The Galileo satellite system is back in operation

Last week, disturbances were observed in the global satellite navigation system Galileo that resulted in interruption of Galileo’s navigation and timing services. The problem has been fixed and Galileo is restored to normal operation.

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Galileo is a navigation system developed by the European Union and the European Space Agency, and its satellite signals are used together with other satellite navigation systems. At later stage, Galileo is intended to work independently.

“Galileo services are becoming more common in all applications, and they will replace GPS in Europe.
This did not have a large impact on the National Land Survey’s positioning service because we receive four types of navigation systems (GPS, Galileo, Beidou, Glonass), and interruption of one system was not dramatic”, says Jarkko Koskinen, Director General, the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute of the National Land Survey of Finland.

According to the European GNSS Agency, the incident was related to the ground infrastructure. The specific cause is not known. GSA is investigating the matter.

Additional information:
Director General Jarkko Koskinen, 050 337 2902, etunimi.sukunimi@maanmittauslaitos.fi

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