Galileo dates set
The EC and ESA have confirmed the availability of Galileo's first services by the end of 2014 or early 2015.
On 4 September, the EC VP for Industry and Entrepreneurship and DG ESA met to discuss the Galileo programme. Discussions focused on the deployment of Galileo infrastructure and delivery of the positioning service.
DG ESA confirmed the availability of the first services by end 2014 or beginning 2015, following positive results achieved in July in Fucino during demonstration of the technical capabilities of the system using the 4 in-orbit validation (IOV) satellites already in orbit.
The EC VP expressed his satisfaction with steps already taken, in that the Commission:
- has set up the financial and governance framework for activities for 2014-20;
- has established the GNSS Agency (GSA) in Prague and the service center in Madrid, together with other ground-based infrastructure elements essential for the provision of services;
- is preparing the future legal framework for satellite navigation applications, in close consultation with receiver manufacturers.
It is also reported that the US has submitted a request to use the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS). And it seems that some other non-EU countries have also expressed a desire to be associated with the programme.
ESA is working to provide services before 2020 - when the constellation should be fully deployed. But, in view of technical difficulties encountered by the the satellite manufacturer, OHB-System, the EC has asked ESA to present a revised deployment and service timetable by 3 October 2013.
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