Brexit Britain has been kicked out of the EU’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) after severing ties with the bloc. Officials and industry insiders have pushed the government to relaunch re-membership talks – and the EU has appeared to open the door to talks. In June, Timo Pesonen, Director General of the European Commission for Defense Industry and Space, said: “The European Union is open to negotiating with the United Kingdom on its participation in EU space programs. . The ball is in London, not here.
But Express.co.uk can confirm that the government has no plans to play ball with Brussels.
Instead, the UK will continue to rely on the US Global Positioning System (GPS) for position, navigation and timing (PNT) services until a suitable replacement is selected.
A spokesperson for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy added: ‘The UK is no longer participating in Galileo because it did not meet our security, defense and industry requirements .
The search for a replacement in the UK has now reportedly filtered down to around 10 options which will be presented to the government in November.
A number of options have already been presented, including the constellation of OneWeb Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites.
The government has invested £ 364m ($ 500m) to acquire the bankrupt satellite company OneWeb, together with Indian company Bharti Global.
OneWeb was designed primarily as a broadband constellation – it will provide rural 4G internet signals, and one day 5G, across the country.
But now OneWeb’s Gen2 satellite is being touted as a potential Galileo replacement with breakthrough technology to meet the needs of government, military, maritime and first responder customers.
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This comes after the American company Kymeta announced that it had successfully tested its u8 broadband terminal with OneWeb.
Kymeta and OneWeb performed a series of LEO satellite acquisition, tracking and throughput measurements in Toulouse, France.
It is understood that the technology could be integrated with OneWeb satellites to provide solutions that meet the needs of government, military, maritime and first responder customers.
OneWeb works with a portfolio of companies, including Hanwha, which recently invested £ 200million in the operator.
Hanwha made the investment through Hanwha Systems, the defense systems division that last year acquired Phasor Solutions, a British satellite antenna start-up.
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The group will sit on OneWeb’s board of directors.
OneWeb said adding one of South Korea’s leading advocacy groups as a shareholder would bring relationships with new government clients and a broader geographic reach.
Neil Masterson, chief executive of OneWeb, said Hanwha would also bring “advanced defense and antenna technology.”
Galileo, which will be commissioned in 2026, has a regulated public service (PRS) that can be used by government agencies, the armed forces and emergency services.
The bloc decided that this “crucial feature” would only be accessible to EU members, although the UK has developed its “brain and heart”.