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Government could withhold clearance for Galileo contracts

Image: OHB System AG, Esa

The UK government has written to 13 companies working on the European Union’s Galileo programme reminding them to obtain security clearance before bidding for future contracts.

In the letter, dated 14 May, the UK Space Agency said companies could not carry out any work “relating to the design and development” of Galileo and Egnos satellite systems without its say-so.

The letter was written at the behest of business secretary Greg Clark. It follows several months of growing tensions between the UK and EU over UK participation in Galileo, Egnos and the Public Regulated Service, Galileo’s highly-encrypted navigation system.

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