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U.S., European Officials Make Progress in Harmonizing GPS, Galileo Systems

By | December 4, 2003

      Concerns that Europe’s proposed Galileo satellite navigation system might interfere with the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) appear to be easing. Talks between U.S. and European officials are leading to informal agreements aimed at avoiding potential interference between the two systems.

      Dave Turner, director of the U.S. government’s Interagency GPS Executive Board (IGEB) Secretariat, told a Wednesday meeting jointly sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce‘s Space Enterprise Council and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, that an informal agreement was recently reached with officials at the European Commission on the signal to use for Galileo’s public regulated service (PRS). That informal agreement still needs to be firmed up, Turner added.

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