Oct 24 2011

Galileo Launch

Category: Hardware,Location Based ServicesTeknovis @ 08:33

The first Galileo satellites were launched last week, according to Galileo Navigation Satellites Lift Off Thursday.

It seems that this has been discussed and planned for years, so it is great to finally see it starting to happen!


Jun 20 2009

Initial Galileo Contracts

Category: HardwareTeknovis @ 11:29

I was delighted to read that the first Galileo contracts were awarded during the week in Contracts give impetus to Galileo. There should be plenty of business opportunities for companies working in this area as the work progresses and sub-contractors are required.

However, I think that the most significant business opportunities will arise when the system is operational. In my opinion there are two significant benefits of Galileo compared to GPS:

  • Galileo will be under civilian control, and the system operators will be able to provide guaranteed levels of service. This contrasts with the GPS system being under the control of the US military, and therefore it has no guaranteed levels of service.
  • Galileo will provide more detailed location information, and its signals are more resilient.

It certainly should be an interesting space in which to work in the near future!

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