Breaking News - UK pulling out of EU sat-nav project
UK plans sat-nav system to rival EU's Galileo
Britain is planning to build its own space satellite-navigation system to rival the EU's Galileo project, the prime minister has announced.Galileo is the EU's upcoming version of the United States' GPS, which is used by millions of people around the world.The UK had wanted to stay part of Galileo after Brexit, but the EU said it would be banned from the extra-secure elements of the programme.On Friday, Theresa May said the UK was pulling out of these restricted parts.She said the British army - which had been planning to use Galileo along with the US GPS - will no longer use it.
The UK will instead explore options to build its own satellite navigation system. The government has already set aside £92m to look at how it can be done.I cannot let our armed services depend on a system we cannot be sure of, Mrs May said. That would not be in our national interest.And as a global player with world-class engineers and steadfast allies around the world we are not short of options.What is Galileo?Many people's sat-navs and mobile location services currently run on a US military-based system called GPS - global positioning system - which uses satellites to pinpoint our locations. China and Russia also have satellite-navigation positioning systems.In 1999, the European Union embarked on a plan to put together its own network of satellites, called Galileo, so it was not reliant on the US, Russian and Chinese systems.The first satellites were put into orbit in 2013 and it is planned to be fully operational in 2020 with 30 satellites orbiting earth. The technology will be used by EU governments, citizens, military and industry.
All EU member states will be allowed access to it - including the public regulated service (PRS) part of Galileo, which is the secret inner workings and is due to be completed in the mid-2020s. This can only be used by
Britain will no longer seek access to the EU's answer to GPS for defence, after a row with Brussels.
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