EU Launches New Satellite Navigation System

Ainsley Jones

The European Commission launched a free satellite system that offers more precise navigation than the U.S.-based Global Positioning System. The system, known as the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), aims to aid pilots, drivers and blind people.


EGNOS improves the accuracy of GPS signals from 10 meters to two meters and lays the groundwork for the Galileo project, the European Union's competitor to GPS, which is due to launch in 2014, reports Reuters. The EGNOS system will utilize three satellites and 34 groundstations, provide coverage to most European states, and has the built-in capacity to be extended to North Africa and neighboring EU countries, according to GPS World.

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