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U.K. Says Disruption to Satellite Navigation Would Cost Billions

  • Britain pledges 92 million pounds to scope Galileo replacement
  • EU has said U.K. can’t retain full Galileo access after Brexit
An illustration of a Galileo satellite.

An illustration of a Galileo satellite.

Source: ESA

A sustained disruption to navigation systems would cost the British economy 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion) a day, the U.K. government said, as it outlined steps to develop its own alternative to the European Union’s Galileo satellite array.

The damage estimate takes into account a “sustained” disruption to systems that “are increasingly important for commercial, military and other critical applications,” the government said late Tuesday in a statement. The systems help guide ships, aircraft, missiles and passenger cars.