mvar writes: OHB-System’s Berry Smutny was reported in a cable to have told US diplomats that Europe’s Galileo satellite-navigation project was a “stupid idea”.Bremen-based OHB-System is part of the consortium that will build Galileo’s first 14 operational spacecraft.Although Mr Smutny has denied the cable’s contents, OHB’s board has decided to remove him from his post.A statement from the company on Monday said its supervisory board had “passed a unanimous resolution to revoke Mr Smutny’s appointment”, adding that it “disapproves these conversations and the quotes attributed to Mr Smutny”.Berry Smutny was alleged to have told diplomats at a meeting in Berlin in October 2009 that Galileo, a flagship space programme of the EU, was a waste of taxpayers’ money.
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