Europe's Galileo sat-nav satellites back online

Mail Online | 7/18/2019 | Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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The EU's Galileo satellite navigation system is back online after a mysterious week-long outage.

It had been knocked offline last Friday following a ground-based technical incident but the EU did not disclose the reasons behind the loss in coverage.

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All of the operational satellites in the Galileo constellation are now 'usable' according to the official status page.

All twenty-four satellites were out of service but it is thought emergency services and the ability to locate and help people in distress situations was unaffected.

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Experts were aware of the issue and working to fix it from the moment it occurred, the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) said.

The system is provided for free and is used by private firms, government agencies, academics and the tech sector.

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Issues persisted all week long and it resulted in a complete drop in coverage - with satellites unable to give locations or times to smartphones or other devices.

The majority of popular handsets in use around Europe are reliant on Galileo - including all iPhones released since 2017.

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