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 Galileo system 'in a deep crisis'

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Date posted: 08/05/2007

Predictably, for a governments sponsored project, the European Galileo GPS satellite system, intended to provide GPS independent of the US system, has hit a major snafu. It?s run out of money.

German Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee, speaking on behalf of the EU, said: "Galileo is going through a deep and grave crisis."

He added: "We're in a dead end street. The cardinal problem is that the companies still have not been able to agree on the way forward. We need to find an alternative solution."

The intention behind Galileo was that taxpayers in the EU would inject more than one billion euros (?0.7bn) into the early development of the project.

The deployment phase - the launch of the satellites and the construction of ground stations - was expected to cost at least two billion more, with two-thirds of the investment being borne by the private sector.

The latter was also expected to pick up all the running costs in the long term. This may well not be the case after all.

The first demonstrator spacecraft, Giove-A, is already in orbit. A second, Giove-B, which has had some technical problems, should be in orbit by the year's end. In total, there will be thirty, which hopefully will take less than fifteen years to launch.

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