Galileo Satellite Contract Awarded

I’ve been remiss in covering the other global navigation satellite systems aside from GPS — such as Russia’s GLONASS system, completion of which was delayed by the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the European Union’s forthcoming Galileo system, which has faced delays and cost overruns. Regarding the latter, the Telegraph reports that a contract to build 14 satellites in the Galileo constellation has been awarded, with the satellite network scheduled to go live in 2014. By the way, if these systems sound redundant, that’s partly the point: there’s an interest in not being over-reliant on the U.S. GPS system, both for economic and security reasons.