Four new Galileo GNSS satellites bring added benefits to Leica Geosystems GNSS \tContributed by\u00a0Bernhard Richter - Leica Geosystems Business Director GNSS At 13:06 UTC\u00a0 17 November, Ariane 5 flight VA233 successfully lifted off from Europe\u2019s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Europe can be proud of this historic launch \u2013 for the first time a space rocket carried four navigation satellites at once into space. Formerly, GPS could only ever launch one satellite at a time.\u00a0 The more powerful Ariane 5 and the lower weight of the Galileo satellites allow this technical master stroke. \u00a9 ESA\/Arianespace \u201cNow that we can rely on the powerful Ariane 5, we can anticipate the quicker completion of Galileo deployment, permitting the system to enter full operation,\u201d remarked Paul Verhoef, ESA\u2019s Director for the Galileo Programme and Navigation-related Activities. It seems likely, that Galileo\u2019s full operational capability of 30 satellites will be available by 2020, as it is unlikely that the assured budgets will be withdrawn. Benefits for users of Leica Geosystems GNSS technology As Leica Geosystems\u00a0 focuses on high precision GNSS technology, users will soon benefit from this historic launch. Before the four new satellites will be fully validated, though, users of Leica Geosystems highend GNSS receivers \u2013 Leica Viva GS10 & GS25, GS15, GS16 \u2013 already benefit from the nine Galileo satellites in place with current signal status healthy. The below shown graphic gives an indication of what is already possible now and shows what will be possible in the near future under the most challenging conditions. The diagram shows the result of a test, where an antenna was placed underneath dense forest cover. The blue line indicates the time interval when a GPS + GLONASS + BeiDou combined cm resolution was available. The red line shows the same measurement by adding the existing Galileo satellites. The test shows that with Galileo availability tremendously improves and therefore surveying productivity increases. Overall, the completion of Galileo will reduce downtime for Leica Geosystems GNSS users significantly. This means it will now be possible to take measurements at places \u2013 particularly in urban canyons and canopy environments \u2013 where we would not have believed possible years ago.