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EU Parliament calls for fast adoption of satellite-based train localization in railway signaling

2.8.2021 11:35  
Galileo and EGNOS will deliver integrity, improve availability and enhance accuracy for such safety critical applications as railway signaling.
Published: 
02 August 2021

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme has been supporting on a long-term basis the EU railway industry, infrastructure managers, and operators in the complex task of introducing satellite-based localization into the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) as the flagship for interoperable railway signaling within the EU.

Precise train localization has been essential for the development of non-safety critical applications such as passenger information systems and asset tracking. Today, satellite-based positioning is set to have an even greater impact on the rail industry by reducing the infrastructure needed for train control systems and improving the efficiency of railway signalling. Augmented GNSS, when complemented by other sensors can, for example, replace costly physical balises, used for speed monitoring, and streamline rail operations in Europe in line with the ERTMS objectives. 

EUSPA together with Shift2Rail has been funding, under Horizon 2020, several research and development projects with the aim to develop systems that enable the safe use of GNSS as a source of positioning for trains. Nevertheless, existing gaps are preventing EU railway industry from making the technological leap needed and fully adopt Galileo and EGNOS.

With Galileo and ERTMS being one of the largest EU infrastructure projects and with clear synergies between them, the European Parliament highlighted the need to take advantage of the potential cost savings GNSS offers. The recently adopted report of the European Parliament on railway safety and signalling (assessing the state of play of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) deployment (2019/2191(INI)) from 7th of July, the Parliament calls specifically on:

  • The EU rail industry to develop technical solutions in order for the GNSS to enable the ERTMS on a large scale 
  • The European Commission (EC), to consider introducing the GNSS in the upcoming ERTMS TSI CCS revision in order to close the remaining technological gaps and embrace innovation
  • European Railway Agency (ERA) to closely coordinate, support and streamline research and development projects of space and rail stakeholders in order to include GNSS train location data in the ERTMS as early as possible
  • The cooperation between ERA and the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) to be stepped up in order to phase the GNSS into ERTMS standards

To ensure the European rail segment is able to take full advantage of satellite-based technology, EUSPA is working with rail and space stakeholders to further develop the European Train Control System (ETCS). At present EUSPA, Shift2Rail as well as the ESA run various projects to help EU Railway industry, infrastructure managers and railway operators cover the residual gaps linked to the introduction of GNSS into the ERTMS. 

GNSS-based rail signalling can speed up the smooth roll-out of ERTMS by cutting down operational expenditures while it can support many regional types of railway lines which could otherwise face the risk of shutting down due to the associated high maintenance costs. 

The establishment of a regulatory framework with an emphasis on digitalization and EU space technologies can remove obstacles that are holding back the rail sector in terms of evolution and interoperability and ensure the transition to a more integrated, efficient and safe EU railway market. EUSPA will continue to work on the definition of necessary satellite-based services, that will enable the safe use of the localization information for rails.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Galileo and EGNOS will deliver integrity, improve availability and enhance accuracy for such safety critical applications as railway signaling.

EU Space 4 green and digital transition

30.7.2021 13:16  
The use of satellite navigation systems such as Galileo in road vehicles can reduce journey times by more than 10%, and thus contribute to curbing emissions of harmful and polluting substances.
Published: 
30 July 2021

Galileo and EGNOS contribute to the rollout of sustainable transport modes by reducing aviation emissions, and optimizing routes on land and at sea. At the same time, when working in synergy, EGNSS and Copernicus can contribute to smart and sustainable farming techniques.

Transport is one of the main sources of air pollution, which is known to have direct effect on mortality as well as respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. According to the European Environment Agency, greenhouse gas emissions deriving from transportation increased in 2018 and 2019 EU-wide. Cutting down by 55% greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2030, as defined in the latest EC legislation package, will require robust action particularly in road transport, the highest contributor to transport emissions, as well as aviation and shipping. European satellite technology is a helping hand on the road to climate neutrality.

Rolling-out greener modes of transportation 

The way we are driving is changing. Many of today's cars and trucks are already equipped with advanced driver assistance systems, including lane departure warning systems, automated breaking and adaptive cruise control. These systems are using Galileo, the European Global Navigation Satellite System to provide, reliable, robust and accurate positioning. Increasingly, transport services are operating in a cooperative environment with communication between drivers and road infrastructure. This cooperative intelligent transport systems (ITS) will allow road users and traffic managers to share and use information. This is set to improve safety and reduce congestion by helping drivers to make the right decision based on real-time traffic situation. The use of satellite navigation systems such as Galileo in road vehicles can reduce journey times by more than 10%, and thus contribute to curbing emissions of harmful and polluting substances. 

In the EU in 2017, direct emissions from aviation accounted for 3.8% of total CO2 emissions. The aviation sector creates 13.9% of the emissions from transport, making it the second biggest source of transport greenhouse gas emissions after road transport. By enabling aircrafts to land safely under challenging weather conditions such as fog EGNOS helps reduce the frequency of aborted landings (go-arounds) and therefore emissions. An estimated 80.000 flight delays and 20.000 diversions will be avoided EU-wide thanks to EGNOS by 2025. 

Maritime industry and especially large vessels such as bulk carriers or tankers also benefit from the EU Space Programme. EGNOS and Galileo can provide energy efficient, accurate manoeuvring especially in congested ports or inland waterways. At the same time, information on currents coming from Copernicus can optimize a vessel´s routing and thus further decrease emissions while saving costs. This results in fewer emissions in line with "Fit for 55" targets. 

EUSpace data supporting European farmers in their day to day tasks 

In the farming sector, when working in synergy, EGNSS and Copernicus contribute to smart and sustainable farming techniques. Using ground sensors and satellite imagery from Copernicus, farmers can generate maps with soil moisture and fertility information. Pairing this data with precise guidance by the Galileo and EGNOS satellites, EU farmers can steer their tractors precisely and, for example, fertilise exactly where needed. Thanks to the cooperation between the EU Space assets, it is estimated that EU farmers can save up to 20% of pesticides and fertilisers. 

There’s more! Landscape watering consumes great amount of urban water usage and water conservation is a vital part of environmental protection. The use Earth Observation (EO) and positioning data can help reduce its overconsumption and therefore turn the agribusiness sector both digital and greener. Copernicus can generate calibrated rainfall data that can be used for the development of smart irrigation solutions. Knowing the amount of rain accumulated on the ground through forecasts, autonomous sprinklers can spray water in an optimized way. A great example of a smart irrigation system was developed by Proxima Systems. Its products, utilise information from space to enable the automation and remote control of irrigation systems, allowing farmers to enhance their yields while saving costs. 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The use of satellite navigation systems such as Galileo in road vehicles can reduce journey times by more than 10%, and thus contribute to curbing emissions of harmful and polluting substances.

Space Crossroads wraps up its first season

26.7.2021 11:55  
EUSPA thanks all the participants who joined the first season of Space Crossroads and looks forward to seeing you in September with fresh episodes and new distinguished guests.
Published: 
26 July 2021

The online series Space Crossroads has just concluded its first season. During 7 episodes, EUSPA hosted experts, investors, and big players sharing their experience with space and innovation. The webcasts have created a supportive environment to bring ideas closer to the market and have enabled a networking space in the Q&A session of each episode.

Launched in April 2021, EUSPA Space Crossroads is an online series dedicated to the people and businesses whose paths keep crossing with space, enabling the creation of innovative ideas and new businesses and start-ups.

The idea was born out of the different competitions and hackathons hosted by GSA/EUSPA, which attracted more than 600 start-ups and SMEs. EUSPA’s “incubator” role gives them support and guidance through the competitions and hackathons and enables a networking space for them to grow and bring their projects closer to the market. The series was created with the aim to further bridge the growing EUSpace start-ups ecosystem with experts, investors and other relevant industry stakeholders. 

The first series touched upon a variety of topics in a laid-back atmosphere where participants asked questions and tested their ideas. From elevator pitches and scale up strategies to insights about the latest space trends, Space Crossroads hosted a very diverse line up of speakers from companies such as, Google, XPRENEURS, SpaceTech Partners, Rokubun and more. In the last episodes we heard about the dos and don’ts of entrepreneurship across different sectors and environments.

“Start-ups and SMEs make EUSpace community grow and by leveraging synergies between the EU Space Programme components they are contributing to EU priorities such as the GreenDeal, and the digitisation of the economy,” says Justyna Redelkiewicz, head of sector, LBS, Market and Technology at EUSPA Market Development Department. “With the amplification of the agency’s scope, more opportunities are on the horizon, so stay tuned for our next announcements,” she concluded. 

Here you can see a full recap of the first season of EU Space Crossroads.   

EUSPA would like to thank all the participants who shared their experiences and knowledge with us as well as those who joined the webcasts! Space Crossroads is resuming in September with fresh episodes, and new distinguished guests. 

Stay tuned!

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

EUSPA thanks all the participants who joined the first season of Space Crossroads and looks forward to seeing you in September with fresh episodes and new distinguished guests.

