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EU not boldly funding space ambitions

The European Union wants to become a major player in space projects, EU ministers agreed, amid concerns that member states and industry are unwilling to provide the astronomical costs involved. They agreed on “the need to develop instruments and financial schemes for European space policy,” announced French Research Minister Valerie Pecresse, whose country holds the EU’s rotating presidency. However a statement issued after the ministerial meeting gave no details on the funding needs or means, highlighting the problem.

Radiation shut down EU test satellite for two weeks

A second test satellite for Galileo closed itself down for more than two weeks last month because of space radiation, concurring sources said. The Giove- B satellite, launched in April, stopped operating from September 9 to 24, said Franco Bonacina, spokesman at the Parisbased European Space Agency (ESA), which is overseeing the Galileo project.

Joint statement on GPS and Galileo Cooperation

Representatives of the Government of the US, the European Community (EC) and its Member States met in their first plenary session to review and discuss matters of mutual importance regarding cooperation in the use of global navigation satellite systems. During the meeting, representatives of the Parties reviewed the ongoing work of the U.S.- EC working groups on GPS and Galileo technical and trade issues and discussed various issues related to the emergence of global and regional satellite navigation systems in addition to GPS and Galileo.
The U.S. intends to continue to operate GPS and to provide the Standard Positioning Service for peaceful civil, commercial and scientific use on a continuous, worldwide basis, free of direct user fees. The European Community has launched the procurement of the Galileo system and revised the governance of the European global navigation satellite systems (Galileo and European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS)) which will provide services including open, safety-of-life, commercial, and public regulated services. The Parties believe that compatibility and civil interoperability not only between GPS and Galileo, but also with other global navigation satellite systems, will promote global economic growth and strengthen transatlantic cooperation.

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