Brussels View offers a European perspective on GNSS developments, particularly on Galileo.
Columnist Peter Gutierrez is based in Brussels, Belgium and has covered the EU satellite navigation programs from the inside out for several years. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
EC Vice-President Antonio Tajani called directly on ESA Director-General Jean-Jacques Dordain to explain why the latest Galileo launch delay was not anticipated and what ESA intends to do about it.
Strangely, some of the work being done in Europe, purportedly to help build European competitiveness in the GNSS market, seems to be doing exactly the opposite.
eCall is the EU initiative aimed at reducing road casualties by increasing the speed and efficiency of emergency response. It involves a device installed in cars that will automatically dial the EU’s ‘112’ emergency phone number in the event of a serious road accident.
Industry insiders have always known that you don’t need Galileo to make money and create jobs in the GNSS universe. And for many, the center of that universe is rapidly moving towards Asia.
Galileo satellite problems? Just as when Apple or Microsoft launch their latest phones and pads and operating systems, any new and extremely sophisticated software system is going to discover bugs. On the budget side, while David Cameron may not be happy about the overall budget, no one seems to believe he or anyone else in Britain is going to raise a fuss about the EU GNSS programs.
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