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."

According to estimates of the EU Commission, 150,000 jobs should be created throughout Europe. The world market for satellite- supported products and services will grow from 60 billion euros in 2005 to 400 billion euros in 2025. Tiefensee appealed to small and medium-sized companies especially to develop innovative Galileo applications in order to have a part in this market.

Originally published by ddp news agency, Berlin, in German 1328 8 Sep 08.

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