Galileo vs. GPS & GLONASS
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is planning to develop its own GPS-like radio navigation system, named
Galileo. The $3 B U.S. program is scheduled to be in full operation
by 2008. Operating in the same frequency band as GPS (U.S.) and GLONASS
(Russia), it promises higher positional accuracy (a few meters) - including
data - without interference with existing systems. Galileo will consist
of 27 operational satellites and three orbiting spares in a 23,616 km
orbit inclined 56 degrees, and will be run by a consortium of European