Galileo: Funding pledge for UK rival to EU sat-nav system


Blackleaf
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Funding for the UK's own satellite navigation system to rival the European Union's Galileo project is expected to be announced.

It comes after the UK was told it would not be able to access the EU-wide programme after Brexit next March.

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

Galileo: Funding pledge for UK rival to EU sat-nav system

26 August 2018
BBC News


The UK has already spent 1.4bn euros (£1.2bn) on Galileo

Funding for the UK's own satellite navigation system to rival the European Union's Galileo project is expected to be announced.

It comes after the UK was told it would not be able to access the EU-wide programme after Brexit next March.

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

The UK has already spent 1.4bn euros (£1.2bn) on Galileo, Europe's answer to the US GPS system.

Costs for a UK-only sat-nav system are likely to run to several billion pounds.

Head-start

A feasibility study to work out what a UK programme might look like would cost around £100m alone, according to the official.

While the UK would prefer to remain in Galileo as part of a strong partnership with Europe, the funding announcement, expected later this week, is not a negotiating tool, the official insisted.

The government believes the feasibility work will allow the British space industry to remain at the forefront of the market, regardless of whether an alternative to Galileo is eventually commissioned.

The row over Galileo centres around whether the UK can continue to be trusted with the EU's most sensitive security information after Brexit.

The UK's armed forces were planning to use Galileo to supplement 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 UK industry cannot compete on a fair basis, it is logical to look at alternatives."

If ministers give the go-ahead for the UK GPS system to be built, they will aim for costs to be in the region of what Britain had set aside as its contribution to Galileo.

The UK Space Agency has said a British project would have a head-start thanks to work already done and because much of the expertise is UK-based.

Furthermore, the system would be built to the specifications of just one country rather than needing to fulfil the requirements of all the EU's member states.

Graham Turnock, the agency's chief executive, has said the UK has "a lot of the capability that would be needed for a sat-nav system because we developed them as part of our role in Galileo".

"We cannot launch yet, although obviously we are trying to address that, but this is something we think is in the realm of the credible," he added.

In May, the UK Space Agency, wrote to 13 firms to remind them that they need security authorisation to engage in any future contracts on the EU's Galileo system.

Europe's Galileo system


Artwork: Galileo satellites are now launching on Europe's premier rocket, the Ariane 5

A project of the European Commission and the European Space Agency

24 satellites constitute a full system but it will have six spares in orbit also

22 spacecraft are in orbit today; the figure of 30 is likely to be reached in 2021

Original budget was 3bn euros but will now cost more than three times that

Spacecraft have been launched in batches of two, but now go up four at a time

Will work alongside the US-owned GPS and Russian Glonass systems

Promises eventual real-time positioning down to a metre or less

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45314954
 
Curious Cdn
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You won't have any money for redundant, "British only" projects after you've brexited.

Nice graphics, though.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

You won't have any money for redundant, "British only" projects after you've brexited.

Nice graphics, though.

We'll have more money. The EU will have less.
 
Bar Sinister
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I thought leaving the EU was supposed to save money, not force the Brits to spend billions to replace systems they already had access to.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by Bar Sinister View Post

I thought leaving the EU was supposed to save money, not force the Brits to spend billions to replace systems they already had access to.

You think they access Galileo for free?
 
Bar Sinister
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

You think they access Galileo for free?


I expect it was cheaper than the 1.4 Billion they've already paid.
 
White_Unifier
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

You won't have any money for redundant, "British only" projects after you've brexited.

Nice graphics, though.

You'd be surprised at just how much the Brits can max out a Royal credit card.
 
darkbeaver
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Quote: Originally Posted by White_Unifier View Post

You'd be surprised at just how much the Brits can max out a Royal credit card.


That,s got to be some card man. Who holds the mortage on Brits…, the fukking question mark was binged by the beer, jesus crisp, another seventeen dollar keyboard
 
MHz
+1
#9
You spelled 'Rothschild Credit Card' wrong. Ever suggest they go in first?

What are you gong to do until 2100? Sounding lines??
 
darkbeaver
#10
Rothchild is way upfront, MHZ, the boss in not a Rothchild , Rothchild is a target you can pound at your liesure and get not, the lizard people would be way more fun.

Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

You spelled 'Rothschild Credit Card' wrong. Ever suggest they go in first?

What are you gong to do until 2100? Sounding lines??


Try to accomodate my brain damage, please. In twenty one hundred I will have been converted into something usefull. I will be a potted plant on someones deck, and gratefull for the oportunity.

 
MHz
#11
That would be new earth era, you know, when you can say, 'Rose, come here!' and the whole bush comes running and the cedars start crying because they feel left out?
Other than a few glimpses the Bible deals mostly with the 2 bruises from Ge:3:15. All but the first and last 3 chapters deal with just those two bruises. Rev:12 is an expansion on that single verse and that should flash a sign that points to the information being an important first step in getting a handle about what is supposed to happen and what is not. Being clueless is not supposed to happen if you expect to escape the Bible's version with your breath still attached to your body. We should have a chat sometime. I'm a bit busy with some rats nipping at my toenails at the moment. I'm assuming that 30 minute timeout will have seen some moves in getting that stopped as of yesterday.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Bar Sinister View Post

I thought leaving the EU was supposed to save money, not force the Brits to spend billions to replace systems they already had access to.


Galileo wouldn't have been possible without Britain - Britain contributed £1.2 billion of its £8 billion cost.
 

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