Thermal vacuum test successfully completed for the Galileo-FOC satellite

The first FOC satellite in the future European navigation system Galileo has mastered the most difficult of all the environmental impact tests.

Over a period of four weeks, the satellite known as “Doresa” was tested under the most severe space conditions imaginable in the thermal vacuum chamber at European Test Services ETS, completing the tests with great success, as the OHB team reported today from Nordwijk in the Netherlands.

ETS operates the testing facilities. OHB System is the industrial prime contractor responsible for the total of 22 Galileo FOC satellites and installed the equipment specifically required for testing the satellite system in the thermal chamber.

“Thanks to the good collaboration between the participating industrial teams, ETS and the experts at the European Space Agency ESA as our customer, it has been possible to complete the entire thermal vacuum testing campaign successfully,” says Dr. Ingo Engeln, the member of OHB’s Management Board responsible for Galileo.

The second FOC satellite “Milena” was mechanically qualified in October for launching on board a Soyuz rocket. This mechanical qualification test included also separation and shock tests from a representative launcher interface.

 “Adam” and “Anastasia” - the third and fourth Galileo FOC satellites - are currently undergoing function testing at OHB’s clean rooms in Bremen, after which they will be shipped to the testing center in ESTEC, Nordwijk.  The production of the next satellites is also advancing at the OHB production site in Bremen.

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