Europe was today celebrating the launch of the Galileo satellites, which will aid with navigation, competing with the US GPS system. However the celebrations were short lived as the satellites started head off course.
The rocket carrying the equipment, which the European Commission has invested Billions of Euros, is believed to have been guided by a £150 tomtom from Halfords. All was going well until the rocket passed over the M1 just north of Leicester Forest East services on it's way into orbit. As Flight Director Professor Bramble told us "it had just as it passed over this part of the UK, when the tomtom detected roadworks on the M1 northbound, so recalculated it's route. The rocket then tried to follow the new course, coming of at the next junction, following a narrow country road for 3 miles before taking a sharp left, and rejoining the motorway. Trying this maneuver at 4 times the speed of sound proved disastrous. The last message from the craft was to confirm that the rocket knew a 'scenic' route. This message was received 30 seconds before the rocket flew deep in to outer space.
A spokesman for the European Space Agency told us of their disappointment. "The reason we sent the satellite into space was to stop this sort of thing happening, yet we managed to screw it up. I mean, sending satellites into space, it's hardly rocket science is it?"