Friday, December 30, 2005

Is Galileo CAP in space?

First Galileo test satellite launches in KazahkstanIs the European Space Agency's just-launched Galileo a good use of €3.6 billion? Or could some European contribution to the US Global Positioning System and a treaty undertaking to make the military high-resolution service permanently available, perhaps through NATO, have been arranged at a fraction of the cost?

The world could most likely have waited four more years for the GPS upgrade due in 2012 that will bring it up to the service level of Galileo available at the earliest in 2008. But French national pride was at stake, so a few billion euros here and there were never going to make much difference.

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