UK allocates £100m for independent GPS plan
The Continentals are threatening to ban the UK from using the military encrypted signals from the EU Galileo satellite constellation.
Richard Wimmer, Project Manager of the Aeolus satellite at Airbus in Stevenage, told the Sunday Telegraph : “Britain is still a very very key player in ESA (European Space Agency) which is a separate organisation to the European Union, so we will still remain a member of ESA, and a very large member, in terms of contribution.
“With the expertise that the UK has built up we are a big part of the European space industry, so even on the European Union programmes are presence will be vital, so I think they will find ways to include us because I think they need us.”
“Even on the Galileo, the payload was developed in the UK so the fundamental technology is coming from the UK. So they’ve got to find a way round that. You can’t say the UK can’t any longer be involved when we own the technology.”
However Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency says it looks increasingly unlikely that Europe will allow access to Galileo, or allow British contractors to build satellites.
If excluded, we will try to recoup about £1 billion spent by the UK on Galileo so far.