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Galileo Week Long Outage Partly Due to Software Update

Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 26 Jul 2019

A week long outage of the EU's Galileo satellite navigation system was partly due to a security software update.

Carlo des Dirides, Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency, told officials at the European Parliament's Industry Committee that while the problem originated in a timing reference system at a ground control centre near Rome, a backup system at another centre failed to kick in due to a botched security update.

Whilst both issues have now been fixed, the near week long outage that resulted isn't a great look. However it should be pointed out that the service is still in the roll-out phase and not in full operation. Affected receivers were still able to obtain a fix from the American Global Positioning System (GPS), Russia's Glonass and China's Beidou.

Source: gsc-europa.eu

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