Moving on after Galileo – lessons (to be) learnt

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Series Details June 2018
Publication Date 28/06/2018
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Galileo is Europe’s own global navigation satellite system, planned to be up and running by 2020. While Galileo’s basic positioning services will be open to all, the EU is also developing the 'Public Regulated Service' (PRS), an encrypted capability reserved for EU member-states’ militaries and governments. The encrypted signals of the PRS will ensure that the navigation service remains functional even if an adversary jams all other Galileo transmissions. The European Commission has proposed a highly restricted role for the UK in Galileo. The UK is rejecting the EU’s offer is looking into building its own satellite network, potentially in co-operation with Japan or Australia. It is not in the interest of Britain or the EU for the UK to pull out of Galileo. The loss of British expertise in space science and technology would be a loss to the entire EU project.

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ESO: Background information: Britain can be excluded from Galileo Public Regulated Service
Briefings for Brexit: Blog, 04.05.18: The GALILEO Spat: an Object Lesson for Ministers
Centre for European Reform: Insight, May 2018: A hitchhiker's guide to Galileo and Brexit
In Facts, 08.05.18: EU satellite spat prime example of Brexit unintelligence

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