European’s own satellite navigation system has been down for days. It shouldn’t cause any serious issue but must be annoying for anybody that has something to do with this 10 billion Euro EU project.
I saw first notes on this on following article (Note that the Galileo system is still very new and not as commonplace as the article indicates).
EU’s GPS satellites have been down for several days in mysterious outage
EU’s Galileo global navigation satellite system nears 100 hours of downtime at the time that article was published. And it does not seem to be fixed yet.
Galileo, the EU’s global navigation satellite system, has been down since July 11, following a mysterious outage. All Galileo satellites were still non-operational, at the time of writing July 14 – and that situation seems to persist still, satellite status http://archive.is/jbW9y
https://www.engadget.com/2019/07/15/eu-galileo-four-day-outage/ article says that the European GNSS Agency (GSA) have described as a “technical incident related to its ground infrastructure.”
’We can’t provide a running commentary,’ official says after EU forced to take satellite navigation system offline.
The Galileo constellation, a €10 billion investment, has now no timeline for bringing the navigation service back into operation.
What to learn about this?
When you buy a satellite positioning device, it might be a good idea to make sure that it can do several from list GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and the upcoming BeiDou.
To be able to receive more that one satellite constellation gives you redundancy if one of those systems are unavailable for some reason.
GPS is run by the US, and is available anywhere in the world, including over the EU.
Galileo is an independent positioning system from GPS. Galileo was developed because the EU wanted their own positioning system as a fail safe for if the US run GPS failed, or couldn’t be trusted.
Glonass is Russia’s own positioning system, developed for the same reason as the EU run Galileo system.
Most modern devices can use any combination of these 3 positioning systems. Such devices will just fall back to GPS until Galileo comes back up. And older devices just use GPS.
I doubt most people even noticed Galileo is/was gone.