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Re: Galileo project.

Hello Chris / Group (G3ltf for info)
I'm sure we all wish SSTL well with its continued expansion and involvement  
in  prestigious projects like Galileo.
However, some caution is required as the Galileo project is not  without 
1) The projects E6 transmission channel is located between 1260 and  1300MHz.
In 2003 the WARC made this an allocation with primary status and with no  
power flux density limits.
The Galileo system uses spread spectrum and currently specifies a low  
overall power density at the Earths surface.  However I wonder what the  effect will 
be on the L band receivers of satellites like Eagle and P3E on  1269MHz as 
they pass close by the Galileo constellation at 23,600km?
In close proximity the E6 transmissions will have some detrimental effect.  
They would certainly raise the noise floor and cause a higher power drain on 
the  transponders.
>From the ESA site....
"consists of 30 satellites (27 operational + 3 spares), positioned in three  
circular Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) planes at 23616 km altitude above the Earth, 
 and at an inclination to the orbital planes of 56 degrees with reference to 
the  equatorial plane."
2) There is a report that this is a joint project with China ($259m). Not  
universally popular.
3) In the UK there has just been an announcement that our government is  
planning a road pricing scheme based on paying by the mile. Price dependant on  
time you drive and the route.  It is highly likely this will be one of the  
services provided by Galileo.
So, I make that a rather smaller 'hooray'  from me.
David   G0MRF
In a message dated 11/06/2005 03:58:24 GMT Standard Time,  
owner-AMSAT-BB-digest@AMSAT.Org writes:

From:  ChrisGW6KZZ@aol.com
Subject: [amsat-bb] Fwd: [esa_general] Galileo test  satellites six months 
from launch

Congratulations to Prof.Martin  Sweeting, Chris G7UPN/ZL2TPO and all at  SSTL 
on the new satellites  in development for ESA test bed version 2 satellites  
be built and  launched within six months. 

Details are now published on  the ESA  web site below:

Good luck with  the launches and  operations.................................
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