Galileo: Funding pledge for UK rival to EU sat-nav system

Funding for the UK’s own satellite navigation system to rival the European Union’s Galileo project is expected to be announced.
It comes after the UK was told it would not be able to access the EU-wide programme after Brexit next March.
At least £92m has been promised by the Treasury to plan for a UK system, a government official has told the BBC.
The UK has already spent 1.4bn euros (£1.2bn) on Galileo, Europe’s answer to the US GPS system.
Costs for a UK-only sat-nav system are likely to run to several billion pounds.
A feasibility study to work out what a UK programme might look like would cost around £100m alone, according to the official.
While the UK would prefer to remain in Galileo as part of a strong partnership with Europe, the funding announcement, expected later this week, is not a negotiating tool, the official insisted.
The government believes the feasibility work will allow the British space industry to remain at the forefront of the market, regardless of whether an alternative to Galileo is eventually commissioned.
The row over Galileo centres around whether the UK can continue to be trusted with the EU’s most sensitive security information after Brexit.
The UK’s armed forces were planning to use Galileo to supplement their use of the US GPS system.
Business Secretary Greg Clark told the BBC in April: “If Galileo no longer meets our security requirements and UK industry cannot compete on a fair basis, it is logical to look at alternatives.”
If ministers give the go-ahead for the UK GPS system to be built, they will aim for costs to be in the region of what Britain had set aside as its contribution to Galileo.
The UK Space Agency has said a British project would have a head-start thanks to work already done and because much of the expertise is UK-based.

Source: BBC

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