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A SATELLITE built in the UK and planned to rival the United State's GPS navigation system was today successfully launched from Kazakhstan.
The Giove-A is the first satellite in the EU's £2.4 billion Galileo navigation programme, which will eventually employ about 30 satellites for mostly civilian uses ranging from guiding drivers to search-and-rescue.
Originally posted by dead2rights
It gets us extra costs. Our understanding of the Galileo system is that it is a subscribed service. In other words not free. The US's GPS system is free to all users. I've personally not seen any costs so it may be very reasonable. But free versus $$$?
There will be four different navigation services available:
* The Open Service (OS) will be free for anyone to access. The OS signals will be broadcast in two bands, at 1164–1214 MHz and at 1563–1591 MHz. Receivers will achieve an accuracy of
Originally posted by mrwupy
I was reading about this in the paper today and it sounds like a pretty nice advancement. The receivers will be compatible with Galileo or GPS, much like a radio that you switch from AM to FM.
I also like the fact that the US government won't be able to scramble Galileo like it can GPS anytime it gets a scary feeling.