LONDON (Reuters) – Britain mentioned on Wednesday it will begin work on another satellite tv for pc system to the European Union’s Galileo undertaking to make sure its nationwide safety whether it is barred from equal entry to the EU programme after Brexit.
The British government, which nonetheless desires to stay concerned in Galileo, mentioned it will spend 92 million kilos on plans for an unbiased satellite tv for pc system, led by the UK Space Agency with assist from the Ministry of Defence.
The Galileo system, which can ultimately have 30 satellites, is designed to compete with the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS), used for business, army and different vital functions resembling guiding plane.
British know-how has been instrumental in Galileo’s improvement, and London has been angered by strikes to close British corporations out of the undertaking earlier than Brexit subsequent 12 months. The EU has mentioned it’s honouring the present legal guidelines.
Britain mentioned that until it may well proceed to collaborate on an equal foundation and has entry to security-related data wanted for army capabilities like missile steering, it’ll go away the undertaking.
“We are investing in an alternative option to Galileo to ensure our future security needs are met using the UK’s world-leading space sector,” Business Secretary Greg Clark mentioned on Wednesday.
“Our position on Galileo has been consistent and clear. We have repeatedly highlighted the specialist expertise we bring to the project and the risks in time delays and cost increases that the European Commission is taking by excluding UK industry.”
Britain mentioned it had abilities, experience and dedication to create it personal satellite tv for pc system. Such a system could possibly be up and working in 4 to 5 years, and price about three billion kilos, one skilled mentioned in May.
The EU goals to make use of Galileo to faucet into the global market for satellite tv for pc navigation companies, which it estimates might be value 250 billion euros ($293 billion) by 2022.
Reporting by Paul Sandle; enhancing by Michael Holden