Galileo, farewell! Britain is in the driver’s seat after Brexit, with a new project projected to “rival” the EU.
This website can exclusively reveal that BREXIT BRITAIN is now “in the driver’s seat,” as a massive collaboration between OneWeb and Airbus has the potential to “rival” the European Union’s Galileo program.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson opened a £35 million satellite manufacturing facility at Airbus Stevenage on Monday, before reminding the public in a video about the “deal with did a year ago to buy OneWeb.” OneWeb is the government’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) broadband constellation, which it bought alongside Bharti Global to give “global” Internet service. The London-based tech firm recently declared itself “financially stable” after raising the $2.4 billion (£1.73 billion) needed to complete the constellation’s final 650 satellites.
It has partnered with Airbus, Europe’s leading space corporation, to “design and construct” the satellites at Airbus’ state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly new space and defense headquarters, Orbit House.
And, according to David Morris, Chair of the Parliamentary Space Committee, it also presents the UK with another significant opportunity.
“There is potential here for OneWeb and Airbus to collaborate much more in the future,” he said.
“When the two work together, they could create a system that rivals Galileo’s.
“Before OneWeb went bankrupt, Airbus owned a stake in the company.
“It has already been functioning with OneWeb in some capacity, but now we are in control.
“We now have complete control over where we take the new technology.”
It comes after the UK was kicked out of the EU’s Galileo program.
In 2026, the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) will go active, with a Public Regulated Service (PRS) that government entities, armed forces, and emergency services can utilize.
It arose after the EU decided that despite the UK playing a key role in its creation, this “critical feature” would only be available to EU members.
OneWeb was built first and foremost as a broadband constellation, providing rural 4G and, eventually, 5G Internet transmissions across the country.
It will operate in low Earth orbit (LEO), as opposed to Galileo and GPS’s medium Earth orbits.
While OneWeb’s first batch of satellites will be used for broadband, some have speculated that future developments could incorporate navigation capabilities similar to Galileo.
Mr Morris, the Member of Parliament for Morecambe and Lunesdale, stated that the.