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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

Jaybus

Is Galileo going to be a subscription service or something? I'm not seeing the point of it. There are already the American and Russian systems that can be used. The ESA website page "Why Europe Needs Galileo" states the reason as "If the signals were switched off or degraded tomorrow, many ship and aircraft crews would find it inconvenient and difficult to revert to traditional navigation methods." Seriously? Billions spent in case both the Americans and Russians should simultaneously go completely insane and switch off their satellites, causing the exact same issue for their own ships and aircraft. What a waste of money! Wouldn't low Earth orbit satellites for internet service make more sense? And won't Galileo be at least as open as the American system, so it could be used by anyone anyway?

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