#EUSpace 4 Our planet VOL II: Safeguarding our ecosystems

23.7.2021 10:59  
By monitoring the levels of methane leaks or CO2 emissions we are able to assess if the EU environmental policies in place are effective and adapt them accordingly if needed.
Published: 
23 July 2021

Copernicus imagery and reference data coupled with EGNOS and Galileo positioning data enable the development of new services and applications that can act as a protective shield to the natural habitats of our planet.

Forests together with oceans are the Earth’s lungs. They provide us with fresh oxygen and purify water and air in addition to being home to thousands of species.  Deforestation, illegal activities such as logging or natural disasters such as wildfires pose a threat to forests and the biodiversity of our planet. Earth Observation (EO) images and in situ data from the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service are used to generate nearly real time forest change maps, that can be of use to national forest inventories and relevant ministries.

Synergies between EO and navigation are key in the preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation of natural disasters. In the unfortunate event of wildfires for instance, it is important to have access to precise and up-to-date information for the delivery of an effective disaster management response. Copernicus can detect active fires and monitored their emissions to be prepare smoke forecasts. The forecasts are used in air quality applications to help people limit their exposure to pollution, and policymakers and local authorities to manage the impact of fires. EGNOS and Galileo support the response and recovery phases of disaster management by providing accurate and reliable positioning when rescue teams need guidance to reach the affected area especially and visibility is reduced due to the fire, smoke, or fog.

At sea, both Copernicus and Galileo are game changers in assisting local authorities enforce existing regulations and measures, such as preventing vessels from remaining at a protected area for a prolonged time. Likewise, Copernicus can track oil spills or maritime incidents such as the recent Suez Canal obstruction and thus contribute to a quicker crisis management. 

Most importantly, data and services deriving from the EU Space Programme are valuable tools at the disposal of Member States and EU policymakers that allow them to develop informed and future-proof environmental policies. By monitoring for example, the increase or decrease in the levels of methane leaks or CO2 emissions we are able to assess if the policies in place are effective and adapt them accordingly if needed. For Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, it is going to be an uphill climb, yet EU Space promises to unlock challenges and help the Union step up its game in the fight against climate change. 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

By monitoring the levels of methane leaks or CO2 emissions we are able to assess if the EU environmental policies in place are effective and adapt them accordingly if needed.

#EUSpace 4 Our planet VOL II: Safeguarding our ecosystems

23.7.2021 10:59  
By monitoring the levels of methane leaks or CO2 emissions we are able to assess if the EU environmental policies in place are effective and adapt them accordingly if needed.
Published: 
23 July 2021

Copernicus imagery and reference data coupled with EGNOS and Galileo positioning data enable the development of new services and applications that can act as a protective shield to the natural habitats of our planet.

Forests together with oceans are the Earth’s lungs. They provide us with fresh oxygen and purify water and air in addition to being home to thousands of species.  Deforestation, illegal activities such as logging or natural disasters such as wildfires pose a threat to forests and the biodiversity of our planet. Earth Observation (EO) images and in situ data from the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service are used to generate nearly real time forest change maps, that can be of use to national forest inventories and relevant ministries.

Synergies between EO and navigation are key in the preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation of natural disasters. In the unfortunate event of wildfires for instance, it is important to have access to precise and up-to-date information for the delivery of an effective disaster management response. Copernicus can detect active fires, monitor their emissions, and prepare smoke forecasts. The forecasts are used in air quality applications to help people limit their exposure to pollution, and policymakers and local authorities to manage the impact of fires. EGNOS and Galileo support the response and recovery phases of disaster management by providing accurate and reliable positioning when rescue teams need guidance to reach the affected area especially and visibility is reduced due to the fire, smoke, or fog.

At sea, both Copernicus and Galileo are game changers in assisting local authorities enforce existing regulations and measures, such as preventing vessels from remaining at a protected area for a prolonged time. Likewise, Copernicus can track oil spills or maritime incidents such as the recent Suez Canal obstruction and thus contribute to a quicker crisis management. 

Most importantly, data and services deriving from the EU Space Programme are valuable tools at the disposal of Member States and EU policymakers that allow them to develop informed and future-proof environmental policies. By monitoring for example, the increase or decrease in the levels of methane leaks or CO2 emissions we are able to assess if the policies in place are effective and adapt them accordingly if needed. For Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, it is going to be an uphill climb, yet EU Space promises to unlock challenges and help the Union step up its game in the fight against climate change. 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

By monitoring the levels of methane leaks or CO2 emissions we are able to assess if the EU environmental policies in place are effective and adapt them accordingly if needed.

Building a sustainable future with the power of #EUSpace

19.7.2021 15:03  
From monitoring the performance of solar panels with Copernicus to assessing heat loss of buildings with Galileo-enabled drones, #EUSpace keeps an eye on our continent‘s green infrastructure.
Published: 
19 July 2021

Copernicus, Galileo, and EGNOS, when working in conjunction or -as standalone systems- are key assets to implementing green energy solutions and to making the construction sector more efficient. 

Decoupling economic growth from resource extraction and environmental degradation is in the heart of the EU Green Deal to. Turning into clean forms of energy such as solar, wind and tidal power will enable the Union to curb emissions, transform Europe’s energy mix and thus reverse climate change.

Green infrastructures, such as solar panels or wind turbines are costly installations. They require monitoring to ensure their proper functioning and performance optimization. Often, natural hazards such land subsidence, or landslides can negatively affect the operations of these infrastructures. That’s where EU Space kicks in!

#EUSpace supporting the use of green power 

Satellite-based remote sensing from Copernicus is a cost-effective solution which keeps an eye on clean energy infrastructures, offering precious information on their integrity and targeted maintenance. Geospatial data by the EU’s Earth Observation system can also be used to enable a better planning of these assets by offering greater situational awareness and help mitigate risks such as vegetation encroachment on power grids and turbines. Moreover, Copernicus, can optimize the performance of tidal power generators, by offering data on the rise and fall of tide through tidal currents prediction systems. Likewise, the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service uses information from satellites and its models to provide policymakers and solar industry companies, with quality metrics on sunshine or cloud coverage over specific areas. This helps the sector to better plan the installation of panels and thus to maximise their outputs.

The concept of smart power grids is gaining more and more momentum and electric utility companies are investing into them to reduce costs and optimise user experience and more efficiently manage their electric power networks. 

Smart grid systems require precise timing and synchronization down to a nanosecond level and GNSS clocks are used a prime source or as a backup time reference source in case of outages. Ultra-precise clocks on board Galileo satellites can provide accurate time and frequency synchronization to smart grids making them more robust.  

#EUSpace for a cleaner and more efficient construction sector 

Population growth and urbanisation are pushing the boundaries for resource exploitation and are creating a huge demand for civil infrastructure such as buildings, subways and train lines, bridges, dams, highways and airports. According to the EUSPA market report, by 2025 83% of geomatics equipment used for cadastral surveying and construction applications is GNSS-enabled. As of today, more than 80% of newly manufactured geomatics equipment and instruments use Galileo.

Both the construction sector and urban planning are directly benefitting from the EU Space Programme namely from the additional accuracy of Galileo and EGNOS which allows surveyors to accurately pinpoint structures and reference points. Copernicus offers high resolution images to assess the state of civil infrastructure including dams, or pipelines and track water loss. What is more, Galileo and EGNOS-enabled drones can accurately and safely fly across points of interest and assess for example heat loss in buildings and facilities. 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

From monitoring the performance of solar panels with Copernicus to assessing heat loss of buildings with Galileo-enabled drones, #EUSpace keeps an eye on our continent‘s green infrastructure.

Building a sustainable future with the power of #EUSpace

19.7.2021 15:03  
From monitoring the performance of solar panels with Copernicus to assessing heat loss of buildings with Galileo-enabled drones, #EUSpace keeps an eye on our continent‘s green infrastructure.
Published: 
19 July 2021

Copernicus, Galileo, and EGNOS, when working in conjunction or -as standalone systems- are key assets to implementing green energy solutions and to making the construction sector more efficient. 

Decoupling economic growth from resource extraction and environmental degradation is at the heart of the EU Green Deal. Turning into clean forms of energy such as solar, wind and tidal power will enable the Union to curb emissions, transform Europe’s energy mix and thus reverse climate change.

Green infrastructures, such as solar panels or wind turbines are costly installations. They require monitoring to ensure their proper functioning and performance optimization. Often, natural hazards such land subsidence, or landslides can negatively affect the operations of these infrastructures. That’s where EU Space kicks in!

#EUSpace supporting the use of green power 

Satellite-based remote sensing from Copernicus is a cost-effective solution which keeps an eye on clean energy infrastructures, offering precious information on their integrity and targeted maintenance. Geospatial data by the EU’s Earth Observation system can also be used to enable better planning of these assets by offering greater situational awareness and help mitigate risks such as vegetation encroachment on power grids and turbines. Moreover, Copernicus can optimize the performance of tidal power generators, by offering data on the rise and fall of the tide through tidal currents prediction systems. Likewise, the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service uses information from satellites and its models to provide policymakers and solar industry companies, with quality metrics on sunshine or cloud coverage over specific areas. This helps the sector to better plan the installation of panels and thus to maximise their outputs.

