The European Union’s recent launch of the first of 30 satellites in its multibillion-dollar Galileo global navigation system was hailed across the Continent as a giant step in breaking the U.S monopoly of space-based networks. But China’s participation in the project raises important security issues that need to be addressed to prevent a new feud between America and Europe.
Galileo is Europe’s response to the U.S. military’s Global Positioning System, or GPS. The American armed forces use the GPS to guide warplanes and precision weapons. A less accurate nonmilitary version is used in navigational systems in cars, trucks, boats and airplanes.