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16Dec2016

Europe’s Galileo Satellites Signal a New Epoch for Earth Science

 

After spending years of effort and cost, Europe's global satellite navigation system named Galileo showed first signals in smart phones and cars on 15 December 2016.

At present Galileo consists of 15 satellites and is expected to rise to 30 by 2020, promising accurate location details to travellers. When more satellites are added to it, signal strength grows and become more independent.

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The European Union Commission and European Space Agency claimed that the system will be made fully operational by 2020.

Elzbieta Bienkowska, European Union industry commissioner, said that their dream for the world's most accurate satellite navigation system 'Galileo' now became a reality.

The satellite named after renowned Italian astronomer Galileo was made with an initial budget of 2.5- 3 pounds. As per the reports, its total expenses reached around 10 pounds.

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