ESA to propose launching small positioning/navigation satellites with R&D payloads once every three years

by Peter B. de Selding

NOORDWIJK, Netherlands — The European Space Agency (ESA) will ask its governments in 2022 to fund the launch, every three years, of a small positioning, navigation and timing satellite to carry science-related navigation payloads.

ESA Navigation Director Paul Verhoef said the proposed GNSS Science program’s early missions will include precise location measurements for Earth observation, telecommunications or other satellites in orbit. The program will be in the package of proposals made to ESA governments at a ministerial conference scheduled for late 2022.

The 22-nation ESA . . .

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