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ESA, German state of Hessen establish joint Galileo incubator centre

17 February 2006

A joint ESA/Hessen State press conference today announced the establishment of the ‘Hessen Galileo Centre’ to provide information on the Galileo satellite navigation system and offer services for start-ups and other companies wishing to develop Galileo applications.

The centre will be set up by ESA’s Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt and the State government of Hessen. The idea to establish the Hessen Galileo Centre (HGC) was confirmed in a comprehensive feasibility study, which was commissioned in July 2005 by the state of Hessen and ESOC.

Galileo is the new global satellite navigation system operated by Europe and is due to enter service in the 2010 timeframe. Galileo will provide highly accurate and guaranteed positioning and navigation services for a wide variety of applications.

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