The concept of smart power grids is gaining more and more momentum and electric utility companies are investing into them to reduce costs and optimise user experience and more efficiently manage their electric power networks. 

Smart grid systems require precise timing and synchronization down to a nanosecond level and GNSS clocks are used as a prime source or as a backup time reference source in case of outages. Ultra-precise clocks onboard Galileo satellites can provide accurate time and frequency synchronization to smart grids making them more robust.  

 

#EUSpace for a cleaner and more efficient construction sector 

Population growth and urbanisation are pushing the boundaries for resource exploitation and are creating a huge demand for civil infrastructures such as buildings, subways, and train lines, bridges, dams, highways, and airports. According to the EUSPA market report, by 2025 83% of geomatics equipment used for cadastral surveying and construction applications will be GNSS-enabled. As of today, more than 80% of newly manufactured geomatics equipment and instruments use Galileo.

Both the construction sector and urban planning are directly benefitting from the EU Space Programme namely from the additional accuracy of Galileo and EGNOS which allows surveyors to accurately pinpoint structures and reference points. Copernicus offers high-resolution images to assess the state of civil infrastructure including dams, or pipelines and track water loss. What is more, Galileo and EGNOS-enabled drones can accurately and safely fly across points of interest and assess for example heat loss in buildings and facilities. 

 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

From monitoring the performance of solar panels with Copernicus to assessing heat loss of buildings with Galileo-enabled drones, #EUSpace keeps an eye on our continent‘s green infrastructure.

Building a sustainable future with the power of #EUSpace

19.7.2021 15:03  
From monitoring the performance of solar panels with Copernicus to assessing heat loss of buildings with Galileo-enabled drones, #EUSpace keeps an eye on our continent‘s green infrastructure.
Published: 
19 July 2021

Copernicus, Galileo, and EGNOS, when working in conjunction or -as standalone systems- are key assets to implementing green energy solutions and to making the construction sector more efficient. 

Decoupling economic growth from resource extraction and environmental degradation is at the heart of the EU Green Deal. Turning into clean forms of energy such as solar, wind and tidal power will enable the Union to curb emissions, transform Europe’s energy mix and thus reverse climate change.

Green infrastructures, such as solar panels or wind turbines are costly installations. They require monitoring to ensure their proper functioning and performance optimization. Often, natural hazards such as land subsidence, or landslides can negatively affect the operations of these infrastructures. That’s where EU Space kicks in!

#EUSpace supporting the use of green power 

Satellite-based remote sensing from Copernicus is a cost-effective solution which keeps an eye on clean energy infrastructures, offering precious information on their integrity and targeted maintenance. Geospatial data by the EU’s Earth Observation system can also be used to enable better planning of these assets by offering greater situational awareness and help mitigate risks such as vegetation encroachment on power grids and turbines. Moreover, Copernicus can optimize the performance of tidal power generators, by offering data on the rise and fall of the tide through tidal currents prediction systems. Likewise, the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service uses information from satellites and its models to provide policymakers and solar industry companies, with quality metrics on sunshine or cloud coverage over specific areas. This helps the sector to better plan the installation of panels and thus to maximise their outputs.

The concept of smart power grids is gaining more and more momentum and electric utility companies are investing into them to reduce costs and optimise user experience and more efficiently manage their electric power networks. 

Smart grid systems require precise timing and synchronization down to a nanosecond level and GNSS clocks are used as a prime source or as a backup time reference source in case of outages. Ultra-precise clocks onboard Galileo satellites can provide accurate time and frequency synchronization to smart grids making them more robust.  

 

#EUSpace for a cleaner and more efficient construction sector 

Population growth and urbanisation are pushing the boundaries for resource exploitation and are creating a huge demand for civil infrastructures such as buildings, subways, and train lines, bridges, dams, highways, and airports. According to the EUSPA market report, by 2025 83% of geomatics equipment used for cadastral surveying and construction applications will be GNSS-enabled. As of today, more than 80% of newly manufactured geomatics equipment and instruments use Galileo.

Both the construction sector and urban planning are directly benefitting from the EU Space Programme namely from the additional accuracy of Galileo and EGNOS which allows surveyors to accurately pinpoint structures and reference points. Copernicus offers high-resolution images to assess the state of civil infrastructure including dams, or pipelines and track water loss. What is more, Galileo and EGNOS-enabled drones can accurately and safely fly across points of interest and assess for example heat loss in buildings and facilities. 

 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

From monitoring the performance of solar panels with Copernicus to assessing heat loss of buildings with Galileo-enabled drones, #EUSpace keeps an eye on our continent‘s green infrastructure.

#MyGalileoSolution winner 10Lines hits the mark and signs deal with Tera Ventures capital

16.7.2021 10:02  
The masterminds of 10Lines, Tarmo Prints and Janno Paas together with their autonomous robots.
Published: 
16 July 2021

The Galileo-enabled autonomous parking lot solution from Estonia signed a 700.000 euro deal with Tera Ventures to scale up in Europe and the US, and to expand to road, airports, and harbours markings too.

10Lines is an Estonian start-up led by Tarmo Prints and Janno Paas that uses autonomous robots to deliver high calibre surface marking for parking lots. To do so, the company’s robots use Galileo’s additional accuracy in combination with other sensors to offer a positioning down to 1-2cm.  10Lines robots can strip parking lots seven times faster than current processes, require less supervision, eliminate the time-consuming measuring and pre-marking phases while significantly reducing CO2 emissions.

Moreover, 10Lines allows users to map sites digitally and set the robot in motion, cutting out much of the measuring and pre-marking process that currently accounts for 70% of the time required to mark parking lots, while at the same time reducing errors. 

The European start-up recently raised €700,000 in a seed round led by Estonian venture capital firm Tera Ventures with co-investment from US investor Perot Jain. The deal will further facilitate the development and production of the solution as well as jumpstart the scaling and the expansion of the team in the EU and across the pond.

‘’I am excited to see one of the innovative start-ups of our network that leverages Galileo’s increased performances spreading its wings! These are the kind of solutions we need in Europe, especially within the EU Green Deal context. This project touches both the green and the digital transition that are set out in the pact. Way to go 10Lines’’ said Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market Development at EUSPA.

10Lines won the first prize of the EUSPA-organized MyGalileoSolution Track 2 competition that was concluded in early 2021, worth a total €100,000.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The masterminds of 10Lines, Tarmo Prints and Janno Paas together with their autonomous robots.

#MyGalileoSolution winner 10Lines hits the mark and signs deal with Tera Ventures capital

16.7.2021 10:02  
The masterminds of 10Lines, Tarmo Prints and Jano Paas together with their autonomous robots.
Published: 
16 July 2021

The Galileo-enabled autonomous parking lot solution from Estonia signed a 700.000 euro deal with Terra Ventures to scale up in Europe and the US, and to expand to road, airports, and harbours markings too.

10Lines is an Estonian start-up led by Tarmo Prints and Jano Paas that uses autonomous robots to deliver high calibre surface marking for parking lots. To do so, the company’s robots use Galileo’s additional accuracy in combination with other sensors to offer a positioning down to 1-2cm.  10Lines robots can strip parking lots seven times faster than current processes, require less supervision, eliminate the time-consuming measuring and pre-marking phases while significantly reducing CO2 emissions.

Moreover, 10Lines allows users to map sites digitally and set the robot in motion, cutting out much of the measuring and pre-marking process that currently accounts for 70% of the time required to mark parking lots, while at the same time reducing errors. 

The European start-up recently raised €700,000 in a seed round led by Estonian venture capital firm Tera Ventures with co-investment from US investor Perot Jain. The deal will further facilitate the development and production of the solution as well as jumpstart the scaling and the expansion of the team in the EU and across the pond.

‘’I am excited to see one of the innovative start-ups of our network that leverages Galileo’s increased performances spreading its wings! These are the kind of solutions we need in Europe, especially within the EU Green Deal context. This project touches both the green and the digital transition that are set out in the pact. Way to go 10Lines’’ said Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market Development at EUSPA.

10Lines won the first prize of the EUSPA-organized MyGalileoSolution Track 2 competition that was concluded in early 2021, worth a total €100,000.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The masterminds of 10Lines, Tarmo Prints and Jano Paas together with their autonomous robots.

#MyGalileoSolution winner 10Lines hits the mark and signs deal with Terra Ventures capital

16.7.2021 10:02  
The masterminds of 10Lines, Tarmo Prints and Jano Paas together with their autonomous robots.
Published: 
16 July 2021

The Galileo-enabled autonomous parking lot solution from Estonia signed a 700.000 euro deal with Terra Ventures to scale up in Europe and the US, and to expand to road, airports, and harbours markings too.

10Lines is an Estonian start-up led by Tarmo Prints and Jano Paas that uses autonomous robots to deliver high calibre surface marking for parking lots. To do so, the company’s robots use Galileo’s additional accuracy in combination with other sensors to offer a positioning down to 1-2cm.  10Lines robots can strip parking lots seven times faster than current processes, require less supervision, eliminate the time-consuming measuring and pre-marking phases while significantly reducing CO2 emissions.

