Richard North, 03/01/2006  
 

There is a superb piece in Space Review, published exactly a year ago, on this blog's favourite subject: Galileo. It could have been written today (and I thought it was). Here is a taster:

From the beginning, Galileo was never intended to be civilian. This idea is as silly as that of a civilian aircraft carrier or a civilian armored personnel carrier. Such things may have some non-military uses, but they are hardly instruments of peace. Galileo is a strategic military asset, meant to be one of the cornerstones of the EU's military power.
That's telling them.

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