Thales Alenia Space and Astrium Satellites say the Galileo procurement is too slow. The process could delay the Galileo programme putting into service. Space.com reports: "The procurement has been substantially delayed and this schedule introduces more delays," said Evert Dudok, chief executive of Astrium Satellites. "We need procurement decisions in 2008 to keep to the service introduction date." Dudok made his remarks here July 21 during a tour of Europe's Guiana Space Center spaceport as part of a delegation that included French Research Minister Valerie Pecresse and European Commission Vice President Guenter Verheugen.".