Dutch solar panels for Galileo satellites

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Dutch Space has been awarded a 20-million-euro contract for the supply of solar panels for 14 satellites of the European satellite navigation system Galileo.

The company, which used to be a subsidiary of former Dutch aircraft manufacturer Fokker, also landed an order worth 30 million euros for the development of an earth observation instrument intended to measure air quality and global levels of greenhouse gasses. The instrument is expected to provide crucial information about global air pollution and climate change.

Dutch Space is the main contractor for the construction of the earth observation instrument, which was commissioned by the European Space Agency. In developing the instrument, the company will join forces with independent research organisation TNO and KNMI, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute.

The contracts will be signed in the presence of Economic Affairs Minister Maxime Verhagen. Dutch Space Director Bart Reijen said the order was secured following Dutch Space also supplied the solar panels installed on the first five Galileo satellites.



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