About: Galileo

Agrifood 22-10-2019

EU auditors, not just lawmakers, recognise the potential of digital farming tools

Although greeted with scepticism at the beginning, precision farming is gaining more and more relevance among farmers and lawmakers. Even EU auditors now extoll the high value of the information provided by digital tools in agriculture.

Loiseau: Without arms exports, there won’t be a European defence industry

A newly created Commission department dedicated to the defence and space industries has given new momentum to the EU's defence union project. Nathalie Loiseau, head of the European Parliament’s defence committee, answered questions about where the sector is heading.
Outer space 04-10-2019

Outer-space prospecting aims to boost EU’s battery plans

Space policy and efforts to boost electric vehicle uptake share a somewhat unusual link, beyond connected cars and global positioning systems: procuring raw materials could soon be made easier via satellites.
Aerospace 22-07-2019

How the GSA rebooted the Galileo satellite system

Galileo, the global navigation satellite system that went live in 2016, malfunctioned for a whole week (11-19 July) as it suffered from a partial outage, caused by the European Space Agency changing the software. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.

Russia responsible for massive satellite system spoofing, study finds

Targeted manipulation of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) by Russia is a threat to aviation and maritime safety and underscores the country’s growing expertise in electronic warfare, a new study has found. The report by the US Center for Advanced Defense...
Digital 22-08-2018

European Space Agency to launch British satellite amid Brexit tensions

A British-built European Space Agency (ESA) satellite system, Aeolus, will be launched into orbit on Wednesday evening (22 August).
Agrifood 13-07-2018

Agricultural industry eyes space data

Data access has become a key issue for the agricultural sector, which could benefit from European space programmes. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Future EU 25-05-2018

EU criticises ‘fantasy’ UK Brexit gambits, sees little Irish progress

European Union negotiators dismiss as "fantasy" some main British demands for Brexit, including on the sensitive issue of the Northern Ireland border, a senior EU official said on Thursday (24 May).
Brexit 26-04-2018

Britain considers setting up satellite system to rival EU’s Galileo

Britain is considering setting up a satellite navigation system to rival the European Union's Galileo project amid a row over attempts to restrict Britain's access to sensitive security information after Brexit, the Financial Times reported.
Brexit 29-03-2018

Airbus says EU should keep Britain in Galileo space project despite Brexit

The chief executive of aerospace firm Airbus said Britain should not be frozen out of the European Union's Galileo space programme after Brexit, calling on both sides to find a long-term solution in the interest of security.
Brexit 25-01-2018

Ex-UK PM Cameron: Brexit not going as badly as we thought

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron, whose failure to persuade British voters to stay in the EU led to his exit from office, was caught on camera saying Brexit was not going as badly as he had believed it would. The EU also confirmed the UK would lose an important space agency after leaving.
Digital 14-02-2017

Satellite location boosts EU emergency services

The single European emergency number, 112, can now pinpoint the location of callers, thanks to technological advances funded by the European Union. Euractiv Spain reports.
Transport 18-01-2017

Europe’s navigation satellites suffer clock failure

The European Space Agency announced today (18 January) there were "failed" clocks onboard some of the 18 navigation satellites it has launched for Galileo, Europe's beleaguered rival to America's GPS.
Transport 13-12-2016

Europe’s own satnav, Galileo, due to go live

Seventeen years and more than €10 billion later, Europe's Galileo satnav system is set to go live Thursday (15 December), promising to outperform US and Russian rivals while boosting regional self-reliance.
Digital 26-10-2016

Commission wants EU space strategy to boost growth in data-hungry private sector

The European Commission wants to step up European companies' role in the space industry by making it easier to access data from satellites, which the executive hopes will help increasingly data-dependent areas like car manufacturing and agriculture.
Brexit 15-09-2016

Brexit will change UK role in Europe’s space programmes, ESA says

Britain will stay in the European Space Agency when it leaves the EU, but will have to renegotiate terms to continue participating in certain projects, the ESA said Wednesday (14 September).

Europe’s answer to GPS three times over budget and 13 years late

Plagued by technical setbacks and delays, the European satellite navigation programmes, Galileo and EGNOS, will come in three times over budget at €13 billion, according to the French Court of Auditors. Our partner La Tribune reports.
Artist view of a Galileo satellite. Picture: European Commission
Global Europe 25-08-2014

Commission reports setback for Galileo project

The European Commission who had called an “historic milestone” the launch of two satellites of the Galileo program, an EU replica of the US global positioning satellite system, Monday (25 August) asked the agencies responsible to provide full details over their failure to put them into orbit.
Trade & Society 25-10-2011

‘Galileo’ brand thrown out of orbit

The trademarks of the Galileo satellite system are under sustained legal challenge from a US headquartered company and the Commission is considering renaming the project’s commercial arms as a result, EURACTIV has learned.
Digital 21-10-2011

Galileo navigation satellites launched

A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from French Guiana on Friday (21 October) bearing the first two satellites in Europe's Galileo global positioning system, a much-heralded mission which may generate €90 billion in economic and social benefits over two decades and will redraw commercial competition in space.
Digital 19-10-2011

EU to launch first two Galileo satellites

The first two satellites of the EU’s Galileo programme for global satellite navigation will be launched on Thursday (20 October) from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana.

Brussels on mission to boost EU’s role in space exploration

The European Commission will propose on Monday (4 April) to strengthen the EU's space policy with the aim of increasing the bloc's capability "to pursue independent missions". 
Transport 19-01-2011

Galileo needs two billion euros extra

Europe's biggest space programme, Galileo, needs a further €1.9 billion euros to make the satellite navigation system operational, the European Commission said yesterday (18 January).
Transport 08-01-2010

German, French firms win Galileo money

Germany's OHB Technology is to provide 14 satellites for the EU's Galileo navigation system, while Arianespace of France will put them into orbit in order to build a European rival to the US GPS system by 2014.

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