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Procurement Of Full Galileo System Begins

Close up view, of the payload fairing of the Soyuz-Fregat launcher carrying ESA's GIOVE-B satellite, on the launch pad in Baikonour, Kazakhstan, on April 25, 2008. Credits: ESA - S. Corvaja 2008
by Staff Writers
Paris, France (ESA) Jul 02, 2008
The European Commission - with the support of ESA - has launched the procurement of Galileo, a global navigation system composed of 30 dedicated navigation satellites and a ground infrastructure with the main control centres in Europe and a network of dedicated stations deployed around the world.

The overall programme objective for Galileo is the deployment, by 2013, of a European navigation system providing five main services, namely the Open Service, the Safety of Life Service, the Commercial Service, the Public Regulated Service, and the Search and Rescue Service.

Political decisions made by the European Parliament and the Council last year resulted in the allocation of a budget for the European satellite navigation programmes EGNOS and Galileo (3.4 billion euros for the period 2007-2013) and provided for an agreement on the governance structure of the programmes.

This framework provides for the deployment of the Full Operational Capability (FOC) of Galileo under a public procurement scheme, entirely financed out of the European Community budget. The European Commission (EC) acts as programme manager and contracting authority and ESA acts as its procurement and design agent.

The procurement initiated today includes the following six work packages:

- system support

- ground mission segment

- ground control segment

- space segment (satellites)

- launch services

- operations

The procurement of the Galileo infrastructure is particularly complex. To this end, the EC has opted for the procurement procedure of 'Competitive Dialogue' as set out in the EC Financial Regulation Implementing Rules.

The main steps of the competitive dialogue procedure will be organised and managed by ESA in its capacity as delegated procurement agent, in close coordination with the European Commission as contracting authority.

European Commission Vice-President in charge of transport Antonio Tajani, declared: "By launching this procurement, we are preparing to launch Galileo into a new era where space age technology brings down-to-earth benefits for every citizen and business in Europe.

With Galileo, the European Union will buy a state-of the-art satellite navigation system which will increase economic efficiency and reduce congestion and energy consumption throughout the transport sector. That means boosting growth and jobs and helping to tackle climate change, while also making daily life safer and easier".

The overall programme objective for Galileo is the deployment, by 2013, of a European navigation system providing signals that offer a total of five main services, namely the Open Service, the Safety of Life Service, the Commercial Service, the Public Regulated Service, and the Search and Rescue Service.

The European Parliament and the Council have allocated a budget of 3.4 billion euros for the European satellite navigation programmes EGNOS and Galileo for the period 2007-2013 and provided for an agreement on the governance structure of the programmes.

This revised framework provides for the deployment of the full operational capability (FOC) of Galileo under a public procurement scheme, entirely financed out of the EU budget.

The scope of the present Contract Notice, published in the EU Official Journal today, consists of the procurement of the following six work packages: system support; ground mission segment; ground control segment; space segment (satellites); launch services; and operations. This procurement complements the In-Orbit-Validation contract placed by ESA for the first four satellites and associated ground control infrastructure.

The procurement of the Galileo infrastructure is particularly complex and will have to address many technical and highly sensitive issues. To this end, the European Commission and ESA have opted for the procurement procedure of "Competitive Dialogue" as set up in the EC Financial Regulation Implementing Rules.

This procedure will be implemented in line with the political instructions of the Council and European Parliament, as set out in the GNSS Implementing Regulation that will enter into force shortly.

In the first phase of the procedure, interested entities may submit to ESA a "Request to Participate" and will be short-listed on the basis of pre-defined selection and exclusion criteria. The selected candidates will then be invited to the dialogue phase, representing the formal kick off of the second phase of the tendering process.

The competitive dialogue procedure will be organised and managed by the European Space Agency as delegated procurement agent, in close coordination with the European Commission as contracting authority.

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