‘Technical incident’ puts Europe’s GPS system fully offline for days

A serious technical error has prompted Europe’s satellite tv for pc navigation system to be fully offline since Friday, with most satellites powering the Galileo system damaged, the EU’s area company has stated.

Europe’s Galileo system was constructed to exchange the US’ GPS system however, for the reason that outage, customers are robotically being switched again to the US positioning system. The Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GNSS) stated in a press release on Sunday that “a technical incident related to its ground infrastructure” had prompted the issue. 

The incident led to the “temporary interruption” of the Galileo providers since Friday, except the Search and Rescue (SAR) service, which locates folks in misery conditions at sea or on mountains, GNSS stated.

The company stated its consultants are working to revive operations “as soon as possible” and that an ‘Anomaly Review Board’ has been set as much as analyze the “exact root cause and to implement recovery actions.”

Galileo started offering its providers in December 2016 as a substitute for the US system and was anticipated to be fully deployed by 2020. A status page on the company’s web site exhibits 22 satellites within the Galileo constellation listed as “not usable” resulting from “service outage.”

Galileo is owned by the EU and operated by the European Space Agency. A report in trade publication Inside GNSS on Saturday claimed {that a} Precise Timing Facility primarily based in Italy was accountable for the outage.