UK to spend $119M over 18 months studying independent satellite navigation system

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS— Delivering on its threat — or promise, depending on the viewer -- the British government on Aug. 29 agreed to spend $119 million over 18 months to examine a “UK alternative” to Europe’s Galileo positioning, navigation and timing system.

The 92 million British pounds ($119 million) in funding “will be rolled out over the coming months” from the 3-billion-pound Brexit readiness fund.

Described as an “engineering, design and development project,” the UK Galileo alternative spending would exceed Britain’s entire national civil space budget outside what it . . .

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