European Parliament sets funding for satellite navigation system

The European Parliament last week approved $6 billion in funding for the European Union's long-delayed Galileo satellite navigation system.

The EU originally intended to finance its answer to the United States' Global Positioning System through a public-private partnership, but that plan faltered earlier this year when private companies backed away from the deal. The EU now will completely fund development of the 30-satellite system, with some of the budget coming from unspent farm subsidies, according to Reimer Böge, chairman of the European Parliament's Budget Committee.

European Parliament officials said they had not reached an agreement on funding, Galileo "which is politically, economically and symbolically crucial for the EU, might have collapsed."

EU Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot promised to spread Galileo contracts across a range of companies in Europe, which made the funding agreement more politically palatable, the Financial Times reported. Barrot said he intended to split the Galileo procurement into six segments, with any single prime contractor limited to two segments. Galileo is now is slated to go into operation in 2013, a year later than planned under the public-private partnership.

Meanwhile, the United States continues to beef up its GPS ground control segment, located at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. In September, the Air Force completed an $800 million project to switch the ground control system from 1970s-era mainframe computers to a new distributed architecture designed to support advanced GPS III satellites slated for launch in 2013.

Last week, the Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. and Raytheon Co. 18-month contracts worth $160 million each to design the GPS Next Generation control system. The winning design will be tapped for system development contracts worth $1 billion, according to Northrop Grumman. Raytheon said the control system will include anti-jam capabilities, improved security, accuracy and reliability, and will integrate government and industry open system standards.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

    Download
  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

    Download
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

    Download
  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

    Download
  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

    Download
  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.