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Will Britain launch its own Galileo? Maybe not

May 12, 2020  - By
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When Brexit happened, many in Britain thought the country should have its own satellite navigation system, because it was no longer going to be a participant in Galileo, created and run by the European Union.

Now the Telegraph reports that officials have concluded that such plans should be scrapped because the £5 billion project would be a waste of taxpayer funds.

The Telegraph reports that members of the Cabinet Office and Department for Business are pressing ministers to shut down work on the program, which was set up after Brussels froze the U.K. out of the EU’s Galileo satellite program.

In 2018, then-Prime Minister Theresa May announced £92m for a feasibility study into the U.K. satnav, reports Engineering & Technology. Much of that money has already been spent, it is believed. In March 2020, it was reported that the project had been delayed for at least six months over concerns about its scope and multi-billion-pound cost.

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About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.