Moreover, 10Lines allows users to map sites digitally and set the robot in motion, cutting out much of the measuring and pre-marking process that currently accounts for 70% of the time required to mark parking lots, while at the same time reducing errors. 

The European start-up recently raised €700,000 in a seed round led by Estonian venture capital firm Tera Ventures with co-investment from US investor Perot Jain. The deal will further facilitate the development and production of the solution as well as jumpstart the scaling and the expansion of the team in the EU and across the pond.

‘’I am excited to see one of the innovative start-ups of our network that leverages Galileo’s increased performances spreading its wings! These are the kind of solutions we need in Europe, especially within the EU Green Deal context. This project touches both the green and the digital transition that are set out in the pact. Way to go 10Lines’’ said Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market Development at EUSPA.

10Lines won the first prize of the EUSPA-organized MyGalileoSolution Track 2 competition that was concluded in early 2021, worth a total €100,000.

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The masterminds of 10Lines, Tarmo Prints and Jano Paas together with their autonomous robots.

#MyGalileoSolution winner 10Lines hits the mark and signs deal with Tera Ventures capital

16.7.2021 10:02  
The masterminds of 10Lines, Tarmo Prints and Jano Paas together with their autonomous robots.
Published: 
16 July 2021

The Galileo-enabled autonomous parking lot solution from Estonia signed a 700.000 euro deal with Tera Ventures to scale up in Europe and the US, and to expand to road, airports, and harbours markings too.

10Lines is an Estonian start-up led by Tarmo Prints and Jano Paas that uses autonomous robots to deliver high calibre surface marking for parking lots. To do so, the company’s robots use Galileo’s additional accuracy in combination with other sensors to offer a positioning down to 1-2cm.  10Lines robots can strip parking lots seven times faster than current processes, require less supervision, eliminate the time-consuming measuring and pre-marking phases while significantly reducing CO2 emissions.

Moreover, 10Lines allows users to map sites digitally and set the robot in motion, cutting out much of the measuring and pre-marking process that currently accounts for 70% of the time required to mark parking lots, while at the same time reducing errors. 

The European start-up recently raised €700,000 in a seed round led by Estonian venture capital firm Tera Ventures with co-investment from US investor Perot Jain. The deal will further facilitate the development and production of the solution as well as jumpstart the scaling and the expansion of the team in the EU and across the pond.

‘’I am excited to see one of the innovative start-ups of our network that leverages Galileo’s increased performances spreading its wings! These are the kind of solutions we need in Europe, especially within the EU Green Deal context. This project touches both the green and the digital transition that are set out in the pact. Way to go 10Lines’’ said Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market Development at EUSPA.

10Lines won the first prize of the EUSPA-organized MyGalileoSolution Track 2 competition that was concluded in early 2021, worth a total €100,000.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The masterminds of 10Lines, Tarmo Prints and Jano Paas together with their autonomous robots.

#MyGalileoSolution winner 10Lines hits the mark and signs deal with Tera Ventures capital

16.7.2021 10:02  
The masterminds of 10Lines, Tarmo Prints and Janno Paas together with their autonomous robots.
Published: 
16 July 2021

The Galileo-enabled autonomous parking lot solution from Estonia signed a 700.000 euro deal with Tera Ventures to scale up in Europe and the US, and to expand to road, airports, and harbours markings too.

10Lines is an Estonian start-up led by Tarmo Prints and Jano Paas that uses autonomous robots to deliver high calibre surface marking for parking lots. To do so, the company’s robots use Galileo’s additional accuracy in combination with other sensors to offer a positioning down to 1-2cm.  10Lines robots can strip parking lots seven times faster than current processes, require less supervision, eliminate the time-consuming measuring and pre-marking phases while significantly reducing CO2 emissions.

Moreover, 10Lines allows users to map sites digitally and set the robot in motion, cutting out much of the measuring and pre-marking process that currently accounts for 70% of the time required to mark parking lots, while at the same time reducing errors. 

The European start-up recently raised €700,000 in a seed round led by Estonian venture capital firm Tera Ventures with co-investment from US investor Perot Jain. The deal will further facilitate the development and production of the solution as well as jumpstart the scaling and the expansion of the team in the EU and across the pond.

‘’I am excited to see one of the innovative start-ups of our network that leverages Galileo’s increased performances spreading its wings! These are the kind of solutions we need in Europe, especially within the EU Green Deal context. This project touches both the green and the digital transition that are set out in the pact. Way to go 10Lines’’ said Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market Development at EUSPA.

10Lines won the first prize of the EUSPA-organized MyGalileoSolution Track 2 competition that was concluded in early 2021, worth a total €100,000.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The masterminds of 10Lines, Tarmo Prints and Janno Paas together with their autonomous robots.

#EUSpace 4 our Planet

14.7.2021 16:19  
Starting on Monday 19 July 2021, join the “#EUSpace 4 our Planet’’ campaign, and help us raise awareness on the contribution of the EU Space Programme to the EU Green Deal.
Published: 
14 July 2021

From helping curb CO2 emissions to fighting illegal logging, Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are a decisive resource of the European Union in the fight against climate change. EUSPA is launching an awareness raising campaign on the contribution of the Union’s space assets and services to the European Green Deal. Will you join us?

In late 2019, the European Commission presented the European Green Deal, a pact that sets out the path for the Union to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 while ensuring sustainable economic growth and a just and inclusive transition for citizens and businesses. With a visionary outlook, and unaware of what 2020 had in store, the European Green Deal looked at climate challenges also as opportunities for growth and resilience. 

The EU Green Deal looks to strengthen certain policy areas ranging from biodiversity and sustainable agriculture to clean energy and sustainable mobility among others. Curbing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 is the overarching goal of this ambitious endeavour followed by minimizing the Union’s reliance on resource exploitation while still achieving growth.

EU Space and Green Deal go hand in hand

The intertwining between climate action, sustainable mobility, economic growth and space services is not new but it is gaining momentum as the Union is investing in and relying more on its EU Space Programme for the definition of its green and digital policies. 

Positioning, navigation and timing services from Galileo, and EGNOS, have been central to rolling out next-generation applications and services in a vast array of fields such as smart farming, while also contributing to the reduction of road emissions and those of aviation through route optimization. Galileo has a role to play in the energy sector, through the robust synchronization of energy networks and smart grids that help distribute energy also from renewable sources.

Copernicus, the world’s most advanced Earth Observation system has been a precious tool at the fingertips of EU policy makers thanks to the data and services offered by its various climate, land, sea and air monitoring services. The system was recently upgraded with the Copernicus Sentinel 6, a state-of the-art satellite that provides vital information on ocean currents, wind speed and wave height for maritime safety. The data are also important for protecting and managing the increasingly busy coastal zones. 

The new EU Space Programme is an opportunity for pushing the boundaries and creating synergies between the space components and services to fuel the EU Green Deal. European industry, entrepreneurs, and user communities can rely on Earth observation, GNSS services and telecommunications to create smart solutions and serve new markets, fully aligned with the EU sustainability goals. 

Within the context of the "Fit for 55" package, the Von der Leyen Commission published on 14 July its plan the EU's 2030 climate target on the way to climate neutrality. Accelerating Europe’s access to space is pivotal to enable both our green and digital transition. EUSPA is committed to linking space to users’ needs, designing services that anticipate trends and stimulate innovation and growth. 

Starting on Monday 19 July 2021, join the “#EUSpace 4 our Planet’’ campaign, and help us raise awareness on the contribution of the EU Space Programme to the EU Green Deal. The campaign will address three thematic areas of the EU Green Deal where space is a true enabler: "Building a sustainable future", "Safeguarding our ecosystems", "Green and digital transformation".

Stay tuned for the first two episodes of our campaign! 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Starting on Monday 19 July 2021, join the “#EUSpace 4 our Planet’’ campaign, and help us raise awareness on the contribution of the EU Space Programme to the EU Green Deal.

#EUSpace 4 our Planet

14.7.2021 16:19  
Starting on Monday 19 July 2021, join the “#EUSpace 4 our Planet’’ campaign, and help us raise awareness on the contribution of the EU Space Programme to the EU Green Deal.
Published: 
14 July 2021

From helping curb CO2 emissions to fighting illegal logging, Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are decisive resource of the European Union in the fight against climate change. EUSPA is launching an awareness raising campaign on the contribution of the Union’s space assets and services to the European Green Deal. Will you join us?

In late 2019, the European Commission presented the European Green Deal, a pact that sets out the path for the Union to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 while ensuring sustainable economic growth and a just and inclusive transition for citizens and businesses. With a visionary outlook, and unaware of what 2020 had in store, the European Green Deal looked at climate challenges also as opportunities for growth and resilience. 

The EU Green Deal looks to strengthen certain policy areas ranging from biodiversity and sustainable agriculture to clean energy and sustainable mobility among others. Curbing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 is the overarching goal of this ambitious endeavour followed by minimizing the Union’s reliance on resource exploitation while still achieving growth.

EU Space and Green Deal go hand in hand

The intertwining between climate action, sustainable mobility, economic growth and space services is not new but it is gaining momentum as the Union is investing in and relying more on its EU Space Programme for the definition of green and digital its policies. 

