London, 25 August 2006: The UK government will invest another £21 million in Galileo GNSS. Firms in the UK are already at the forefront of the £2.4 billion scheme to provide Europe with its own independent system by 2010. Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling said the boost to the Galileo project was “good news for British jobs, British technology and science”.
The full constellation of Galileo satellites is expected to be in operation by the end of 2010. Unveiling the extra cash, Mr Darling said: “The Galileo project has real potential to develop groundbreaking technology leading to more accurate in-car navigation and new systems for the emergency services to locate missing or injured people.”
“Already many British companies are leading its development. British expertise is helping to build it; we want British companies and jobs to benefit from it. That is why we are backing it”, he said.