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Satellite Navigation

Satellite navigation has become one of the most important areas within the space sector, especially for Norway.

With its large land and vast sea areas, a small population and difficult weather conditions, Norway has been able to draw use of global satellite navigation systems like GPS and the emerging European system Galileo.

Norway has also built a lucrative industry offering products and services based on data from navigation satellites. Norwegian companies are among the leading companies in the world in the world in this area.

Through our membership in the European Space Agency (ESA), Norway takes part in the development of the next generation satellite navigation system Galileo. Galileo is now a EU programme which ESA is tasked to follow through. Norway takes part in Galileo through the EEA agreement.
The Norwegian Space Agency occupies a central role in Norway's relationship with the Galileo programme.