Burst of Life Europe's normally slothful procurement process lurched notably into activity last week with two flagship programs gaining key approvals. The demonstration and validation phase of the Galileo satellite navigation system, effectively a Euro-GPS, got the nod from the European Space Agency. Meanwhile, the Airbus A400M airlifter also was formally launched on May 27 with the inking of the development and production contract. While Galileo has been blighted by a year of ...


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