Positioning, navigation and timing services from Galileo, and EGNOS, have been central to rolling out next-generation applications and services in a vast array of fields from as smart farming to xxx, while also contributing to the reduction of road emissions and those of aviation through route optimization. Galileo has a role to play in the energy sector, through the robust synchronization of energy networks and smart grids that help distribute energy also from renewable sources.

Copernicus, the world’s most advanced Earth Observation has been a precious tool at the fingertips of EU policy makers thanks to the data and services offered by its various climate, land, sea and air monitoring services. The system was recently upgraded with the Copernicus Sentinel 6, a state-of the-art satellite that provides vital information, for example, on ocean currents, wind speed and wave height for maritime safety. The data are also important for protecting and managing the increasingly busy coastal zones. 

The new EU Space Programme is an opportunity for pushing the boundaries and creating synergies between the space components and services to fuel the EU Green Deal. European industry, entrepreneurs, and user communities can rely on Earth observation, GNSS services and telecommunications to create smart solutions and serve new markets, fully aligned with the EU sustainability goals. 

Within the context of the "Fit for 55" package, the Von der Leyen Commission has published on 14 July its plan the EU's 2030 climate target on the way to climate neutrality. Accelerating Europe’s access to space is pivotal to enable both our green and digital transition. EUSPA is committed to linking space to users’ needs, designing services that anticipate trends and stimulate innovation and growth. 

Starting on Monday 19 July 2021, join the “#EUSpace 4 our Planet’’ campaign, and help us raise awareness on the contribution of the EU Space Programme to the EU Green Deal. The campaign will address three thematic areas of the EU Green Deal where space is a true enabler: "Building a sustainable future", "Safeguarding our ecosystems", "Green and digital transformation".

Stay tuned for the first two episodes of our campaign! 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Starting on Monday 19 July 2021, join the “#EUSpace 4 our Planet’’ campaign, and help us raise awareness on the contribution of the EU Space Programme to the EU Green Deal.

#EUSpace 4 our Planet

14.7.2021 16:19  
Starting on Monday 19 July 2021, join the “#EUSpace 4 our Planet’’ campaign, and help us raise awareness on the contribution of the EU Space Programme to the EU Green Deal.
Published: 
14 July 2021

From helping curb CO2 emissions to fighting illegal logging, Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are decisive resource of the European Union in the fight against climate change. EUSPA is launching an awareness raising campaign on the contribution of the Union’s space assets and services to the European Green Deal. Will you join us?

In late 2019, the European Commission presented the European Green Deal, a pact that sets out the path for the Union to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 while ensuring sustainable economic growth and a just and inclusive transition for citizens and businesses. With a visionary outlook, and unaware of what 2020 had in store, the European Green Deal looked at climate challenges also as opportunities for growth and resilience. 

The EU Green Deal looks to strengthen certain policy areas ranging from biodiversity and sustainable agriculture to clean energy and sustainable mobility among others. Curbing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 is the overarching goal of this ambitious endeavour followed by minimizing the Union’s reliance on resource exploitation while still achieving growth.

EU Space and Green Deal go hand in hand

The intertwining between climate action, sustainable mobility, economic growth and space services is not new but it is gaining momentum as the Union is investing in and relying more on its EU Space Programme for the definition of green and digital its policies. 

Positioning, navigation and timing services from Galileo, and EGNOS, have been central to rolling out next-generation applications and services in a vast array of fields such as smart farming, while also contributing to the reduction of road emissions and those of aviation through route optimization. Galileo has a role to play in the energy sector, through the robust synchronization of energy networks and smart grids that help distribute energy also from renewable sources.

Copernicus, the world’s most advanced Earth Observation has been a precious tool at the fingertips of EU policy makers thanks to the data and services offered by its various climate, land, sea and air monitoring services. The system was recently upgraded with the Copernicus Sentinel 6, a state-of the-art satellite that provides vital information, for example, on ocean currents, wind speed and wave height for maritime safety. The data are also important for protecting and managing the increasingly busy coastal zones. 

The new EU Space Programme is an opportunity for pushing the boundaries and creating synergies between the space components and services to fuel the EU Green Deal. European industry, entrepreneurs, and user communities can rely on Earth observation, GNSS services and telecommunications to create smart solutions and serve new markets, fully aligned with the EU sustainability goals. 

Within the context of the "Fit for 55" package, the Von der Leyen Commission has published on 14 July its plan the EU's 2030 climate target on the way to climate neutrality. Accelerating Europe’s access to space is pivotal to enable both our green and digital transition. EUSPA is committed to linking space to users’ needs, designing services that anticipate trends and stimulate innovation and growth. 

Starting on Monday 19 July 2021, join the “#EUSpace 4 our Planet’’ campaign, and help us raise awareness on the contribution of the EU Space Programme to the EU Green Deal. The campaign will address three thematic areas of the EU Green Deal where space is a true enabler: "Building a sustainable future", "Safeguarding our ecosystems", "Green and digital transformation".

Stay tuned for the first two episodes of our campaign! 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Starting on Monday 19 July 2021, join the “#EUSpace 4 our Planet’’ campaign, and help us raise awareness on the contribution of the EU Space Programme to the EU Green Deal.

FLAMINGO spreads its wings

7.7.2021 12:09  
FLAMINGO created first-generation products that the early adopters are beginning to investigate.
Published: 
07 July 2021

The FLAMINGO project, partly funded by the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), developed the infrastructure, solutions, and services needed to enable the use of highly accurate and precise GNSS within the mass-market, particularly using smartphones and IoT devices. The project, which ended last May, delivered a successful solution that is now taking wings.

FLAMINGO (Fulfilling enhanced Location Accuracy in the Mass-market through Initial GalileO services) unleashed the potential of GNSS, leveraging Galileo’s dual-frequency signal for improved LBS performance in urban environments. FLAMINGO created a positioning service that  improves accuracy for smartphones and IoT devices, from approximately 5-25 metres down to 0.5-1 metre. These results enhance user experience and lay the foundation for the rollout of new and improved features in location-based apps, and the development of next-gen apps.

Read this: Galileo Masters – the EUSPA SatCom Challenge

In addition to the world’s first sub-metre accuracy positioning service for smartphones, the project also created first-generation products that the early adopters of this emerging technology are beginning to investigate. The project’s service, solution and potential were demonstrated to mass-market app developers through a series of hackathons and demonstration events. 

FLAMINGO was a collaborative venture comprising key European space and GNSS players such as  NSL, Telespazio France, University of Nottingham, Rokubun, Thales Alenia Space France, VVA, ECLEXYS, and Blue Dot Solutions. 

Leveraging the benefits

Blue Dot Solutions, one of the project’s partner, a company specialized in advanced solutions based on satellite data, such as GNSS signals or Earth observation imagery, and developing and building personalised systems and applications for different sectors, developed Ground Eye.

Targeting aviation, Ground Eye is a technology platform to monitor mobile ground infrastructure at airports. The system leverages Galileo’s added precision, fast and reliable data transmission, data analysis, collision and threat detection system and the highest level of security to locate, plan and manage airport assets.

And this: BroadGNSS to launch open market consultation

Ground Eye brings multiple benefits for both airports and passengers - it does not require any additional infrastructure, delivers smoother operations, reduced risk of accidents or missing equipment, and greater employee and passenger satisfaction. The solution was tested at Gdansk airport in 2019 and is currently ready to be used at any commercial airport.

Framework for innovation

FLAMINGO was just one of many projects funded under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, which supported breakthroughs, discoveries, and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the research lab to the market. Check here for an overview of innovative GNSS-driven projects funded in various market segments.

This work is now being continued under the successor programme Horizon Europe. With an overall budget of EUR 95.5 billion, Horizon Europe will facilitate collaboration and strengthen the impact of research and innovation in tackling global challenges. EUSPA will support the programme by stimulating the market and promoting the creation of commercial solutions for the downstream space sector.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

FLAMINGO created first-generation products that the early adopters are beginning to investigate.

Portugal passes space baton to Slovenia

1.7.2021 16:54  
 As of today Slovenia assumes the Presidency of the Council of the EU. EUSpace is an integral part of its agenda.
Published: 
01 July 2021

The space topic has been a key focus of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union Council, with the EU Space Programme regulation publication. Portugal is now handing over the baton to Slovenia, which has already set the space priorities for its Presidency.

Space is playing an increasingly important role in the priorities of the European Council Presidencies, and space featured prominently on the Portuguese Presidency’s agenda. At the New Space Atlantic Summit, which took place on 8 June, the Portuguese Presidency marked the launch of the European Union’s Space Programme and looked at the impact of New Space on European productivity and competitiveness.

New Space

The summit focused on the development of New Space, including the use of space technology and applications in non-space sectors and to support public policies. At the summit opening session, European Union Agency for the Space programme (EUSPA) Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa outlined EUSPA’s role as the key actor in the European Union’s New Space approach.

