Galileo satellite staff
19 December 2016

Galileo goes into operation!

Galileo went live on 15 December. This was a historic day: this geolocation system will help ensure the emergence of innovative applications in a wide range of sectors.
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Alain Vidalies hailed the launch of the Galileo global positioning system, which constitutes the practical implementation of a major European programme initiated in 1999.
To meet this target, the Galileo programme saw an accelerated deployment of its satellite constellation in 2016, with 6 satellites sent into orbit this year and the programme’s first use of Ariane 5 at the launch on 17 November.

A Major Step Forward for Europe

With Galileo, Europe now boasts its own geolocation system, which is sure to encourage the creation of innovative applications in a wide range of sectors, notably the transport sector. Thanks to the range of its satellite coverage, Galileo will offer much more precise and reliable results than its competition.
It will give Europe independence in a field that impacts 8% of the European economy, an essential advantage over its international competitors. Its launch today marks the beginning of the programme’s operational phase, and should encourage manufacturers to develop solutions that use Galileo, to the benefit of all citizens.
France very much hopes to see Europe supporting the emergence of innovative applications now that this system is operational. In a highly competitive global environment, Europe’s autonomy must be fully guaranteed by a regulation that makes the use of chips compatible with Galileo compulsory in all receivers used across Europe. “We launched the Galileo programme to gain our independence in a sector that a significant percentage of our economy depends on. Now that the Galileo constellation has become a reality, ensuring that it’s used to good effect is a matter of urgency”, Alain Vidalies stated.

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