Success of LEO PNT constellation at ESA ministerial means EU likely to add LEO complement to Galileo

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Union is all but certain to build an operational constellation of low-Earth-orbit satellites for positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) services to complement the Galileo constellation in higher orbit following the groundswell of financial support for an R&D precursor constellation.

Among the clear winners at the Nov. 22-23 conference of European Space Agency (ESA) ministers, and there were several, was the 22-nation ESA’s Navigation directorate.

ESA has had a small program, called Navigation Innovation and . . .

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