Europe's Galileo GPS Satellite System Experiencing Major Outage

Galileo Satellite Navigation System Experiences Service Outage

The agency also confirmed that "an Anomaly Review Board has been immediately set up to analyze the exact root cause and to implement recovery actions".

Experts are working to restore the situation as soon as possible.

Europe's Galileo satellite position system, a future rival of the American GPS network, has been out of service since Friday, its oversight agency said.

Depending on the sat-nav chip they have installed, cell phones and other devices might also be making connections with the Russian (Glonass) and Chinese (Beidou) networks.

Europe's satellite-navigation system, Galileo, has suffered a major outage.

"As far as I know, it is a problem of the PTF [Precise Timing Facility] in Italy - time has an impact on the whole constellation", a source close to the program told Inside GNSS.


A later notification [pdf] warns users of "a technical incident in the Galileo ground infrastructure" that "is affecting the functioning of the Galileo system, as a result of which there is a temporary interruption of some of the Galileo initial services".

Galileo is owned by the EU and operated by the European Space Agency.

The EU's Galileo satellites have been suffering from technical problems. Service came online in 2016, however the system is still in a pilot phase, meaning it's not meant to be used for mission-critical situations.

Reportedly, the issue stems from a failure at the Precise Timing Facility, which generates the Galileo System Time. All Galileo satellites are still non-operational, at the time of writing.

Europe's alternative to Global Positioning System went "live" with initial services in December 2016 after 17 years of development.

Usage goes far beyond just finding one's way through an unfamiliar city.

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