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Galileo: Performance Standards

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what criteria he will use to assess the performance of the Galileo system. (163482)

Galileo has been jointly developed by the European Union and the European Space Agency (ESA). The main characteristics of the system were agreed by the Council of European Transport Ministers at its meeting on 9-10 December 2004. ESA is responsible for the technical development of the system and is currently managing the In-Orbit Validation (IOV) phase of the programme. It is this phase which is intended to demonstrate the potential of the system to provide services and benefits to the UK, Europe and globally.