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India Climbs Aboard European Galileo GPS Project


India has become the latest country to announce joining the Galileo project. Galileo is a new network of satellites to provide GPS functionality. The difference between Galileo and the current NAVSTAR system most people use today is that Galileo will be controlled by civilians from various countries rather than the current US Defense department controlled system.

“This is another important step for the development of Galileo as an international programme, but also a major milestone in the EU/India partnership,” said Jacques Barrot, vice-president of the European Commission.

Other countries outside of Europe that have recently joined are China, Ukraine, and Israel. Reportedly talks are currently underway with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Malaysia, Norway, and South Korea.

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