Monday, October 25, 2004

Don't Make Me Come Up There

The US has threatened to destroy the European Global Positioning System (GPS) competitor, Galileo in the even of war with a country that will use the system.
The paper also reported a disagreement between EU and US officials this month over Galileo at a London conference which led to the threat to blow up the future satellites.

The European delegates reportedly said they would not turn off or jam signals from their satellites, even if they were used in a war with the United States.

Some allies. Beyond this, countries now need to decide which system they will use, since they are not compatible. Countries that want to distance themselves from the US may be tempted by Galileo, but would then risk having their GPS capabilities destroyed if a country that the US goes to war with also uses Galileo. So if, say, Norway and Iran are both countries that sign up to use Galileo, and the US ends up in a conflict with Iran, Norway may lose GPS abilities if the US decides it needs to shoot down the Galileo satellites.