Feeds

Galileo concession still up for grabs

Surprise delay on satnav contract award

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top three mobile application threats

It is not yet certain who will operate Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system after the Galileo Joint Undertaking body yesterday failed to announce a winner as was expected. Contenders Eurely and iNavSat will now have to continue pitching to the awarding body, the BBC reports. Galileo Joint Undertaking executive director, Rainer Grohe, said: "I have decided to invite both consortia for parallel negotiations on the concession contract."

The 30-satellite Galileo system is designed to work alongside American GPS and Russian Glonass systems. Test satellites are due for deployment soon, with the first Soyuz-rocket-borne launch scheduled to take place before the end of the year. International agreements require that there be at least one launch before June 2006 to claim the Galileo frequencies.

The Galileo contract is a big-bucks prize for the winning consortium, and will create up to 150,000 jobs across the EU. The two rival parties are made up of Alcatel, Aena, Finmeccanica and Hispasat (Eurely), and Thales, EADS Space and Inmarsat (iNavSat). The extended negotiations are not expected to delay the programme, and EU transport commissioner, Jacques Barrot, stressed: "Opening simultaneous talks on the concession agreement will also make it possible to improve the two candidates' proposals, to the greater benefit of the Galileo project." ®

Related stories

Galileo launches will go ahead
US and EU kiss and make up over Galileo
Galileo satellite project under threat?

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
LOHAN and the amazing technicolor spaceplane
Our Vulture 2 livery is wrapped, and it's les noix du mutt
Liftoff! SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon on third resupply mission to ISS
SpaceX snaps smartly into one-second launch window
KILLER ROBOTS, DNA TAMPERING and PEEPING CYBORGS: the future looks bright!
Americans optimistic about technology despite being afraid of EVERYTHING
R.I.P. LADEE: Probe smashes into lunar surface at 3,600mph
Swan dive signs off successful science mission
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
Helium seeps from Falcon 9 first stage, delays new legs for NASA robonaut
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.