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ESA and the European Commission sign contracts for the Galileo programme

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission have now signed the contract for the GalileoSat study, ESA's contribution to the definition phase of the Galileo satellite navigation programme, agreed in May this year. Meanwhile, the European Commission is giving it...
The European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission have now signed the contract for the GalileoSat study, ESA's contribution to the definition phase of the Galileo satellite navigation programme, agreed in May this year. Meanwhile, the European Commission is giving its approval to the signing of four major contracts with industry that will cover the definition phase of the Galileo programme (from November 1999 to December 2000).

'Galileo will be a multimodal global navigation satellite system that will not only give Europe independence in the field of traffic management and telematics infrastructure but bring vast economic benefits for European equipment manufacturers and service industry and create additional jobs', says ESA.

The Galileo system is planned to consist of at least 21 satellites, possibly complemented by geostationary satellites with an associated ground infrastructure. It will be compatible and interoperable with the planned second generation global positioning systems.

The expected cost of the Galileo project is 2,700 million euros, of which European Ministers have allocated an initial 80 million euros, equally shared between the European Commission and ESA for the on-going definition phase, with a view to Galileo beginning operations in 2005, and becoming fully operational by 2008.
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