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Forget about the GPS? Europe's navigation system is starting to operate

With promises of greater availability and accuracy than the system we all know, the ambitious Galileo system is starting to operate and provide service to users

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It is doubtful whether there is any of us who does not use the satellite-based navigation system (RG Global Positioning System), whose name has long been synonymous with this entire advanced navigation field - whether for getting directions on 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 - the Finally a true European competitor, which promises to be even more accurate.

The GIOVE satellites are the heart of the new navigation system, which is supposed to be more reliable and sophisticated - both for civilians and for specific military uses
The GIOVE satellites are the heart Of the new navigation system, which should be more reliable and sophisticated - for both civilians and specific military uses

With an estimated total cost of more than 5 billion, 18 satellites are already in the 23,200-mile MEO orbit today (en route to 30 satellites totaling up to 2020, then the system will reach full operation) and guarantee up to one meter accuracy Only for civilian systems, and even the incredible accuracy of individual inches in dedicated and encrypted channels for military systems - the Galileo system is supposed to be an important positive revolution compared to the 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 It has been declared that most modern- 625, the 652, the 820 and of course the 821, support navigation based on it - and now all that remains is to find applications that also include Galileo navigation support, plus navigation Good old man.

Galileo's route was not simple and included quite a few rejections - but now it seems that we are finally reaching the Promised Land
Galileo's path was not straightforward and included quite a few rejections - but now it seems we are finally coming to the Promised Land - on the path to real exploitation by the end of the decade

In this way, Galileo joins the And the Russian GLONASS as a third global navigation system that is freely available to anyone who wants it (and will hold a suitable tech support device, of course), when in the future we may also see the Chinese BeiDou system transform from a local system to a system with wide availability - perhaps parallel to the system The NAVIC of the Indian Government. Will the multitude of GNSS systems benefit the private consumer? Not sure, but in the specific case of the Galileo there seems to be quite a bit of potential, so we will certainly endeavor to give her a chance as soon as possible.


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