UK ups a ante on Galileo sat-nav project

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The Galileo complement was recognised to give Europe an eccentric sat-nav capability

The Brexit quarrel between a UK and a EU-27 over Galileo is escalating.

Britain’s space group has created to 13 firms to remind them that they need confidence permission to rivet in any destiny contracts on a sat-nav system.

It is being interpreted as a hazard to retard UK tech grown for Galileo from being eliminated into a EU-27.

The European Commission says Brexit means a UK will have to be released from a pivotal component of a complement after Mar subsequent year.

This is a Public Regulated Service, or PRS – a navigation and timing vigilance dictated for use by supervision agencies, armed army and “blue light” services.

The PRS is designed to be accessible and strong even in times of crisis.

Brussels says London can't immediately have entrance to it when a UK leaves a European confederation since it will turn a unfamiliar entity. PRS is for EU member states only.

The European Commission has also finished it transparent that British companies will not be certified to work on PRS after Brexit.

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London’s dismay during being close out of a complement it helped rise has been to lift a awaiting of withdrawing from Galileo completely, and to cruise starting adult a possess inland sat-nav network.

Such a pierce could delayed a growth of Galileo – that is not nonetheless finish – and boost a costs.

Monday’s minute is a serve shot opposite a bows. By reminding British companies that they need a demonstrate confidence clearway from ministers to rivet in new contracts, London is radically observant to Brussels that it has a energy to stop those companies from handing over technical believe on PRS to firms in a EU-27. Such transfers would be finished underneath contract.

“We have created to all UK companies now certified to work on a secure elements of Galileo, seeking them to deliberate us before holding on destiny contracts relating to a pattern and growth of a programme and a encrypted service,” a UK Space Agency orator said.

“This is a required effect of a European Commission’s position to bar UK attention from a plan on a idea of confidence concerns, that a UK Government strongly disagrees with.

“The UK Space Agency is heading a work to rise options for a British choice to Galileo, to pledge a satellite positioning, navigation and timing needs are met in a future.”

Europe’s Galileo complement

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Artwork: Galileo satellites are now rising on Europe’s premier rocket, a Ariane 5

  • A plan of a European Commission and a European Space Agency
  • 24 satellites consecrate a full complement though it will also have 6 spares in circuit
  • 18 booster are in circuit currently (14 operational, 4 underneath commissioning); a figure of 30 is expected to be reached in 2021
  • Original bill was €3bn though will now cost some-more than 3 times that
  • Spacecraft have been launched in batches of two, though now go adult 4 during a time
  • Will work alongside a US-owned GPS and Russian Glonass systems
  • Promises contingent real-time positioning down to a metre or less

The EU’s arch Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, reiterated on Monday a bloc’s perspective that a UK was locking itself out of Galileo PRS by walking out of a EU.

“Third countries and their companies can't attend in a growth of security-sensitive matters,” he told an eventuality in Brussels.

“These manners will not forestall a UK as a third nation from regulating a encrypted vigilance of Galileo providing that a applicable agreements between a EU and a UK are in place.”

Merely carrying entrance to PRS during some destiny date (as has been requested by other nations outward a EU, eg Norway and a US) will not be good adequate for London. It wants British companies to continue to attend in all aspects of a growth and build of Galileo.

Major contributions have been finished by: Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), that has prepared a navigation payloads on each operational satellite in a sky; a UK arm of Airbus, that controls a satellites during a centre in Portsmouth: and CGI (formerly Logica), that has been instrumental in conceptualizing PRS itself.

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