EU Commissioner: Galileo outage caused by confusion of responsibility between EU, ESA and GNSS Agency

by Peter B. de Selding

SEVILLE, Spain — The outage of Europe’s Galileo global positioning, navigation and timing network in July was a result of the unclear lines of authority between the European Union, its Galileo operational authority and the European Space Agency (ESA), outgoing European Commission Vice President Elzbieta Bienkowska said.

In a speech made here Nov. 27 to ESA government ministers and in a subsequent informal meeting with reporters, Bienkowska said the outage, which lasted about a week, is an example of what needs to be improved in . . .

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