The EUs satellite navigation system, developed as an alternative to the United States GPS, is fully offline due to “a technical incident related to its ground infrastructure,” the blocs space agency said Sunday.
“The incident has led to a temporary interruption of the Galileo initial navigation and timing services,” the Prague-based European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency said, adding that Galileos search and rescue system used to locate distress signals at sea or in mountainous regions was still operational.
Galileo is the worlds fourth geo-location satellite system, after ones created by the U.S, Russia and China, and has been pitched by the EU as a more accurate alternative to GPS. The EU has poured some €10 billion into the system, which has operated on a trial basis since late 2016 and is set to be fully operational by the mid-2020s with 30 satellites in orbit.
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