The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) has selected Eutelsat Communications for the development, integration and operation of the next-generation EGNOS payload on a future Eutelsat satellite.
Eutelsat and GSA have concluded a long-term contract valued at €102 million covering the preparation and service provision phases for the EGNOS GEO-3 payload that will be hosted on the EUTELSAT 5 West B satellite that is due for launch end of 2018.
The new payload marks a replenishment of current EGNOS capacity and is scheduled to start service in 2019 for a duration of 15 years.
With the addition of the EGNOS payload, Eutelsat is further optimising the EUTELSAT 5 West B satellite that was commissioned in October 2016 on a design-to-cost basis from Airbus Defence and Space and Orbital ATK.
EGNOS is a European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service that acts as an augmentation service to Global Positioning Systems to improve the accuracy and reliability of positioning information.
The EGNOS GEO-3 payload on EUTELSAT 5 West B will comprise two L-band transponders that will act as an augmentation, or overlay to GNSS messages.
Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world's leading and most experienced operators of communications satellites.