The official inauguration of the Galileo Reference Centre took place on 16 May 2018 in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The Centre represents another crucial Galileo Programme element now in place, supporting the provision of services to the core system and its users.
Speaking at the Galileo Reference Centre (GRC) inauguration event in Noordwijk Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s DG GROW said, “I love the slogan: ‘Linking Space and User Needs’. This is exactly what we want – new services based on space systems, bringing these services to new consumers, which means economic growth and more jobs for European citizens.”
GRC Manager Peter Buist provided a clear description of the Centre’s mission:
- Performing independent monitoring and assessment of Galileo service provision;
- Assessing, when feasible, the compatibility and interoperability of Galileo vis-a-vis other GNSS;
- Providing service performance expertise to the Programme;
- Supporting investigations of service performance and service degradations;
- Providing an archiving service for performance data over the nominal operational lifetime of the system; and
- Integrating data and products from EU Member States, and Norway and Switzerland.