The idea behind Galileo is to provide highly accurate and guaranteed global
positioning service under civilian control. It aims to improve accuracy in
positioning to below one meter. Galileo should also guarantee uninterrupted
service across the globe and better access in big cities where the signal can
be hampered by buildings.
The Open Service, the Public Regulated Service and the Search and Rescue
Service will be provided as of early 2014. The Safety-of-Life Service and the
Commercial Service will be tested in 2014 and will be provided as Galileo
reaches full operational capability with a constellation of 30 satellites.
Three more contracts – for the ground mission infrastructure, the ground
control infrastructure and the operations – are to be awarded by mid-2010.
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