2007-11-30 Richard Walker and Vanessa Mock
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Galileo, not doing the fandango

Launch of the first Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element test satellite - GIOVE-AIn case you haven’t come across the GPS sat-nav system yet, it’s a system of satellites that pinpoint your car and then beam information to the the voice under your dashboard, which in turn tells you verbally to turn right, left or go straight ahead. The EU’s ‘Galileo’ project is supposed to rival America’s GPS satellite navigation system. But being the EU there has been drawn out wrangling about how the project will be funded, stalling progress for months. Until now.

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