EU Galileo satellite navigation system may drop fee-paying Commercial Service, prepares UK exit

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The successful Dec. 12 launch of four European Galileo positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) satellites aboard a European Ariane 5 rocket comes as Galileo managers consider offering its higher-accuracy Commercial Service free of charge and separate themselves from Britain in advance of Brexit.

The launch means the Galileo network by mid-2018 will have 18 fully operational satellites in orbit, with four others available but not providing full service. Another four sateliltes are scheduled for launch in mid-2018 aboard the Ariane 5, closing out the first two orders for spacecraft . . .

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