China's National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSCC) has awarded a contract for development of technologies under the country's agreement to invest €200 million ($270 million) in the European Galileo satellite navigation programme.

China is the first non-European Union participant in the €3.5 billion Galileo project, in which the NRSCC is the EU-designated Chinese partner. Including the €5 million entrance fee, China is investing €70 million in the first phase to develop technologies and equipment for Galileo.

Mandated to choose domestic research institutes and companies to undertake the work, NRSCC has signed a contract with state holding company China Galileo Industries. The company is owned by China Aerospace Science & Technology, China Electronics Technology Group, China Satcom and the China Academy of Space Technology.

Source: Flight International