Read this: EUSPA at the heart of EU’s New Space approach

EUSPA also participated in other Portuguese Presidency space-related events, like the Africa-Europe Earth Observation Forum, where EUSPA representatives gave inputs on how space can boost entrepreneurship in Africa and strengthen European-African cooperation; and the Portugal-Czech Republic Economic Forum, and Aviation Day which, inter alia, looked at the role of space in Europe’s recovery and its green and digital future.

The key areas of focus of the upcoming Slovenian Presidency of the EU Council in the area of space are space traffic management, bringing the benefits of space to everyone, and space-based secure connectivity. With its goal of linking space to user needs and expanded mandate to include the GOVSATCOM secure communications programme and Space Situational Awareness (SSA), EUSPA looks forward to working with the Slovenian Presidency on these topics.

Slovenia and space

EU Member States, including Slovenia, understand the potential of space-enabled services to address challenges, drive innovation and enhance competitiveness. Slovenian start-ups are realizing more and more the added-value EUSpace can bring to their operations. Several of them have benefitted from EUSPA support in getting their space-based applications to the market. For example, the first-prize winner in Track 1 (from idea to prototype) of this year’s MyGalileoSolution competition was the Slovenian project VisionAnchor the world's first video anchor monitoring system for boats.   

 The Slovenian Presidency of the Council has several EUSpace initiatives in its agenda, including awareness raising-events which will take place either online or physically addressing topics such as “Space for Green and Digital Recovery” and the “Secure Connectivity Initiative”. 

“Slovenia believes that also small nations and SMEs can play a very significant role in Space, working hand in hand with big Space faring nations. Our goal during the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU is to bring space closer to everyone, including citizens and SMEs,” commented the Slovenian Ministry of economic development and technology, responsible for Space, Directorate for internationalisation on behalf of the Slovenian Presidency.

And this: CASSINI hackathon leverages space to digitise green spaces

What’s more, Slovenia is set to host the upcoming CASSINI hackathons initiated by the European Commission to tackle global challenges using European space technologies. In the first hackathon in the series, participants will use Copernicus Earth observation data, together with positioning technologies from Galileo and EGNOS, in an effort to digitise Europe’s green spaces.

Supporting EU priorities

The EU Space Programme is a joint effort and asset of all the European Union Member States.  EUSPA is working to ensure that the Space Programme delivers the services and applications needed to support key EU policies.

From the European Green Deal to digitisation or an economy that works for people, Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are driving innovation and enabling services and applications that support Europe’s economic growth and the EU’s key priorities for Europe. See here for more info on how space is supporting EU policy.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

As of today Slovenia assumes the Presidency of the Council of the EU. EUSpace is an integral part of its agenda.

Portugal passes space baton to Slovenia

1.7.2021 16:54  
 As of today Slovenia assumes the Presidency of the Council of the EU. EUSpace is an integral part of its agenda.
Published: 
01 July 2021

The space topic has been a key focus of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union Council, with the EU Space Programme regulation publication. Portugal is now handing over the baton to Slovenia, which has already set the space priorities for its Presidency.

Space is playing an increasingly important role in the priorities of the European Council Presidencies, and space featured prominently on the Portuguese Presidency’s agenda. At the New Space Atlantic Summit, which took place on 8 June, the Portuguese Presidency marked the launch of the European Union’s Space Programme and looked at the impact of New Space on European productivity and competitiveness.

New Space

The summit focused on the development of New Space, including the use of space technology and applications in non-space sectors and to support public policies. At the summit opening session, European Union Agency for the Space programme (EUSPA) Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa outlined EUSPA’s role as the key actor in the European Union’s New Space approach.

Read this: EUSPA at the heart of EU’s New Space approach

EUSPA also participated in other Portuguese Presidency space-related events, like the Africa-Europe Earth Observation Forum, where EUSPA representatives gave inputs on how space can boost entrepreneurship in Africa and strengthen European-African cooperation; and the Portugal-Czech Republic Economic Forum, and Aviation Day which, inter alia, looked at the role of space in Europe’s recovery and its green and digital future.

The key areas of focus of the upcoming Slovenian Presidency of the EU Council in the area of space are space traffic management, bringing the benefits of space to everyone, and space-based secure connectivity. With its goal of linking space to user needs and expanded mandate to include the GOVSATCOM secure communications programme and Space Situational Awareness (SSA), EUSPA looks forward to working with the Slovenian Presidency on these topics.

Slovenia and space

EU Member States, including Slovenia, understand the potential of space-enabled services to address challenges, drive innovation and enhance competitiveness. Slovenian start-ups are realizing more and more the added-value EUSpace can bring to their operations. Several of them have benefitted from EUSPA support in getting their space-based applications to the market. For example, the first-prize winner in Track 1 (from idea to prototype) of this year’s MyGalileoSolution competition was the Slovenian project VisionAnchor the world's first video anchor monitoring system for boats.   

 The Slovenian Presidency of the Council has several EUSpace initiatives in its agenda, including awareness raising-events which will take place either online or physically addressing topics such as “Space for Green and Digital Recovery” and the “Secure Connectivity Initiative”. 

“Slovenia believes that also small nations and SMEs can play a very significant role in Space, working hand in hand with big Space faring nations. Our goal during the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU is to bring space closer to everyone, including citizens and SMEs,” commented Tanja Permozer from the Slovenian Ministry of economic development and technology, responsible for Space, Directorate for internationalisation on behalf of the Slovenian Presidency.

And this: CASSINI hackathon leverages space to digitise green spaces

What’s more, Slovenia is set to host the upcoming CASSINI hackathons initiated by the European Commission to tackle global challenges using European space technologies. In the first hackathon in the series, participants will use Copernicus Earth observation data, together with positioning technologies from Galileo and EGNOS, in an effort to digitise Europe’s green spaces.

Supporting EU priorities

The EU Space Programme is a joint effort and asset of all the European Union Member States.  EUSPA is working to ensure that the Space Programme delivers the services and applications needed to support key EU policies.

From the European Green Deal to digitisation or an economy that works for people, Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are driving innovation and enabling services and applications that support Europe’s economic growth and the EU’s key priorities for Europe. See here for more info on how space is supporting EU policy.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

As of today Slovenia assumes the Presidency of the Council of the EU. EUSpace is an integral part of its agenda.

EUSPA Administrative Board team completed with the election of the new Deputy Chair

30.6.2021 16:50  
EUSPA Administrative Board Deputy Chair Juan Manuel del Salvador Codosero Bolaños and EUSPA AB Chair Mr Václav Kobera at EUSPA Headquarters in Prague.
Published: 
30 June 2021

On 28 June 2021, EU Member States representatives elected Juan Manuel del Salvador Codosero Bolaños as the new Deputy Chair of the EUSPA Administrative Board. It followed the election of the AB Chair, Václav Kobera, in mid-June.

Representatives from the European Union Member States and the European Commission gathered on 28 June 2021 to elect the new Deputy Chair of the EUSPA Administrative Board. 

The new EUSPA AB Deputy Chair, Juan Manuel del Salvador Codosero Bolaños is a Spanish national and aeronautical engineer specialized in jet engines with an extensive experience in both the public and private sector in areas related to aviation and aerospace. 

Codosero Bolaños and the newly appointed Chair, Vaclav Kobera reaffirmed their commitment to be working together with all EU Member States to equally spread the benefits of the EU Space Programme across the Union. Transparency in decision making will continue being the cornerstone of the processes of the EUSPA Administrative Board (AB).

Read this: New Chair for the EUSPA Administrative Board

“I am glad to have received the trust of my colleagues to take this role. I want to get EUSPA closer to the Member States. I will use my mandate as a lever to boost the participation of the Member States in EUSPA daily work and leverage the EUSPA activities in the Member States administration,” said Codosero Bolaños.

“I would like to congratulate Mr Codosero Bolaños on his election. There is a lot of work ahead of us and I am happy to have him on board. We need an active approach from all our AB colleagues. Their interest and commitment are essential to implement the EU Space Programme. We will try our best to increase coordination, cooperation and communication and secure openness and transparency as the main values on this EU space journey,” stated Kobera.

“I would also like to salute Mr Codosero Bolaños on his election. With the elections of Mr. Kobera as the Administrative Board Chair and Mr. Codosero as Deputy Chair, our Board’s leadership is now in place, and it will surely be instrumental in the delivery of the EU Space Programme. I look forward to seeing all AB Members participating in this journey of establishing a state-of-the-art, robust space EU Agency for the Space Programme,” concluded Rodrigo da Costa, EUSPA Executive Director.

Read the Czech version here: Tým správní rady EUSPA byl doplněn o nově zvoleného místopředsedu

Read the Spanish version here: El Consejo de Administración de la EUSPA se completa con la elección del nuevo Vicepresidente

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EUSPA Administrative Board Deputy Chair Juan Manuel del Salvador Codosero Bolaños and EUSPA AB Chair Mr Václav Kobera at EUSPA Headquarters in Prague.

EUSPA Highlights EGNOS benefits for Maritime at TRANSAV 2021

29.6.2021 12:00  
Over 90% of GNSS maritime receivers are EGNOS-enabled.
Published: 
29 June 2021

The 14th International Conference on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation took place from 16-18th June 2021.

