Agosto 26, 2008
Quando o projecto Galileu foi criado teria unicamente fins civis. Contudo, no passado dia 10 de Julho o Parlamento Europeu aprovou que a constelação de 30 satélites e operacional em 2013 tivese igualmente fins militares.
Fica aqui a transcrição da noticia publicada no Center for Defense Information:
"The expected deployment of the European satellite navigation system Galileo, comprised of 30 navigation satellites and a ground infrastructure, is set for 2013. The services the system will provide are the Open Service, the Safety of Life Service, the Commercial Service, the Public Regulated Service and the Search and Rescue Service. On July 10, the European Parliament approved military use of the Galileo system that will include surveillance to protect against an array of space threats including space debris. Galileo is being fully funded out of the European Community budget with the European Commission as the contracting authority and European Space Agency as the procurement and design agent. The initial request for industrial bids on the Galileo system was issued July 1, allowing only legal, established contractors in the member states of the European Union to bid. The work packages submitted for bidding include system support, the ground mission segment, the ground control segment, the space segment (satellites), and operations. The sixth work package, launch vehicles, has not been ordered yet but a mix of Ariane 5 and Russian-built Soyuz rockets will potentially be offered from the Arianespace launch consortium. Contracts should be awarded by June 2009. (European Space Agency, July 2, 2008; Deutsche Welle, July 10, 2008; Space News, July 1, 2008) "