EU’s Galileo satellites have been down for days
BRUSSELS: The European Union’s Galileo global navigation satellite system have been suffering from technical problems and out of work since last Thursday. This is apparently due its ground infrastructure suffering technical problems.
Experts are working to restore the situation as soon as possible, the agency wrote in its release. The problem may lie with the Precise Timing Facility, a ground station in Italy that gives each satellite in the system an accurate time reference, Inside GNSS said.
The Galileo program launched its first satellite in 2011, so that the EU wouldn’t have to rely on the US Global Positioning System, or GPS, for commercial, military and other applications like guiding aircraft. The agency didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.