The Spanish capital, Madrid, will host the support office of the Galileo Security Surveillance Centre (GSMC), once it relocates from the UK after Brexit. The centre, which is currently headquartered in Swanwick, in the south of England, will move to San Martín de La Vega, following a vote on Thursday in which Madrid’s bid came out on top.
The regional government says that work on the site will create between 80 and 100 direct jobs.
Government sources have said that the installation in Madrid, which will be located in the La Marañosa military centre, will cost 4 million euros and its operation will cost another 2 euros million a year, which will be financed by the Ministry of Defence.
The centre for Monitoring and Safety Monitoring of the Galileo is a European satellite navigation system that competes with the US Global Positioning System.
President of the Community of Madrid Cristina Cifuentes, who announced the news on Monday, said before the announcement that if Madrid won it would be “great news, consolidating Madrid as a leader in technology.”
The region already has a service centre for the Galileo satellite system, located inside the facilities of the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA). It also houses the NASA Space Station, the Astronomy centre for the European Space Agency, the Satellite centre of the European Union, as well as dependencies of the European Service centre.
The aim of Galileo is to provide precise positioning for all types of civil applications, including navigators for vehicles, mobile phones, maritime, air, rail and road transport.
Galileo will have satellites in orbit that will provide positioning information with « unprecedented accuracy and reliability », with any point on earth being covered by between six and eight satellites, controlled from several terrestrial locations.