Galileo is a go (but not yet enough for a fix)

Once dubbed the “Common Agricultural Policy in the sky”, by an unoriginal and unfunny British politician the name of whom has long been forgotten, after countless years and billions of euros, the first two Galileo navigation satellites – Europe’s answer to the America’s GPS – have been launched into orbit…

Now I’ve long been in two minds about the value of having an alternative to GPS, but I have to admit that in the long term Galileo may provide real benefits to European industry. It will be some time, however, before there are sufficient Galileo satellites for a global positioning fix, and a decade or so before the system is fully operational.