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Senior British civil servants are reportedly urging government ministers to abandon plans to build the UK’s own global navigation satellite system (GNSS), arguing that the proposed £5 billion project is “unaffordable” amid the economic devastation being wrought by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The UK government’s plan to invest hundreds of millions of pounds in a satellite broadband company has been described as “nonsensical” by experts, who say the company doesn’t even make the right type of satellite the country needs after Brexit.
Ministers reportedly exploring alternatives to plan announced in 2018 to build rival to EU’s Galileo project.
PM and chancellor back purchase of 20% stake in troubled US operator OneWeb.
The EU’s Galileo GPS system went live in December, but the UK will now have to negotiate, and pay for, access to it. / Brexit could leave the UK out of new EU-wide global positioning system (GPS) that went live in December after more than 15 years in development, with much of the cutting-edge work having been carried out by British companies.