The following news item was of interest:
European Parliament Approves Military Use of Galileo Satellite
The European Parliament in Strasbourg approved by 502 votes to 83 the military use of the European Union’s Galileo satellite.
Deutsche Welle – July 10, 2008
The bill, proposed by German conservative politician Karl von Wogau, aims to create a space surveillance system to watch out for space debris and other threats. It was approved on Thursday, July 10…
The system was about acquiring information so that the EU could prevent conflicts, be effective during crises and increase world security by, for example, monitoring the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
“The EU and NATO are expressly called upon to start up a strategic dialogue on the politics of space and missile defense,” the text of the bill said.
Galileo to include 26 satellites
The EU’s 2007-13 budget has set aside 5 billion euros ($7.8 billion) for space projects and defense, according to Wogau, who also chairs the European Parliament’s Security and Defense Sub-Committee. Security research is to get 1.4 billion euros, while the Galileo satellite navigation system will get 3.4 billion euros.
The second test satellite for the multi-billion-euro system was launched into space at the end of April. The EU plans to send a total of 26 navigation satellites into orbit as part of the Galileo system.
At the beginning of April in Luxembourg, the EU’s transport ministers agreed on the groundwork for the planned launch of the system in 2013 following a test period.
The Galileo system aims to compete with the US Global Positioning System (GPS).
I have long explained that that Galileo project was intended for military applications, and this recent vote helps to once again demonstrate that. The fact that it is intended to possibly be operational in 2013 appears consistent with biblical prophecy.
Currently, the USA (GPS), Russia, and China have their own systems. Having Galileo will make the EU a true possible global military superpower presuming that it further develops its weaponry by then.
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