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EGNOS is the first phase of the European Union's policy on a global navigation satellite system, the second phase being the Galileo programme and the launch of a new constellation of radionavigation satellites. EGNOS is composed of navigation payloads installed in geostationary satellites which are linked to a ground network of 34 positioning stations, and four control centres.

The purpose of this paper is to propose the framework within which EGNOS can operate and be integrated in the Galileo programme. The move is intended to integrate the programmes both administratively and technically in order to ensure optimum complementarity between the two systems. EGNOS will contribute significantly to the success of Galileo by acting as a precursor to it. It will greatly increase the number of satellite positioning applications available on the market and should in turn create more demand for such services.

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