If you liked the Policy ThinkShop’s take on the NYT’s article on the European’s space agency’s Galileo global GPS satellite project, take a look at the agency’s own perspective on the project at:
“Galileo is Europe’s own global navigation satellite system, providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. It is inter-operable with GPS and Glonass, the US and Russian global satellite navigation systems.
By offering dual frequencies as standard, Galileo will deliver real-time positioning accuracy down to the metre range. It will guarantee availability of the service under all but the most extreme circumstances and will inform users within seconds of any satellite failure, making it suitable for safety-critical applications such as guiding cars, running trains and landing aircraft.
On 21 October 2011 came the first two of four operational satellites designed to validate the Galileo concept in both space and on Earth. Two more followed on 12 October 2012. This In-Orbit Validation (IOV) phase is now being followed by additional satellite launches to reach Initial Operational Capability (IOC) by mid-decade.
Galileo services will come with quality and integrity guarantees which marks the key difference of this first complete civil positioning system from the military systems that have come before.”