The paper reviews some objectives and preparatory activities of the International GNSS Service (IGS), in relation to the developing European Global Navigation Satellite System Galileo. Experience already acquired in the IGS in monitoring multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS and GLONASS) is reviewed. Some significant features of the Galileo system are outlined, including constellation design, and some areas are identified in which Galileo will influence IGS operations in the future and in which the IGS and its active elements can continue to contribute to new GNSS developments. These include the IGS GNSS Working Group, the Galileo System Test Bed GSTB-V2 and the Galileo Geodetic Service Provider (GGSP) Prototype.
ESA/European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany
IGS Central Bureau, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
Technical University, Vienna, Austria
GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Germany
Published in Advances in Space Research, Volume 39, Issue 10, 2007, Pages 1545–1551
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