The European Commission (EC) will order only 22 of 28 satellites needed for full operation of the Galileo satellite navigation system, leaving the remaining six to be purchased later. Company officials from OHB System, which is bidding for the so-called Full Operating Capability (FOC) spacecraft award with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd against an Astrium/Thales Alenia Space team, say the framework contract for the award will cover all 28 units, which includes two spares, but only an ...


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