indra was one of the companies involved in the development and implementation of the network of stations for the management of the first two In-Orbit Validation satellites launched into space in 2011.
The company was responsible for the commissioning of the Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TTC) stations at Kourou (French Guiana) and Kiruna (Sweden). Over this first year, these stations have monitored the position of the satellites in orbit and sent the orders to control them.
Indra also developed the 10 uplink stations that send navigation and integrity messages to the satellites. Moreover, it provided the processing systems for the central computer of the Galileo Sensor Stations (GSSs). This verification will allow the data to be used in critical operations planned for the future such as air navigation.
In order to prepare the ground segment for managing the entire constellation of Galileo satellites, Indra is currently working on the development of two new Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TTC) stations, under contract with Astrium UK, to be deployed at Nouméa (New Caledonia) and Réunion. The company will also be responsible for the maintenance of all the TTC stations.
Furthermore, Indra is working on the development of 11 other processing systems for the sensor stations, under contract with Thales Alenia Space, and will be responsible for their software maintenance and development. This new order has increased the number of processing systems developed by Indra to over 40.