Outgoing EU GNSS Agency chief: Galileo was declared operational before it was ready

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The head of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) said the decision to declare Galileo operational for “Initial Services” in December 2016 was not universally supported and that it led to undue publicity around the week-long service shutdown in July 2019.

Carlo des Dorides is leaving his post as GSA Executive Director after nine years, as scheduled, just as GSA becomes transforms into the European Union Agency for the Space Program, with a much broader mandate to include the Copernicus Earth observation network and proposed new initiatives in . . .

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