UK: "plan B" is ready for a britmade satellite system competing with Galileo
The will of the Government, however, would be to remain in the EU project
The United Kingdom announced today that the Space Agency will begin work on developing a satellite system that is a competitor to the EU's Galileo project, to ensure its national security if after the Brexit London it was excluded from the program. The Government of London would like to remain in Galileo, but if it is not possible, 92 million pounds are ready to develop a new one thanks also to the collaboration and support of the defense ministry.
The Galileo system was born to compete with the US GPS, being with its 30 satellites capable of performing the same tasks. For the United Kingdom alone it is difficult to imagine the possibility of standing on the same level as the USA and the EU for purely economic issues, and in fact for Theresa May the main objective remains that of collaborating equally with the European countries, maintaining the access to security information needed for missile targeting systems.
The British technological and industrial skills in the development of Galileo have been important, and referring to this Greg Clark -Secretary of the UK Space Agency- stated that: "What the European Commission is doing, excluding British industry is worrying". What would be complicated for the UK industry is the cost of designing a proper satellite system, estimated at around £ 3 billion to make it active in 4-5 years. Of course, the government will do everything to try to convince the European Commission to keep the United Kingdom within the Galileo program as a partner at the same level as the EU member countries; but the "plan B" is ready.
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