The European Space Agency is expected to confirm this week that its member states endorsed a council decision giving final approval to funding the Galileo satellite navigation system. In the aftermath of a tense political battle, ESA members agreed to become equal partners in the Galileo investment plan. France, Germany, Italy and the U.K. will provide 15.7% each of 3.2 billion euros ($3.28 billion) needed to put into place by 2008 the European 30-satellite constellation and ground ...

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