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 EU and US agree on shared satnav signal

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Date posted: 28/07/2007

The US and the European Union have agreed on a common signal for their satellite navigation systems, promising more accurate overall positioning information for users. Under the agreement, EU and US satellites will use the same radio frequency, enabling receivers to get signals from both systems and combine the data.

The US currently has 30 satellites orbiting the earth, sending signals that let users pinpoint their own locations and that of others using handheld devices and in-car navigation systems. The EU aims also to have 30 satellites up in space by around 2010, with a fully operational Galileo system by 2012.

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