Europe’s GPS system fixed, but users still face “service instability”
Europe’s satellite navigation system, ‘Galileo,’ has been finally restored six days following a major technical error caused most satellites powering the machine to breakdown.
The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GNSS) announced that initial services have been restored on Thursday morning, but added that users may &ldquo still;experience service instability until further notice.”
The EU’s Galileo system was created to replace the US’ In December 2016 after 17 years of development navigation in a multi-billion-euro project that went live. However, users were automatically reverted to the united states positioning system through the almost week-long outage.
The GNSS announced the outage, explaining that “a technical incident linked to its ground infrastructure” had caused a “temporary interruption” since Friday of services, July 12.
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There are 22 operational satellites in orbit currently, with another two in testing and an additional 12 under construction. Owned by the EU and operated by the European Space Agency, the entire service is likely to be deployed by 2020.
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