German government makes funds available for Galileo development work

German government makes funds available for Galileo development work

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Germany, 28 August 2006: The German federal government will provide funds to the tune of 2.5 million Euros for research and development work in Rostock on the European satellite-based navigation system Galileo.

In the course of a visit to the Rostock-based technology company RST, Wolfgang Tiefensee, the Federal Minister responsible for promoting the industries of the eastern federal states that used to make up the German Democratic Republic, said that the groundwork R&D in the field of aerospace technology carried out by companies in Mecklenburg West-Pomerania was of an outstanding quality. Substantial funds would now be invested in Galileo application research, he added.

Within the context of research undertaken by RST, four transmitters will be set up in the port of Rostock capable of giving off Galileo signals. During the test phase the signals, which allow the receiver to pinpoint the position of the sender exactly, will be picked up by a ship of the ferry line Scandlines. The Galileo system is to go into operation in 2010. It will then comprise some 30 satellites orbiting the Earth that in a manner comparable to that of the US GPS navigation system will send positioning signals back to earth.