The European policy
on satellite navigation provides for a two-step
approach, starting with EGNOS
(European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service). It will augment the
currently operating US GPS and Russian GLONASS systems, and make them suitable
for safety-critical applications such as flying aircraft or harbour docking.
EGNOS has gone a long way towards demonstrating what a more all-encompassing
European system like GALILEO can really do, representing a concrete
accomplishment that will be in operation as of 2004.
Commission is supporting a number of EGNOS activities outside of Europe and in
particular in Latin America and in Africa, where infrastructures and flight trials have been
organised. This confirms the European commitment to the
deployment of satellite navigation systems worldwide. Meanwhile, the EURO-MED
satellite navigation project is encouraging training and demonstration for the
benefit of Europe’s Mediterranean partners.