[ntp:questions] Galileo's atomic clocks

David J Taylor david-taylor at blueyonder.neither-this-bit.nor-this-bit.co.uk
Fri Apr 25 06:51:04 UTC 2008


Evandro Menezes wrote:
> On Apr 24, 11:55 am, ma... at gis.net (Danny Mayer) wrote:
>> Here's an interesting article on the Giove-B satellite's atomic
>> clocks being tested when it launches:
>
> IF it launches AND remains in reliable operation... :-/

Oh, the first test satellite in the European GPS system is already in 
orbit and has recently had its support contract extended beyong its 
planned life.

Rightly or wrongly, there is a will in Europe to have a GPS system which 
is not under control of the US military, which can provide better 
accuracy, and on which "value-added" services can be built.  Whether all 
European tax-payers would agree with that way of spending money is 
off-topic here!

But for /all/ NTP GPS users it should mean better coverage and greater 
potential accuracy.

Cheers,
David 





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