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Satellite tie-up for fast Galileo

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by gkd_uk, Nov 28, 2007.

  1. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Moderator Moderator Webmaster

    The UK company that built the test satellite for Europe's Galileo network is joining forces with a German firm to bid together to build more satellites.
    SSTL believes the link-up will drive down costs and speed up production by boosting competition among suppliers.

    Europe's proposed rival to the US Global Positioning System (GPS) has been delayed by rows over funding.

    A compromise deal is expected to be announced at a meeting of transport ministers in Brussels on Thursday.

    It follows a recent agreement by EU members to use leftover portions of the farming budget and spare science and technology funds to cover a 4bn euros (£3bn) funding gap. The shortfall was created when a private consortium asked to build and operate Galileo collapsed.

    Under the new deal, the work will be split into six segments, enabling all countries to get a share of the construction work.

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