Europe's Satellite System
Fifteen European governments on May 26 approved plans for Galileo, a $3.8 billion satellite navigation system that will be Europe's answer to the U.S.-based Global Positioning System. Galileo, a network of 30 satellites, would offer its services free of charge to the public, just as GPS does. But unlike GPS, Galileo wants to attract commercial customers, such as shipping companies, that would pay for more-precise tracking services. The European Union and the independent European Space Agency, which are jointly financing Galileo, have been eager to develop an alternative to GPS, which is run by the U.S. military.
Edited by Rose Brady