Cash boost for UK rival of the EU Galileo

PA

The funding for the UK’s own satellite navigation system to compete with the European Union’s Galileo project is expected to be announced.

It comes after the united KINGDOM said that he would not be able to access the scale of the EU after brexit next March.

At least £92m has been promised by the Treasury to plan for a system of the united KINGDOM, a government official has told the BBC.

The united KINGDOM has already spent € 1.4 billion (£1.2 billion euros) of Galileo, Europe’s answer to the US GPS system.

The costs for the united KINGDOM, only the sat-nav system are likely to run to several billion pounds.
Head start

A feasibility study to work on a programme in the united KINGDOM could look like, cost about £100 million only, according to officials.

While the united KINGDOM prefers to stay in Galileo, in the framework of a strong partnership with Europe, the funding announcement, expected later this week, is not a negotiation tool, the official insisted.

The government believes that the feasibility work will enable the Uk space industry to remain at the forefront of the market, regardless of whether an alternative to Galileo is finally ordered.

The row over Galileo centres whether the UK can continue to trust the EU more sensitive to the security of the information after “brexit”.Why is there a line of Galileo?

The united KINGDOM, the armed forces were planning to use Galileo to complete their use of the US GPS system.

Business secretary Greg Clark told the BBC in April: “If Galileo no longer meets our security requirements and the UK industry can’t compete on an equitable basis, it is logical to seek other solutions.”

If ministers give the green light for the united KINGDOM GPS system to be built, they will cost in the region of what Britain had put aside his contribution to Galileo.

The UK Space Agency said a British project would have a head start thanks to a work that has already been done and because a lot of the expertise is based in the united KINGDOM.Can the UK really go it alone with a sat-nav system?

In addition, the system could be built to the specifications of a country, rather than having to meet the requirements of all the member states of the EU.

Graham Turnock, the director of the agency, said that the UK has “a lot of the capacity that would be necessary for a sat-nav system because we have developed in the context of our role in the Galilee”.

“We can’t start yet, though, obviously, we try to address this point, but it is something that we believe is in the domain of the credible,” he added.

In May, the UK Space Agency, has written to 13 companies to remind them that they need security permission to engage in all future contracts on the european UNION’s Galileo system.

Europe’s Galileo system

The ESA

A project of the European Commission and the European Space Agency
The 24 satellites form a complete system, but it will be six replacement parts in orbit also
22 spacecraft are in orbit today; figure 30 is likely to be achieved in 2021
The initial budget was € 3 billion, but will now cost more than three times the
Spacecraft have been launched in batches of two, but now go up to four at a time
Will work with the u.s. owned GPS and the Russian Glonass system
Promises a possible real-time positioning down to a meter or less