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galileo - the serial-production ait challengeThe Galileo Project is one of the most demanding projects of ESA, being Europe's autarkic navigation system and a constellation composed of 30 satellites. This presentation points out the different phases of the project up to the full operational capability and the corresponding launch options with respect to launch vehicles as well as launch configurations. One of the biggest challenges is to set up a small serial 'production line' for the overall integration and test campaign of satellites. This production line demands an optimization of all relevant tasks, taking into account also backup and recovery actions. A comprehensive AIT concept is required, reflecting a tightly merged facility layout and work flow design. In addition a common data management system is needed to handle all spacecraft related documentation and to have a direct input-out flow for all activities, phases and positions at the same time. Process optimization is a well known field of engineering in all small high tech production lines, nevertheless serial production of satellites are still not the daily task in space business and therefore new concepts have to be put in place. Therefore, and in order to meet the satellites overall system optimization, a thorough interface between unit/subsystem manufacturing and satellite AIT must be realized to ensure a smooth flow and to avoid any process interruption, which would directly lead to a schedule impact.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Ragnit, Ulrike
(European Space Agency Germany)
Brunner, Otto
(European Space Agency Germany)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
September 22, 2008
Publication Information
Publication: 25th Space Simulation Conference. Environmental Testing: The Earth-Space Connection
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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