The Galileo Project was intended to deliver a rival to the United States’ well-established and widely used GPS system, partly to free Europe from dependence on a foreign navigation system and partly as an anti-American political gesture, the Franco-German Axis seeing the US as an enemy.
This is similar to repeated attempts to develop a direct competitor to the Internet. In this latter case, Europe does have the technical advantage of a long experience in developing X.400 and X.500 specifications that would allow a much more efficient global data network to be constructed. However, as with GPS, successive US Administrations have maintained an open policy and the Internet has delivered outstanding value for money, as does the US GPS environment.
The European Union began as a Trading Partnership, even though the Franco-German political elite have always been very open that they intend to create a United States of Europe that can take on, and defeat, the United States of America. European Federation became more obvious with the adoption of a flag to mark the growth to ten Member States. The EU is now continuing down the path towards a huge empire that will extend into the Middle East and already includes territory in Africa, the Americas and the Pacific. New maps drawn up as part of the process of extinguishing national associations – see BSD review of the People’s Republic of Arc Manche “Hello Mister President” Friday, November 3rd, 2006 – includes countries that have either refused to joint the EU or joined and then left. Proposals for a new flag to mark the expansion of the EU may indicate the Stalinist national socialist preferences of many eletist EU politicians.
Some EU statements on the need to develop a rival to the Internet demonstrate that any State control and interference with communications systems are much more likely to come from the EU than from the US. It would be highly desirable to produce a counter to spam which costs Internet users so much, and it would be highly desirable to prevent criminals from making use of the Internet, but these undesirable factors are the price of avoiding censorship and control by narrow minorities. The real solution will be the evolution of systems that users are free to adopt, or ignore, without having them imposed by a small group of elite politicians
THE European Union’s project to set up its own satellite-based positioning system, Galileo, is in crisis according to German transport minister Wolfgang Tiefensee, An EU Council of Ministers meeting yesterday set deadlines for the project to be brought back on track.
German transport minister Wolfgang Tiefensee
Mr Tiefensee said: “Galileo has not yet overcome its difficulties. It is true that the industry has made some moves in the right direction. The concession contract has been concluded. But the consortium has yet to resolve elementary issues. Thus, for instance, decisions within the consortium can only be taken by unanimity. But we need a consortium company that is capable of negotiating and taking decisions, so that the blockades are not continued. That is why Galileo is still in a crisis”, said the German transport minister, Wolfgang Tiefensee, at today’s EU Transport Council in Brussels.”
The US GPS system is already highly developed and is the system used by a wide variety of military and civil GPS receiver navigation systems. For those countries using the US system, and civilians of US and non-US nationality, there is always a fear that one day the US will encrypt signals so that the system can only be used by the US Federal Government and its selected Agencies. That fear would apply to any GPS constellation that was under the control of a single country. The only practical solutions would be for receivers to be able to use any of several different systems, but at a greatly increased cost of receiver products, or to develop a way in which at least part of the constellation could be brought under multi-national control
A German government statement said: “There have been major delays in the negotiations on the concession for the European Galileo satellite navigation system. This is due primarily to inadequate organizational and management structures within the bidding consortium and to disagreements regarding the distribution of work shares. Work shares are part of the ‘Brussels Gravy Train’ of corruption, where contracts are shared out on the basis of political influence, rather than on financial and/or technical superiority. For this reason, Mr Tiefensee, in his capacity as EU Council President, today presented to his European counterparts a package of concrete measures to resolve the current blockade, and made it clear that any further delay in this major European innovative project is unacceptable.”
The US GPS constellation is now onto Block III satellites. The long experience in running a GPS system places the US well ahead of any other country. That is good for the US and American manufacturers but a major challenge for everyone else. Any new GPS constellation, launched in competition, would probably start off close to the US Block II or Block IIA technology, several generations behind the current Block III technology
Mr Tiefensee added: “At its meeting today, the EU Transport Council reached agreement on a way to ensure the speedy continuation of the Galileo project. In the Conclusions, which were adopted at my suggestion, the European Commission is requested to develop scenarios by June as to how Galileo can – if necessary – be realized in a different way. Because it would appear likely that we will face similar delays to the project in the future. Likewise, the consortium has been given a deadline – 10 May – by which they are to have solved their internal problems and overcome any blockades. In addition, I expect the European Commission to embrace the political leadership role it has been given and to do everything it can to remove the existing obstacles.” said Mr Tiefensee.
A Block III GPS satellite under construction and test at the Lockheed Martin facility in the US. This generation of GPS satellites is a long way from the very first Block I space craft. Since the first constellation was launched by the US, originally specifically for military purposes, the constellation has become more effective as the number of satellites in it increase. It has also become more effective as satellite technology has advanced.
Today, millions of GPS receiver systems are on sale and in widespread use around the world on land, at sea, and in the air. GPS navigation systems could become mandatory for even small private marine craft and for motor vehicles.
Although the European Union has expressed many concerns about possible US restriction by signal encryption, the objections may have more to do with the plans of the EU ruling elite to implement a “Big Brother” police state of the type being introduced, against the popular wishes of citizens, by the Blair regime national socialists. GPS is seen as a fundamental tool of the Great Index that will allow every citizen to be monitored in great detail. Some of the secret police applications, that are likely to be added to the Great Index, would require direct and total control of the GPS constellation on which the system would be based. That means that civil liberty considerations by an American President could result in the US GPS constellation carrying devices to frustrate police state monitoring applications or use information from such applications.