After the UK was denied a return to the EU, the replacement for Galileo was given the green light.
After the EU extended an olive branch to the UK about perhaps rejoining the project, plans for a UK Galileo replacement appear to have been given the go light.
When the United Kingdom left the EU, it was booted out of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). However, Timo Pesonen, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space, seems to open the door for the UK to return. “The EU is open to talk with the UK on its participation in the EU space programs,” Mr Pesonen said at a briefing in Brussels in June. The ball isn’t here; it’s in London.”
The system, which will go online in 2026, includes a Public Regulated Service (PRS) that government entities, the military, and emergency services can use.
Despite the UK creating its “brains and heart,” the EU decided that this “critical feature” would only be available to EU members.
When the government paid £364 million ($500 million) in a joint venture with the Indian corporation Bharti Global to save the satellite company OneWeb from bankruptcy, it looked to give up on the idea of creating a UK equivalent.
The LEO satellite constellation was purchased with the goal of providing “global” Internet coverage.
OneWeb, on the other hand, is rumored to be exploring offering Positioning Navigation and Timing (PNT) services.
“What we can give is essentially a result of our communications payload,” OneWeb’s chief technical officer, Massimiliano Ladovaz, said.
“To offer such capability, we don’t need multibillion-dollar new satellites.
“We will be able to deliver good time precision without modifying anything on the satellites,” says the researcher.
This would begin with basic timing services on its currently operational “Generation 1” satellites.
Later in the decade, “Generation 2” satellites would be launched, according to OneWeb, capable of providing full navigation services.
“It’s about offering a high-availability, high-accuracy positioning, navigation, and timing service that is independent of other satellite navigation services,” Mr Ladovaz explained.
Hanwha, one of South Korea’s largest companies, invested £200 million in OneWeb earlier this month.
Hanwha Systems, the defence systems company, made the investment through the acquisition of Phasor Solutions, a British satellite antenna start-up, last year.
The group will be represented on OneWeb’s board of directors.
OneWeb claims that the entrance of one of South Korea’s largest defense companies as a shareholder will result in new Government customer ties and a wider geographic reach.
“Brinkwire Summary News,” by Neil Masterson of OneWeb.