"not one pig flying in orbit, this is a herd of pigs with gold trotters, platinum tails and diamond eyes",Nope this is the comment from the head of German satellite firm OHB Technology, Berry Smutny. According to Wikileaks he told an American diplomat,
the project was "a waste of EU taxpayers' money championed by French interests," according to the cable.He should know, his firm was jointly awarded a 566 million euro ($742 million) contract to develop 14 satellites for the system.
"He claimed the EU desire to develop a redundant but alternative to GPS was spearheaded by the French after an incident during the Kosovo conflict when the US military 'manipulated' GPS to support military operations," the cable said.
"Since this time, he said France has aggressively corralled EU support to invest in Galileo development -- something Smutny said France wants to ensure their missile guidance systems are free of any GPS reliance. Smutny added, the irony for German investment in Galileo is that some of France's nuclear missiles are aimed at Berlin," it said.