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GENESIS Report Summary

Project ID: 11389
Funded under: FP5-GROWTH
Country: France

Galileo – With Europe in sight

In the field of satellite navigation, there are considerable and numerous issues at stake. There are currently two competing systems: the American GPS, which dominates the marketplace, and the Russian Glonass.

The current dependence, especially on GPS, raises questions of a strategic nature, since the systems utilised are not under European control. The challenge is to safeguard European strategic needs, for example in the field of the common foreign and security policy, without risk or excessive cost.

Satellite navigation offers obvious advantages for managing transport. It allows for greater safety, better traffic flow, reduced congestion and environmental damage, and the support of multi-modal development. The current GPS and Glonass systems do not seem to guarantee the reliability and availability necessary for passenger transport. The implementation of the European Galileo system will remedy these shortcomings.

The Genesis project set up a thematic network aiming at monitoring all GNSS research related activities. Among the main results of this project were regularly updated situation overview documents (current status and short term evolution of GNSS activities, identification of duplication, inconsistencies and lack of co-ordination, guidance for corrective actions) and of reports related to Galileo key issues. As a result, the thematic network was generate the basis to support high level discussions and decisions related to the Galileo programme.

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France Developpement Conseil (FDC)
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