With promises of much better availability and accuracy than the system we are all familiar with, the ambitious Galileo system is starting to work and provide service to users
It is doubtful whether there is any of us who does not use the satellite-based navigation system GPS (Global Positioning System), whose name has long been synonymous with this entire field of advanced navigation - whether for the purpose of obtaining driving directions inWaze And its similarities, whether to record aerobic training or perhaps just to get accurate weather forecasts for your current location, the American system that was opened for civilian use in the 1980s is probably the one that was based on its services.
Now, after more than 17 years of planning and preparation -GPS Finally a true European competitor, which promises to be even more accurate.
With an estimated total cost of more than 5 billion euros, 18 satellites already in MEO orbits at an altitude of 23,200 kilometers above the Earth (en route to a total of 30 satellites by 2020, then the system will reach full range) and a guarantee of accuracy of up to one meter Only for civilian systems, and even the incredible accuracy of a few inches in dedicated and encrypted channels for military systems - the Galileo system is supposed to be an important positive revolution compared to theGPS Which includes a few meters of precision for civilian systems, and a host of familiar weaknesses and security breaches that make it problematic to use as the only satellite navigation system.
Galileo will be managed by the European Space Navigation Organization (GSA) and European Space Agency (ESA) and began its initial operational operational capabillity phase this week, On 15 in December, When in the company Qualcomm It has been declared that most modern-Snapdragon 625, theSnapdragon 652, theSnapdragon 820 and of course theSnapdragon 821, supports navigation based on it - and now all that is left is to find the applications that also include navigation support according to Galileo, in addition to the navigation.GPS Good old man.
In this way, Galileo joins theGPS And the Russian GLONASS as a third global navigation system available for free use to anyone who wants it (and will have a suitable supporting technology device, of course), while in the future we may also see the Chinese BeiDou system transform from a local system to a system with wide availability - perhaps in parallel The NAVIC of the Indian Government. Will the multiplicity of GNSS systems benefit the private consumer? Not sure, but in the specific case of the Galileo it seems to have quite a bit of potential, so we will definitely try to give it a chance soon.