The Galileo programme

27-10-2010

Galileo, a European constellation of satellites currently under construction, has been accumulating delays and cost overruns since its inception in 1999. Galileo was initially planned to be operational in 2008, but as of 2010 only two experimental satellites have been put into orbit. As regards funding, the programme was initially planned to be partially financed by the private sector. However, negotiations failed in 2007 and in 2008 the programme became financed entirely by the EU budget.

Galileo, a European constellation of satellites currently under construction, has been accumulating delays and cost overruns since its inception in 1999. Galileo was initially planned to be operational in 2008, but as of 2010 only two experimental satellites have been put into orbit. As regards funding, the programme was initially planned to be partially financed by the private sector. However, negotiations failed in 2007 and in 2008 the programme became financed entirely by the EU budget.