Feeds

Galileo project threatened by funding row

So the Italian space agency says

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

A row over funding is threatening the future of the Galileo satellite constellation, according to the head of the Italian space agency (ASI).

In an interview with German newspaper Die Welt, Sergio Vetrella warns that if the dispute, ostensibly about additional costs, but possibly having more to do with national pride, is not settled by the end of the month, the whole project could be in jeopardy.

Galileo is a European satellite navigation project designed to provide a civilian-controlled alternative to the US' Global Positioning System. The system promises better resolution than GPS, and is due to switch on in 2008.

The project is being funded partly by European governments and partly by private enterprise, and the next phase of the project, starting in 2006, needs additional public funds of around €430m.

But, Reuters reports, Vetrella says the Germans are delaying contributing their share to boost their bid to house the Galileo project control centre in Munich. Naturally, Italy would prefer that the control centre is in Italy, France is keen on a French location, while Spain thinks it would be best off in Spain.

If an agreement cannot be reached by the end of October, the schedule for the whole project will slip, leading to a bigger bill at the end, Vetrella concludes.

Potential uses for the system already being discussed range from standard satellite navigation for motorists, through tracking fish stocks to help fishermen in the developing world, to proposals in the UK to rejig the entire car tax system around tracking individual drivers' road use. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
ANU boffins demo 'tractor beam' in water
The current state of the art, apparently
China to test recoverable moon orbiter
I'll have some rocks and a moon cheese pizza please, home delivery
NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS
No sign of Ziggy Stardust and his band
What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this
Sorry, Harvard, did you say kilobots or KILLER BOTS?
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
Vulture 2 spaceplane autopilot brain surgery a total success
LOHAN slips into some sexy bespoke mission parameters
Another step forward for diamond-based quantum computers
Square cut or pear-shaped, these qubits don't lose their shape
LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms
Is that an ARMADILLO in your PANTS or are you just pleased to see me?
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.