Europe's version of GPS suffers major outage

GPS, GNSS, Satellites, GLONASS, Galileo, Europe, European union, EU, Tech


The skyline of Berlin, Germany. Photo credit: Ben Mack

The European satellite programme that provides location data to smartphones and other navigation systems has sufered from a major outage.

Known as Galileo, the European Union's Global Navigation Satellite System - or GNSS- is meant o be an alternative to the US' GPS (Global Positioning System) and Russia's GLONASS.

The European GNSS Agency has said the outage was due to a technical incident on the ground. In other words: extraterrestrial interference is not likely.

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