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UK consider scrapping £92 million homegrown satellite navigation system

It was reported by The Telegraph that civil servants in both the Cabinet Office and Department for Business are pushing ministers to announce the cancellation.

In 2018, Theresa May announced £92 million for a study into a possible homegrown navigation system, much of which has already been spent, it is believed.

The project was suggested after the UK was shut out of the Galileo project in June 2018 after concerns over security clearance and the country’s impending exit from the EU. This saw the UK begin an 18 month engineering, design and development technical assessment into making its own system. 

Earlier this year, it was reported that the project had been delayed for at least 6 months over concerns about its scope and multi-billion-pound cost. 

Scrapping the project represents a blow to the UK’s space sector, as it was one of the most significant Government-funded initiatives in the domestic industry. 

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