Brussels: Galileo, the EU satellite navigation programme and Copernicus, the EU Earth monitoring programme are in decisive phases this year, according to a recent press release published by the European commission. With the launch of six additional Galileo satellites, Europeans will soon be able to use their own satellite navigation system. The first Copernicus satellite launch will also improve maritime security, climate change monitoring and provide support in emergency and crisis situations. The CEOs of five companies involved in the programme and ESA have expressed their strong commitment to the launch of additional satellites for the two space programmes in 2014. Initial Galileo services are expected to be available by the end of 2014 or the beginning of next year.