Europe launches satellite for global navigation

By Derek Sooman on December 28, 2005, 7:06 PM
Europe has launched the Giove-A satellite into space, which will provide a global navigation system that offers much greater accuracy than today's global positioning systems (GPS).

The Galileo project is an attempt to create a network of satellites that will be capable of calculating a location to within a few inches.

On Wednesday, the first Galileo satellite was blasted into orbit on the back of a rocket fired from Kazakhstan. This satellite, called Giove-A, was built by a British firm called Surrey Satellite Technology. The complete network will eventually consist of 30 satellites when it is completed in 2010, and will cost an estimated 2.2bn.

Galileo is a joint venture between the European Union and the European Space Agency. The UK is playing a major role, and has already contributed 92m to the project.

Galileo will help provide new services, such as advanced satellite navigation and better mobile location information.

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