Today Programme 01/12/18

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GPS and Galileo


We do have capability in this country, there is absolutely no doubt. UK business has been involved in a lot of the most important parts of the Galileo system, this includes the payload, the atomic clocks that give us these precise signals and a lot of the encryption. The difficulty in saying we can build our own is taking on all of the responsibility and all of the costs ourselves. The current estimate is 3-5 billion. But if you look at the history of GPS and Galileo both far gone past initial estimates in cost and time [18:33 - 23:00].