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Could Brexit force the UK to launch its own GPS network?

Posted On: Jul 12, 2018   |   Posted By: TechRadar

Could Brexit force the UK to launch its own GPS network?

Main image: Will the EU exclude post-Brexit Britain from Galileo? Credit: ESA Could 'taking back control' mean the UK completely losing its way? The UK intends to leave the European Union in March 2019, and one thing at stake is access to a cutting-edge satellite navigation system developed with its EU partners called Galileo. Despite British companies contributing to Galileo enormously, they now look set to be denied work because of their impending non-EU status. Worse, the UK could lose access to the embryonic Galileo navigation service itself, leaving it with the expensive task of building its own rival constellation. Might Brexit and its political ramifications leave the UK far from technology's cutting edge? For the UK's science and technology sectors, Brexit just got real.
What is Galileo and why do we need it?
Galileo is an effort to build a more accurate, Europe-centric version of the Global Positioning System , which uses a constellation of 30 satellites in low-Earth orbit, and which is owned...

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