The €10billion (£8billion) Galileo project went live in 2016 and is designed to give precision information to all countries within the EU. Organisations, phones and apps across the EU rely on the system but during an upgrade last July, the system went down.
The rebooting of Galileo took six days but according to officials reports, it appears never to have happened.
In Galileo’s quarterly performance report published last week, the system stated it had surpassed all its targets.
The system was shown to be operating optimally across July, August and September and showed no severe drop-off.
The report said: “During this quarterly reporting period, the measured Galileo Initial Open Service performance figures exceed the Minimum Performance Level MPL targets specified in the [OS-SDD], with the exception of the UTC availability MPLs in July.”
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EU news: Galileo was launched in 2016 (Image: GETTY)
Within the report, the drop in the service was downplayed as merely a “technical incident related to its ground infrastructure”.
It added: “On July 10th 2019, Galileo was affected by a technical incident related to its ground infrastructure, which resulted in an interruption of the Galileo initial navigation and timing services.
“The technical issue was solely related to the ground infrastructure in the Galileo control centres, not to the Galileo satellites.
“The incident impacted the time and orbit determination function.
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“It was caused by a series of unrelated events that impacted the synchronisation of elements of the Galileo ground system.”
Following the calamity, the European Commission set up an