UK Secretary of State: A future navigation service did not drive our OneWeb Global purchase

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The British government’s investment in OneWeb Global was was done for both strategic and commercial reasons but did not hinge on OneWeb’s becoming a future global navigation satellite system, Britain’s secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said.

But OneWeb may have a future role in offering “resilience” to the U.S. GPS and European Galileo positioning, navigation and timing networks, Alok Sharma said.

Sharma’s department made U.K. government’s OneWeb commitment . . .

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