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NEWSBRIEFS – Galileo update

Jun 2006 | Comments Off on NEWSBRIEFS – Galileo update


Galileo – the European Programme for Global Navigation Services for civil purposes is an initiative led by European Union. We provide regular updates to our readers on the Galileo programme.

Galileo OS SIS ICD now available on-line

The information contained in the Galileo Open Service Signal In Space Interface Control Document (SIS ICD) is made available to the public by the Galileo Joint Undertaking (GJU), an undertaking jointly created by the European Commission and the European Space Agency.

Galileo funding in doubt?

Under the headline ‘EU stumbles over funding for Galileo’, the eupolitix. com website reports that the Galileo satellite navigation project has stalled because of a disagreement over funding. It reports that the development of the project has been delayed after the EU’s industrial partner, the now-single consortium that will build the system under the Concession, complained that the Commission had reneged on its promised investment. The EU budget for 2007-2013 now earmarks E900m for Galileo, although the initial pledge was for E1bn. The EC is due to issue a progress report on funding negotiations soon.

Europe ‘wants Japan to join Galileo’

Europe is still keen on Japan joining the Galileo programme, according to the Japanese press, which reports that the EU and its industry are watching with keen interest to see how Japan – a heavy GPS user – eventually positions itself. ‘Japan would be a very good test market for Galileo because there are many people using mobile phones and people who like gadgets,’ according to Paul Flament, administrator of the Galileo Programme at the EC. He added that ‘Japan is at the forefront of technology. That’s why we would like to cooperate with Japan – because we know the country is important in the domain’.

Peter Grognard, MD of Septentrio Satellite Navigation NV, currently the sole supplier of Galileo receivers, acknowledges that Japan is ‘years ahead’ of Europe in the adoption of GPS in-car navigation and mobile phones. He commented ‘I think Japan will be an excellent and early adopter of Galileo, just like it has been with GPS’. A EU delegation to Japan in December 2003, seeking their participation in the Galileo programme, was given the cold shoulder.

LogicaCMG to develop key security features for Galileo programme

LogicaCMG announced that it has been selected for three important development contracts valued at over 20 million Euros (about £14 million) in Europe’s Galileo programme. The three contracts are to develop the facilities that manage the most security sensitive elements of the programme – the Public Regulated Service Key Management Facility (PKMF), the Mission Key Management Facility (MKMF) and the Ground Control Segment Key Management Facility (GCS-KMF).

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