US citizens and businesses to access EU Galileo satellite navigation signals
Yesterday, the US Federal Communications Commission decided to grant a licence waiver for Galileo signal reception in the United States.
This means that citizens and businesses in the US will be able to benefit from Galileo's state of the art satellite navigation signals – be it for connected cars, smart watches, farming or plane navigation.
President Juncker underlined in his State of the Union speech on 12 September 2018 that "it is our Galileo programme that is today keeping Europe in the space race. […] No single Member State could have done this alone. Galileo is a success in great part, if not entirely, thanks to Europe. No Europe, no Galileo. We should be proud."
Galileo services are based on highly accurate signals and every addition to the constellation (currently at 26 satellites) gradually improves Galileo availability and performance worldwide. To help maintain and further enhance the EU's leadership in space, the Commission proposed in June 2018 a €16 billion EU Space Programme for the period 2021-2027. The new programme will invest more in space activities, adapting to new needs and technologies, while reinforcing Europe's autonomous access to space.