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Galileo is a publicly-funded satellite navigation system – so why were its codes secret?

In today’s Guardian, Galileo satellite’s secure codes cracked by Wendy M. Grossman looks at the mystery of the Galileo satellite system, so far publicly-funded, which is meant to offer public location services.. yet keeps its codes secret. Until, that is, an American team cracked them. Why aren’t the codes public, and can it keep them secret?

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