Galileo went live in 2016, costing £9billion and provides precise tracking of information for all countries in the EU. The UK pulled out of the project in 2018, although it will receive certain aspects of the programme.
In order to replace any UK reliance on the programme, University of Sussex professor, Chris Chatwin and Dr Lasisi Lawal Salami, from Nigeria’s Obasanjo Space Centre have drawn up a low-cost alternative to surpass Galileo.
The proposal is to create a reasonably priced Satellite-Based Augmentation System which would be a navigation oversell service hosted on a national satellite.
Mr Chatwin, Professor in Engineering at the University of Sussex, said: “Our system can use the GPS or Galileo free signal or both and augments it to give it a more accurate signal that is comparable to the encrypted military signal.
“The augmentation system has extremely accurate clocks so it provides an additional signal to the GPS signal and reduces the ambiguity of the location determination.
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“If we use augmentation we can greatly reduce costs from £7billion to £300million, but we still depend on the US or the EU for their free signal.
“In the end this is a decision about sovereignty.
“If we still believe that we are an independent military power, then we’d have to find considerable resources to build our own GNSS system.
“We could call it Newton.”
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Published in the Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, the new system would cost an estimated £300million, much less than the EU’s version.
The Satellite-Based Augmentation System could