European global positioning delayed

The US government's Global Positioning System is, according to many, obsolete. Plans exist already to upgrade the system for a variety of civilian and military purposes. European governments, however, have resisted reliance on the US for navigational services and have decided to launch their own satellite-based positioning system, Galileo. The European Space Agency and the European Union are funding the 1.1-billion-euro (1.05-billion-dollar) first phase of the project. A recent vote by EU transport ministers has been described as a simple delay needed for clarifying the project's business plan and the 30 satellite system is still on track, according to EU sources, for activation in 2007.

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