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ESA’s Navigation Facility ready for the future

29 June 2006

Navigation Facility Navigation Facility Drawing

ESA’s recently opened Navigation Facility has fast become a world-class provider of highly accurate navigation information, significantly enhancing data from cornerstone systems including GPS, EGNOS and – soon – Galileo.

In full operation since February 2006, ESA’s Navigation Facility, located at ESOC, the European Space Operations Centre, is producing a growing series of processed data products providing some of the world’s most accurate orbit and clock calculations related to GNSS, or global navigation satellite systems.

These consist of America’s well-known GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) system, Russia’s GLONASS system and, soon, Europe’s own Galileo system.

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