Overview of Galileo System

  • Javier Pérez Bartolomé
  • Xavier Maufroid
  • Ignacio Fernández Hernández
  • José A. López Salcedo
  • Gonzalo Seco Granados
Part of the Signals and Communication Technology book series (SCT, volume 182)


This chapter provides an introduction to the Galileo program and architecture. It starts by presenting the program context, rationale and history, including the early definition phases and test beds and the GIOVE experimental satellites. It then presents an overview of the Galileo services. Later, an architectural overview is provided, including the Galileo segments: the Space Segment, the Ground Mission Segment, and the Ground Control Segment. The chapter also provides a description of Galileo’s contribution to the Search And Rescue services through COSPAS/SARSAT, and finalizes with an overview of the user segment and highlighting interoperability and compatibility issues with other GNSS.


Global Navigation Satellite System Global Navigation Satellite System Global Navigation Satellite System Receiver Binary Offset Carrier Galileo Satellite 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier Pérez Bartolomé
    • 1
  • Xavier Maufroid
    • 1
  • Ignacio Fernández Hernández
    • 1
  • José A. López Salcedo
    • 2
  • Gonzalo Seco Granados
    • 2
  1. 1.European Commission, DG Enterprise and IndustryBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Universitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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