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[] GNC 8.3.2002: GPS, meet Galileo,

GPS, meet Galileo
By Susan Menke,
GCN Staff
The State Department announced yesterday that it is pushing for
interoperability between the U.S. Global Positioning System and the
European Union?s proposed
competing system, called Galileo. The 19-year-old GPS, overseen by the
Defense and Transportation departments, has taken on considerable
importance in
telecommunications, mapping and transportation systems because of its
free, precise timing and position signals. The 24-satellite system is
receiving a $1 billion
infusion over the next several years to launch new, so-called GPS III
satellites and to refine nonmilitary signal accuracy down to three
meters?about 9.8 feet. The
department said in its announcement that the United States government
?sees no compelling need for Galileo, because GPS is expected to meet
the needs of users
around the world for the foreseeable future.? But if the Galileo plans
do go forward, State wants cooperation and interoperability. It opposes
the use by Galileo of
any radio frequencies used by GPS and any system-driven standards that
?mandate the use of Galileo at the expense of GPS manufacturers, service
providers and
users.? Galileo proponents, at, say its related
services and equipment could represent a market worth 35 billion
euros?about $31 billion.

 © 2002 Post Newsweek Tech Media, a division of Post Newsweek Media


Olivier Minkwitz___________________________________________
Dipl. Pol., wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
HSFK Hessische Stiftung für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung
PRIF Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
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