In 2011, the European Commission signed an historic Agreement with the Ministry of Public Works that established the location of the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) in the Madrid city of Torrejón de Ardoz, in the installations of the INTA. The centre is integrated into the European satellite navigation infrastructure and acts as a single interface between the infrastructure and the users of the Galileo open services (OS), commercial service (HAS and CAS) and search and rescue service (SAR).
The GSC is a centre that provides experts, know-how, evaluation of capability, distribution of information and support for the provision of value-added services provided by the Galileo system. From the start, Ineco has led the consortium responsible for the development of the GSC.
This project was executed for the European GNSS Agency (GSA), and it defined both the concept of operations as well as the procedures necessary to provide the services that the GSC offers to the users of Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system.
The Galileo system declared the “Initial Services” at the end of 2016, with an initial constellation of 18 satellites, which will be expanded to 30 in 2020, at which time the system will offer its optimum capabilities (FOC; Full Operational Capability).
Ineco has also focused heavily on Galileo, and is currently in an advantageous position in the Galileo Service Operator contract, supervising the operations and evolution of a system that will undoubtedly be a fundamental technology in our daily lives.