Technical incident puts Europes GPS system fully offline for days

A major technical error has caused Europes satellite navigation system to be fully offline since Friday, with most satellites powering the Galileo system broken, the EUs space agency has said.

Europes Galileo system was built to replace the US GPS system but, since the outage, users are automatically being switched back to the US positioning system. The Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GNSS) said in a statement on Sunday that “a technical incident related to its ground infrastructure” had caused the problem.

The incident led to the “temporary interruption” of the Galileo services since Friday, with the exception of the Search and Rescue (SAR) service, which locates people in distress situations at sea or on mountains, GNSS said.

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The agency said its experts are working to restore operations “as soon as possible” and that an Anomaly Review Board has been set up to analyze the “exact root cause and to implement recovery actions.”

Galileo began providing its services in December 2016 as an alternative to the US system and was expected to be fully deployed by 2020. A status pageRead More – Source


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