September 9, 2008
Galileo Satellite Navigation System Control Centre Opens in Germany
Text of report by independent German news agency ddp
Oberpfaffenhofen (ddp) - The new main control centre of the European satellite navigation system Galileo was opened on Monday [ 8 September] in Oberpfaffenhofen. Starting in 2009, 30 satellites are to be carried into space and directed from the control centre. Like the US system GPS, the network should provide position data to car drivers and companies. Federal Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee (SPD [Social Democratic Party of Germany]) said at the dedication: "The new control centre will create up to 100 jobs in Germany, and that is just the beginning."
Originally published by ddp news agency, Berlin, in German 1328 8 Sep 08.
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