The 14th edition of the International Conference on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation (TRANSAV) took place online from 16-18 June 2021, bringing together scientists and professionals who shared their expertise and research results on all aspects of navigation at sea.  

EUSPA Market Development Technology Officer, Prof. Manuel Lopez, co-chaired the round table on GNSS, together with Prof. Cezary Specht, Head of the department of Geodesy and Oceanography of the Maritime University of Gdynia.

Maritime transportation is the backbone of the worldwide economic growth, representing 80% of the global merchant traffic, and a major domain of human and nature activity. Increased marine traffic and the need of accurate manoeuvring in ports are some challenges pilots are faced with. 

The maritime community is becoming more and more interested in using SBAS for ocean, coastal waters and harbour entrances/approaches especially where there is no DGNSS infrastructure or in poorly covered environments. EGNOS is already used to effectively complement DGNSS for the provision of enhanced accuracy (close to 1m) and integrity information.

Read this: EGNOS Safety of Life: Serving aviation for 10 years

SBAS systems like EGNOS are set to become a complementary augmentation technology for maritime users. The study of V. Anton et al. on the evolution of SBAS/EGNOS enabled devices in maritime, presented at TRANSNAV shows that currently around 90% of receivers in the market implement SBAS. However, these implementations are not certified following a maritime test standard. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) recently approved a new work item for the preparation of this standard in the next two years. The name of the standard is: IEC 61108-7 ED1 Maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems - Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) - Part 7: Satellite Based Augmentation Systems - Receiver Equipment - Performance requirements and method of testing. 

During the session moderated by Lopez, participants also had to opportunity to get a taste of how EGNOS performs in high latitudes and more specifically along the Finnish coasts. The study of R. Gonzalez et al. highlights EGNOS suitability in the border of its coverage area, showing an average accuracy of 0.815m in the Gulf of Finland.

The paper Low Bandwith Network-RTK correction dissemination for High Accuracy Maritime Navigation by S. Alissa et al., funded by EUSPA under H2020 project PREParE SHIPS (PREdicted Positioning based on EGNSS for Ships), was nominated as one of the best four papers of the conference. The study described a real-time kinematics network (NRTK) disseminating corrections for GNSS, including Galileo, by means of the modern maritime communication system VDES (VHF Data Exchange System).

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Over 90% of GNSS maritime receivers are EGNOS-enabled.

EUSPA Highlights EGNOS benefits for Maritime at TRANSNAV 2021

29.6.2021 12:00  
Over 90% of GNSS maritime receivers are EGNOS-enabled.
Published: 
29 June 2021

The 14th International Conference on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation took place from 16-18th June 2021.

The 14th edition of the International Conference on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation (TRANSNAV) took place online from 16-18 June 2021, bringing together scientists and professionals who shared their expertise and research results on all aspects of navigation at sea.  

EUSPA Market Development Technology Officer, Prof. Manuel Lopez, co-chaired the round table on GNSS, together with Prof. Cezary Specht, Head of the department of Geodesy and Oceanography of the Maritime University of Gdynia.

Maritime transportation is the backbone of the worldwide economic growth, representing 80% of the global merchant traffic, and a major domain of human and nature activity. Increased marine traffic and the need of accurate manoeuvring in ports are some challenges pilots are faced with. 

The maritime community is becoming more and more interested in using SBAS for ocean, coastal waters and harbour entrances/approaches especially where there is no DGNSS infrastructure or in poorly covered environments. EGNOS is already used to effectively complement DGNSS for the provision of enhanced accuracy (close to 1m) and integrity information.

Read this: EGNOS Safety of Life: Serving aviation for 10 years

SBAS systems like EGNOS are set to become a complementary augmentation technology for maritime users. The study of V. Anton et al. on the evolution of SBAS/EGNOS enabled devices in maritime, presented at TRANSNAV shows that currently around 90% of receivers in the market implement SBAS. However, these implementations are not certified following a maritime test standard. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) recently approved a new work item for the preparation of this standard in the next two years. The name of the standard is: IEC 61108-7 ED1 Maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems - Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) - Part 7: Satellite Based Augmentation Systems - Receiver Equipment - Performance requirements and method of testing. 

During the session moderated by Lopez, participants also had to opportunity to get a taste of how EGNOS performs in high latitudes and more specifically along the Finnish coasts. The study of R. Gonzalez et al. highlights EGNOS suitability in the border of its coverage area, showing an average accuracy of 0.815m in the Gulf of Finland.

The paper Low Bandwith Network-RTK correction dissemination for High Accuracy Maritime Navigation by S. Alissa et al., funded by EUSPA under H2020 project PREParE SHIPS (PREdicted Positioning based on EGNSS for Ships), was nominated as one of the best four papers of the conference. The study described a real-time kinematics network (NRTK) disseminating corrections for GNSS, including Galileo, by means of the modern maritime communication system VDES (VHF Data Exchange System).

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Over 90% of GNSS maritime receivers are EGNOS-enabled.

Making Europe fit for the Digital Age with the European Connectivity Initiative

28.6.2021 16:34  
The Secure Connectivity Initiative will provide secure communication services to the EU and its Member States as well as broadband connectivity for European citizens, private companies and governmental authorities.
Published: 
28 June 2021

Complementing Copernicus, Galileo, EGNOS, and the forthcoming GOVSATCOM, this new EU flagship programme, will benefit a broad range of sectors, including road and maritime transport, air traffic and control, autonomous vehicle development as well Internet of Things (IoT).  It will also open up more opportunities for synergies between the already existing components of the EU Space Programme that can benefit maritime surveillance or even space situational awareness.

I want to position Europe as THE hub of space entrepreneurship in the world”. With this remark Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, kicked off the Q&A session with SMEs and start-ups during the Secure Connectivity Initiative online event organized by DG-DEFIS on 14 June 2021.

The landscape of the space industry is being reshaped as we are entering a new era in the field of satellite communications. The use of new frequency bands, optical communications and quantum technology allows for the development of new innovative products and software. Europe is gifted with a satcom industry that has the capacity to make the necessary technological leap while at the same time New-Space entrepreneurs are able to think outside the box and create new services that can benefit users.

The EU is ready to harness this momentum of digitisation and make Europe fit for the digital age under its new European Connectivity Initiative. 

The Secure Connectivity Initiative, announced in early 2020 by Breton during his keynote at the 13th European Space Conference will be a multi-orbital project, combining the benefits offered by LEO, GEO and MEO constellations. It is set to provide secure communication services to the EU and its Member States as well as broadband connectivity for European citizens, private companies and governmental authorities. This new initiative aims to put an end to dead zones, giving high broadband speed to everyone in Europe and some areas of Africa through a resilient & ultra-secure space and ground based system.

Read this: European Commissioner Breton makes first official visit at EUSPA headquarters and highlights the role of the Agency in the delivery of the EU Space Programme

The EU Agency for the Space Programme, is already actively involved in building secure satellite communications infrastructures for Europe through the coordination of the first phase of GOVSATCOM on which the new secure connectivity initiative will be based. Complementing Copernicus, Galileo, EGNOS and the forthcoming GOVSATCOM, this new EU flagship programme, will benefit a broad range of sectors, including road and maritime transport, air traffic and control as well Internet of Things (IoT). Such a project will also open up more opportunities for synergies between the already existing components of the EU Space Programme. By combining GNSS data and satcom networks we can significantly improve space situational awareness.  Likewise, the synergies between EO, SatNav and SatCom can be useful for fisheries control and maritime surveillance. 

With the addition of the Secure Connectivity Initiative, the EU is ramping up the digitisation of its society and economy while looking to make space data more accessible and scalable to all interested entities. This will ensure reliance on Europe’s own space resources and infrastructure and therefore strengthen its digital sovereignty. 

EUSPA will be supporting the EU’s digital transition by giving incentives to new entrants in order to scale-up the creation of innovative start-ups. This will be done through instruments such as the CASSINI initiative, Horizon Europe calls and other innovation competitions. 

 

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The Secure Connectivity Initiative will provide secure communication services to the EU and its Member States as well as broadband connectivity for European citizens, private companies and governmental authorities.

Making Europe fit for the Digital Age with the European Connectivity Initiative

28.6.2021 16:34  
The Secure Connectivity Initiative will provide secure communication services to the EU and its Member States as well as broadband connectivity for European citizens, private companies and governmental authorities.
Published: 
28 June 2021

Complementing Copernicus, Galileo, EGNOS, and the forthcoming GOVSATCOM, this new EU flagship programme, will benefit a broad range of sectors, including road and maritime transport, air traffic and control, autonomous vehicle development as well Internet of Things (IoT).  It will also open up more opportunities for synergies between the already existing components of the EU Space Programme that can benefit maritime surveillance or even space situational awareness.

I want to position Europe as THE hub of space entrepreneurship in the world”. With this remark Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, kicked off the Q&A session with SMEs and start-ups during the Secure Connectivity Initiative online event organized by DG-DEFIS on 14 June 2021.

The landscape of the space industry is being reshaped as we are entering a new era in the field of satellite communications. The use of new frequency bands, optical communications and quantum technology allows for the development of new innovative products and software. Europe is gifted with a satcom industry that has the capacity to make the necessary technological leap while at the same time New-Space entrepreneurs are able to think outside the box and create new services that can benefit users.

