ESA on track to sign LEO PNT contracts in early 2024, updates on Vega deployer anomaly that destroyed 2 cubesats

by Peter B. de Selding

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — The European Space Agency (ESA) is on track to sign contracts in early 2024 for a constellation of positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) satellites in low Earth orbit to complement the current Galileo constellation in medium-Earth orbit, the head of ESA’s navigation directorate said.

Javier Benedicto, speaking Oct. 19 during an ESA briefing on the Oct. 18-19 meeting of its ruling council, said the agency is still “in the middle of the procurement phase” for its LEO PNT program, which was approved by ESA governments in November 2022.

The agency expects to . . .

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