Galileo Joint Undertaking – GJU

The Galileo Joint Undertaking (GJU) has been set up by the European Commission and European Space Agency to manage the development phase of the Galileo Programme. The main tasks of the GJU are:

Galileo Concession : the GJU is overseeing the establishment of a public private partnership between the public and the private sector in order to manage the Galileo Programme and mobilise the required funds. A competitive tendering process is in use to select the private consortium that will be awarded the Galileo Concession

Galileo in Orbit Validation : the GJU has to launch through ESA a first series of satellites to ensure the large-scale demonstration of the capabilities and reliability of the Galileo system.

6FP Galileo related activities : GJU also provides technical management to Galileo related projects launched under the EU’s 6th Framework Programme for Research and Development  (FP6). These projects, with a combined estimated budget of 100 million Euro, will deliver many of the key technologies required for the implementation and operation of Galileo, and represent another opportunity for the private sector to participate in the development of Galileo.

EGNOS Integration : The GJU is also responsible for managing the integration of EGNOS – the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service – into Galileo.

[source: Galileo Joint Undertaking]