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Opening of the reference field

The Competence Center has been founded at the 26th march 2015 in Wegberg – Wildenrath on the huge "SIEMENS Prüf- und Validationscenters PCW". Its equal partners are the public business promotion company AGIT GmbH, Aachen and the private GEOSAT GmbH – system house for GNSS, a member of the GEOHAUS Group, Muelheim/Ruhr.
The center stands for the value chain of the business promotion: method next service next service product next industrial product.
It puts at its clients disposal:

  • the dynamic use of GNSS,
  • the railway as a quasi-invariant in space,
  • the gang car as a dynamic platform for the generation of measuring data,
  • virtual data space for the provision of results,
  • the scientific-technical experience of its employees.

The center shall be a cooperation partner for research, economy and government providing a technical and numerical basis and consultation. Independent opinions and solutions for questions coming from Justice, consumer protection will be worked off.


As a result of the activities in the European project of Galil-EU (www.galil-eu.eu), the GEOHAUS Consortium was founded with the participation of GEOsat GmbH. The Consortium agreed a tight cooperation with the Russian Novosibirsk State University.

The two-days-conference was held at first on the RailGate in Wegberg showing the new gang car and the 2nd day as an innovation dialogue at ZENIT in Muelheim an der Ruhr with the highwatermark of signing procedure before noon. Prof. Karpik reported descriptively about his university with nearly 10.000 students and its capabilities for international cooperation. He expressed the hope, that it will not be disturbed from outside.
In the afternoon the consortium partners, amplified by the partner Fraunhofer IMS, in three blocks talked about the GNSS technologies, street and rail infrastructure and new applications. Roland Schuster (DLR Göttingen) explained the possibilities of the acoustic and he reported about the activities of DLR Braunschweig in terms of rail – technology.

On Friday, August 22nd, 2014, at 14.27:11 (CET), the first launch of Galileo's Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites took place at the European Space Port of Kourou (French Guyana). These satellites, manufactured by the German company OHB, were meant to rejoin the current 4 of the In-Orbit Validation phase, which are in orbit already and were used to conduct tests and validate technical solutions.
Unfortunately, the orbit injection didn't occur as planned and the satellites did not reach their intended orbital position.
The European Commission has requested Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA) to provide full details of the incident, together with a schedule and an action plan to rectify the problem.
On the 21.08.2014 the EU's satellite navigation programme Galileo signed a €500 million agreement with Arianespace which will bring an operational Galileo service much closer. The agreement to provide three Ariane-5 launchers will reduce the EU's use of external parties for placing its Galileo satellites into orbit - another step on the road to the EU's goal to secure independent access to space. As the launchers are manufactured in the EU this is also a win for European business. The Ariane-5 launcher will carry four satellites at a time into orbit, twice the capacity of the current launchers and will start to be used in 2015. The number of launches needed for the full set of satellites required for commercial operations will therefore decrease.


Quelle: EU/ESA

Testgelände WildenrathGNSS reference and calibration field: a dedicated terminal loop with a length of about 550 m has been selected inside the railGATE facility at the SIEMENS Prüf- und Validationcenter (PCW) Wegberg-Wildenrath, Germany. Six referenced observation poles are being set up along the tracks carrying laser scanners or tachymeters in order to form a precise geodesic observation network. A special designed electrical driven rail vehicle (gang car) is being built as transportation platform to carry the measurement equipment as well as the devices under test (DUT). While the vehicle is driving along the geodetic surveyed tracks the entire system forms a quasi 3D-invariant in space.

gang car

With this reference configuration any kind of positioning unit like GNSS receivers etc. can be tested even dynamically at an adjustable constant speed up to 25 km/h or even under accelerations. Beside of being part of the 3D-reference system, the vehicle will also be integrated into the well-defined environment of the railGATE facility by using the Galileo pseudolites system. Finally, inertial sensors (INS) are also mounted to the vehicle so all forces and accelerations can be measured at any time in any direction with time- and position-stamps along the test drive. Already we have received first registrations.
More information www.galil-eu.eu