Expensive Autonomy: Europe's Overpriced Navi System Heads for Space

Expensive Autonomy: Europe's Overpriced Navi System Heads for Space

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 21, 2011

It is years behind schedule. But on Friday, two satellites belonging to the European navigation system Galileo are heading into orbit. The system promises to be more precise than anything currently available. But Europe has paid dearly for its autonomy. By Christoph Seidler more...

A Marriage of Cosmic Convenience: Russia and Europe Launch a Tricky Partnership

A Marriage of Cosmic Convenience: Russia and Europe Launch a Tricky Partnership

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 19, 2011

For the first time,a Russian Soyuz rocket will lift off from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana this week. The site's proximity to the equator allows the rocket to carry larger payloads into space. But technical problems and cultural differences have plagued the partnership. By Hilmar Schmundt more...

Europe's Sat Nav Albatross: EU Expects Galileo Project Costs to Explode

Europe's Sat Nav Albatross: EU Expects Galileo Project Costs to Explode

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2010

Europe's answer to the American GPS navigation system threatens to become a financial black hole. According to a German newspaper, Brussels now calculates that the Galileo project will cost more to build, take longer to complete -- and make losses in the long term. more...

Europe's Future Navigation System: German Firm Awarded Galileo Satellite Contract

Europe's Future Navigation System: German Firm Awarded Galileo Satellite Contract

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 07, 2010

In a modern take on David vs. Goliath, a small German technology firm has beat out Europe's largest aerospace company to win a major contract to build satellites for the European Union's ambitious Galileo navigation project. more...

Galileo Ready for Launch: Europe to Begin Construction of Satellite Navigation System

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 24, 2008

With EU approval for a new bidding process, Europe's much-touted -- and much delayed -- Galileo, a Brussels-controlled competitor to the US's GPS system, looks set for orbit. One satellite is being launched this weekend and the system is expected to go online by 2013. more...

European Satellite Navigation: Galileo Costs Launch Into Orbit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 14, 2008

Europe's satellite navigation system Galileo may end up costing as much as 10 billion instead of the 3.4 billion currently on the table. It's just the latest setback in a series for the project. more...

Europe's GPS Rival: 'Galileo' Project Finally on the Launch Pad

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 30, 2007

A European version of America's GPS network will go ahead after a bureaucratic squabble over the budget was resolved. The Galileo navigation system is scheduled to go live in 2013. more...

European GPS Competitor in Trouble: UK and Netherlands Against Public Funding for Galileo

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 11, 2007

The European Union's planned satellite navigation system Galileo is in trouble. Agreement seemed to be reached Friday on bailing the project out with public money -- but now the UK and the Netherlands are arguing against that, according to a media report. more...

Galileo's Fate: Will Military Interest Save Europe's Beleagured Navigation System?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 07, 2007

The European Union's transport ministers are meeting to decide the future of the Galileo navigation system this week. The stalled system was originally intended for purely civilian purposes, but now the military is getting interested, given the satellites' importance in modern warfare. By Manfred Dworschak more...

Galileo Project: Will European Disagreements Leave Galileo Grounded?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 07, 2007

Little progress is being made on Galileo, the European global positioning system. Now competition in the form of new satellites is coming from China. Will Galileo lose its technological advantage because of competitive infighting among its European member states? more...