First Galileo satellite is off the ground

After the failure of the end of the world (again!), here’s something more interesting: the first satellite in the EU’s Galileo network has left Earth.

The Galileo network is intended to act as a European version of the GPS network, and it may provide a lot of jobs in the IT and science sectors for the rest of the decade as they get the network up and running. Now, the big question is “Why not just use the GPS network?”
The answer to that might well have something to do with increasing competition in the markets. It also might be related to the clocks on-board the satellites being more precise, which may make measurements using GPS more precise. That said, satnav systems won’t be able to use it until around 2015, so don’t turn them off just yet (if you use them, that is)!

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