EU space agency: Europe’s Global positioning system fully offline since Friday

EU space agency: Europe’s Global positioning system fully offline since Friday

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European Union’s space agency announced a major technical error has caused Europe’since Friday s satellite navigation system to be fully offline, with most satellites powering the Galileo system broken.

Europe’s Galileo system was created to replace the US’ GPS system but, because the outage, users are increasingly being switched back again to the united states positioning system automatically. The Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GNSS) said in a statement on Sunday that “a technical incident linked to its ground infrastructure” had caused the nagging problem.

The incident resulted in the “temporary interruption” since Friday of the Galileo services, apart from the Search and Rescue (SAR) service, which locates people in distress situations at sea or on mountains, GNSS said.

The agency said its experts will work to revive operations “as as possible&rdquo soon; and an ‘Anomaly Review Board’ has been create to investigate the “exact real cause also to implement recovery actions.”


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Galileo began providing its services in December 2016 instead of the united states system and was likely to be fully deployed by 2020. A status page on the agency’s website shows 22 satellites in the Galileo constellation listed as “not usable” because of “service outage.”

Galileo is owned by the EU and operated by the European Space Agency. A written report in industry publication Inside GNSS on Saturday claimed a Precise Timing Facility located in Italy was to be blamed for the outage.

Author: George Taylor

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