The European Union and the U.S. Thursday announced a breakthrough in their efforts to make Galileo and GPS (global positioning system), their respective satellite navigation systems, interoperable.
GPS has had 30 satellites orbiting around Earth for many years, providing civilian services such as car navigation to people across the world. The system is in the process of being upgraded. Meanwhile, Galileo, is still being developed.
The two sides have agreed to adopt an improved design for their respective system signals. These signals will be implemented on the Galileo Open Service and the GPS IIIA, a new signal dedicated to civilian use. The existing GPS signal can be interrupted for military purposes.