From November 2010 until end of June 2017, Spaceopal has been the Prime Contractor responsible for Galileo operations under the Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) Operations Framework contract, regulated by two control centres through a worldwide network of ground stations.
Since July 1, 2017, after a 2-year long international competitive tender, ran by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), Spaceopal GmbH will continue to operate the Galileo satellite fleet under the Galileo Service Operator (GSOp) contract and will thus ensure the provision of the Galileo services to the worldwide community.
Since the end of 2016, Galileo Initial Service is available and Spaceopal is actively supporting the completion of the system to expend the services up to full operational capability by 2020.
The fully established constellation and infrastructure of Galileo consists of 30 satellites distributed over three orbits, approx. 20 sensor stations for monitoring the navigation signals, two satellite control centres – one each in Oberpfaffenhofen (Bavaria, Germany) and in Fucino (Abruzzo, Italy), the GNSS Service Center in Torrejón de Ardoz (Spain), several mission-uplink stations and satellite control transmitting stations. As Service Operator of the Galileo system, Spaceopal GmbH provides high-quality navigation and timing for users worldwide.