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Is the Universe a Hologram?Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions$
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Adolfo Plasencia

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036016

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.001.0001

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Galileo Programme: Planning Uncertainty and Imagining the Possible and the Impossible

Galileo Programme: Planning Uncertainty and Imagining the Possible and the Impossible

(p.101) 9 Galileo Programme: Planning Uncertainty and Imagining the Possible and the Impossible
Is the Universe a Hologram?

Javier Benedicto

Adolfo Plasencia

The MIT Press

The engineer, Javier Benedicto, head of the Galileo Programme Department at ESA, describes in this dialogue the frustration felt by scientists who work in space agencies. The long-term nature of their projects means that those who envision and design a space mission are forced to leave the future generation to implement the mission as well as processing the results. He explains that although it is hard to believe, uncertainty also hovers over the Galileo space programme meaning they also have to consider that the impos∫sible could actually occur. He relates how in Galileo they ‘manufacture’ their own notion of ‘universal time’ that will be used worldwide and explains how they are working with this time, which is accurate to a nanofraction of a second. He goes on to explain how they managed to persuade the Russians (Glasnoss), Chinese (Beidou) and North Americans (GPS) to agree to cooperate and, at the same time, make their systems compatible with Galileo’s future GPS system for civilian use.

Keywords:   The Galileo project, Triangulation principle, Geodetic reference, Planned uncertainty, Statistical effects, Automatic vehicles, The Galileo satellites, GPS navigation device, Location-based services (LBS)

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