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Norway wants in on space program

The Norwegian government is applying for permission to negotiate a possible participation on EU’s side of the development of the satellite navigation system Galileo.

03.12.04 09:39

Galileo is a collaboration project between EU and the European Space Agency (ESA). Norwegian participation has so far been connected to research and development through the participation in ESA. As a result Norway has only contributed 50 percent compared to EU countries, and according to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, this has limited the participation of Norwegian industry.

If Norway reaches an agreement with the EU, Norwegian industry will be able to participate on the same level as other EU countries.

A possible participation will, according to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, ensure that Norwegian needs within the field of satellite navigation will be taken into account in the further development of the system as well. It will also give Norwegian high technology businesses the opportunity to compete for bids on satellites and ground stations for Galileo.

Norway is contributing NOK 152 million (USD 20.4 million) to research. If Norway participates in the development phase, Norwegian industry hopes to be awarded contracts for NOK 670 million (USD 109.5 million).

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