Will the Galileo navigation system be compatible with the American GPS?
The Galileo system is designed to be compatible and interoperable with GPS. The Galileo geodetic reference frame will be linked to ITRF (International Terrestrial Reference Frame) to which the GPS Reference frame is also linked. There are also plans to broadcast the time offset between Galileo and GPS times.
Recent discussions have concluded that the GPS and Galileo signals are fully compatible from a radio frequency point of view. Working together, Galileo and GPS will improve continuity and availability for the ATC users.
Initially named LS3 for "Lanceur trois étages de substitiution", in 1971 it was decided to find a less technical name for the European launcher. Three names were proposed: Penelope, Phoenix and Ariane. ESA chose the last. Its origin goes back to "Ariane’s thread" and the mythological legend of Thesee.
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Last update: 19 August 2014