Antarctica gets first satellite terminal
Installed as part of Europe’s Galileo global satellite navigation programme
The continent of Antarctica now has its first satellite terminal, installed as part of Europe's ambitious global positioning system (GPS) programme.
BT Group set up the‘Ice Station Troll' in one of the world's coldest and windiest locations for the European Commission's ‘Galileo' endeavour that aims to provide a highly accurate, guaranteed GPS under civilian control.
Planning for the Troll began two years ago to ensure that the firm was able to execute it during the short ‘good weather' window in November, with the project eventually concluding in February 2010.
When fully deployed, the Galileo system will consist of 30 satellites and associated ground infrastructure - interoperable with American GPS.
The European Commission estimates that three of the five services offered by the system - the Open Service, the Public Regulated Service and the Search And Rescue Service - will be provided by early 2014, while the Safety-of-Life Service and Commercial Service will be tested that same year and provided once the system reaches full operational capability.