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LEO will support Galileo GPS Space Project

Microlease’s LEO asset management solution will manage maintenance services for the ground station assets at Oberpfaffenhofen satellite control centre.

Microlease, the leading test equipment rental and asset management organisation, has been awarded an open-ended contract to supply its newly-acquired LEO asset management service and support software for Europe’s own global navigation satellite system.

The Galileo programme, which is managed by the European Space Agency (ESA) on behalf of the European Union, has been designed to provide an accurate, guaranteed global positioning service. When it is complete, ESA Galileo will comprise a global network of 30 satellites providing precise timing and location information to users both on the ground and in the air.

Hamilton Hall Consultants, the Hampshire-based asset management software specialist acquired by Microlease in April, was first invited to demonstrate the scope and functionality of the LEO solution to major stakeholders in the ESA Galileo project, including SpaceOpal, T-Systems, and Vitrociset Belgium.

Following the completion of a series of systems acceptance tests, it was confirmed that LEO would be deployed to create and co-ordinate the planned maintenance programme for worldwide Ground Control assets in the ESA Galileo Project. Specifically, the solution will hold data for the ground station assets at the Galileo control centre in Oberpfaffenhofen, Bavaria and at other sites deployed across the globe.

"We are delighted that LEO asset service management software has been chosen to serve the ESA Galileo Programme," says Elizabeth Hall of Hamilton Hall Consultants Ltd.

"The solution is ideal for this application and has been configured to maintain the build standard or configuration of the assets throughout the maintenance programme. LEO will also hold and manage all spares needed to support the operational maintenance of the assets."

Microlease CEO Nigel Brown added: "The fact that the LEO Asset Management solution was selected for this significant international project is testament to its advanced functionality. This is just one example of a growing trend amongst firms in a range of sectors to optimise the efficiency of their assets."

The Microlease/Hamilton Hall LEO Galileo contract is carried out under a programme of and funded by the European Union. The LEO tool has been procured under funding of the European Union. The views expressed in this document can in no way be construed as reflecting the official opinion of the European Union and/or of the European Space Agency.

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