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European Satellite Navigation System



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Europe's contribution to GNSS

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Global service, global accessibility

The European Union believes that there is no place for monopoly when it comes to promoting human welfare and solving problems of global significance. At the third United Nations conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Space in 1999, the use of space technology in solving such problems was stressed, but achieving these targets means strengthening the technological capabilities of many states. The European Union is now actively contributing to UN activities in this area.

The promotion of GALILEO and its accessibility among non-European user communities involves its presentation to all relevant standardisation bodies. Close interaction with such bodies has already been established, including with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The GALILEO programme also includes a number of activities aimed at the development of a certification framework and identifying certification requirements applicable to the system. During the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) 2000, new radio frequencies were allocated to Radio Navigation Satellite Service (RNSS) systems, including GALILEO. The WRC 2003 has allowed to safeguard the allocated frequencies and to ensure that these frequencies are actually usable by GALILEO services.

Once again, the GALILEO system will be fully compatible with the existing American GPS system. The objective being pursued by Europe is to reinforce the satellite navigation infrastructure by providing an additional, state-of-the-art system ensuring a more robust, precise and continuous service to users worldwide.

last update: 10-02-2009