Galileo Groups Get Together As Germany Gags

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Back on March 2/05, DID covered the EU's inability to render a decision on bids for the EUR 3.2B ($4.2B) Galileo satellite navigation system. It asked the Eurely and iNavSat consortia to resubmit bids for a final selection within three months. This has now happened, with a twist: the consortia merged and presented a single bid. EADS SPACE Services, Inmarsat, and Thales and joined from iNavSat, while Aena, Alcatel, Finmeccanica SpA, and Hispasat joined from the Eurely venture. This would seem to end the wrangling, except that Galileo's largest financier is now unhappy....

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