The EU is ready to harness this momentum of digitisation and make Europe fit for the digital age under its new European Connectivity Initiative. 

The Secure Connectivity Initiative, announced in early 2020 by Breton during his keynote at the 13th European Space Conference will be a multi-orbital project, combining the benefits offered by LEO, GEO and MEO constellations. It is set to provide secure communication services to the EU and its Member States as well as broadband connectivity for European citizens, private companies and governmental authorities. This new initiative aims to put an end to dead zones, giving high broadband speed to everyone in Europe and some areas of Africa through a resilient & ultra-secure space and ground based system.

Read this: European Commissioner Breton makes first official visit at EUSPA headquarters and highlights the role of the Agency in the delivery of the EU Space Programme

The EU Agency for the Space Programme, is already actively involved in building secure satellite communications infrastructures for Europe through the coordination of the first phase of GOVSATCOM on which the new secure connectivity initiative will be based. Complementing Copernicus, Galileo, EGNOS and the forthcoming GOVSATCOM, this new EU flagship programme, will benefit a broad range of sectors, including road and maritime transport, air traffic and control as well Internet of Things (IoT). Such a project will also open up more opportunities for synergies between the already existing components of the EU Space Programme. By combining GNSS data and satcom networks we can significantly improve space situational awareness.  Likewise, the synergies between EO, SatNav and SatCom can be useful for fisheries control and maritime surveillance. 

With the addition of the Secure Connectivity Initiative, the EU is ramping up the digitisation of its society and economy while looking to make space data more accessible and scalable to all interested entities. This will ensure reliance on Europe’s own space resources and infrastructure and therefore strengthen its digital sovereignty. 

EUSPA will be supporting the EU’s digital transition by giving incentives to new entrants in order to scale-up the creation of innovative start-ups. This will be done through instruments such as the CASSINI initiative, Horizon Europe calls and other innovation competitions. 

 

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The Secure Connectivity Initiative will provide secure communication services to the EU and its Member States as well as broadband connectivity for European citizens, private companies and governmental authorities.

Horizon Europe Info Days: Seizing EU Space to build #NextGenerationEU

25.6.2021 12:37  
Save the date for Horizon Europe Info Days 2021!
Published: 
25 June 2021

With an allocated budget of EUR 95.5 billion for the period 2021-2027, Horizon Europe is the new EU research and innovation funding programme, poised to develop sustainable solutions to tackle climate change, boost competitiveness and create jobs. Targeting public authorities, universities, research institutes, companies and other organizations, the Programme also facilitates collaboration, and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting, and implementing EU policies.

Throughout the years, the EU research and innovation (R&I) funding programmes (FP6, FP7, H2020 to name but a few) have been fueling Europe’s future and growth.  As Europe slowly emerges from the pandemic, R&I will become even more crucial to develop much needed solutions to tackle global and societal challenges, and build a more sustainable, secure and resilient European Union. 

While the European Commission fully-fledged #NextGenerationEU recovery plan aims to support and stimulate national economies, Horizon Europe targets solutions to turn our continent greener, more digital and more resilient leveraging on  the European Union excellence in research and academia, and its innovation and creativity capital among industry, SMEs, and entrepreneurs. 

With an allocated budget of EUR 95.5 billion for the period 2021-2027, the enhanced successor of Horizon 2020, is the EU’s vehicle to tackle climate change, boost competitiveness and create jobs. Targeting public authorities, universities, research institutes, companies and other organizations, the new Programme also facilitates the collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies. 

EU Space data based on Galileo, Copernicus and EGNOS is enabling the development of next-generation, innovative applications or technologies especially in the downstream sectors such as mobility, smart farming, shared economy, Consumer solutions, surveying, and leisure, among others. Horizon Europe will feature a set of calls to support R&I within the context of the new EU Space Programme.

Add Info Days to your calendar!

The European Commission is organizing the Horizon Europe Info Days 2021 with the objective to inform prospective applicants and other stakeholders, about the main funding instruments and processes, and the novelties of Horizon Europe. The Info-days will address 9 themes, each featuring a programme with discussions and hands-on sessions, and dedicated to individual clusters or parts of the new Programme.

Cluster 4 Digital, Industry and Space focuses on the following six destinations matching the Strategic Plan: 

  1. Climate neutral, circular and digitised production; 
  2. Increased autonomy in key strategic value chains for resilient industry; 
  3. World leading data and computing technologies; 
  4. Digital and emerging technologies for competitiveness and fit for the Green Deal; 
  5. Open strategic autonomy in developing, deploying and using global space-based infrastructures, services, applications and data; 
  6. A human-centred and ethical development of digital and industrial technologies

The destination five will provide first-hand information on EU Space related calls. 

This Info-day will take place on 29 June 2021 from 09:00 until 17:00 CET and no prior registration is required. Participants will have the opportunity to first attend a “Welcome and general presentation of the 'Digital, Industry and Space' 2021 Work Programme” while under Destination 5 they will be informed about “Open strategic autonomy in developing, deploying and using global space-based infrastructures, services, applications and data”.

More information can be found here.

There is more

To complement Horizon Europe Info Days 2021, the National Contact Points (NCPs), under Bridge2HE, ID2020 and Cosmos2020, are promoting three different Brokerage events to support the forming of consortia. Interested? Sign up at the links below:

Digital: 24-25th June 2021 https://digital2021.ideal-ist.eu

Industry: 1st July 2021 https://industry2021.b2match.io

Space: 28th June 2021 https://cosmos2020plus-heu-cluster4-space-brokerage.b2match.io

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Save the date for Horizon Europe Info Days 2021!

Unlocking Africa’s full EO potential with EU Space synergies

24.6.2021 13:54  
Agricultural fires in the first half of 2021 in Democratic Republic of Congo, taken by Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite. Credit: DG DEFIS
Published: 
24 June 2021

The Europe-Africa Space Earth Observation High-Level Forum held earlier in June examined the evolving roadmap for enhancing EU-Africa cooperation in satellite-based Earth Observation; the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa was there to highlight the role of the agency in unlocking the full potential of EO in Africa through EU Space synergies. 

Africa is a vast continent with a diverse geomorphology, a rapidly growing population and a home to a broad range of ecosystems. Experts have been looking into space-based solutions over the past decades, and in particular Earth Observation (EO) data, enabling solutions that help manage natural resources and better assess the impact of human activities on natural habitats. 

Africa’s EO community is blossoming, benefitting from geospatial data (EO and GNSS) deriving from regional space infrastructures but also relying on international cooperation initiatives. It was within this context that EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa, joined the “Europe-Africa Space Earth Observation High-Level Forum” earlier in June, to speak about the role of the Agency and how the EU Space Programme can help Africa unlock its full potential.

Read this: ASECNA provides Africa’s first early SBAS Open Service

EU Space Programme Synergies to the front

While talking about the role of the Agency in fostering applications and the use of EO and navigation data, da Costa emphasized “the need to involve users in the design of sustainable solutions,” to enhance EU-Africa cooperation from a space point of view”, adding that EO combined with satellite navigation and telecommunication offers a huge potential to develop innovative space products based on synergies between these. “Just to give you one example, Copernicus can provide soil moisture and fertility information on a given piece of land. With the accuracy provided by Galileo, farmers everywhere – and of course also in Africa - can seed precisely where the soil is the most fertile, and that contributes to a more sustainable farming”, he concluded.

The session gathered high-level space actors such as Mahama Ouedraogo from the African Union Council who set the tone by saying that Africa-Europe EO cooperation should go further and consider the new paradigm brought by New Space. The European Commission was represented by DG INTPA Director General Koen Doens, Patrick Child Deputy Director General of DG RTD and Augusto Gonzales, Advisor to the DG DEFIS Director General all of which presented the latest developments and work of their respective DGs in the field of EO. The panel was completed by EUMETSAT Director General Phil Evans who noted that EUMETSAT had been collaborating for more than 20 years with the European Commission and multiple African institutions to ensure access to satellite data and strengthen African capacities to exploit these data and provide added-value services to various socio-economic sectors.

And this: Spanish team wins Farming by Satellite Prize 2020

EUSPA successfully linking users’ needs in Africa

As regards the role of EUSPA, he said that the Agency, with the support of the European Commission, could help Africa accelerate its EO downstream industry. “EUSPA has a successful track record of working with stakeholders in Africa and more specifically with the Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). Together we are developing the “SBAS for Africa and Indian Ocean” based on EGNOS technology. This was a first step to make African airports more accessible and create more commercial opportunities for airlines and new flight routes at a regional and international level, with minimum costs for ground infrastructure and its maintenance,” he said. 

EU leaders and policy makers are ready to strengthen cooperation between the European EO and Africa, and are looking forward to making use of the infinite opportunities offered by the EU Space Programme, all under the same sky.

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Agricultural fires in the first half of 2021 in Democratic Republic of Congo, taken by Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite. Credit: DG DEFIS

The new European Union Space Programme a successful European cooperation paradigm

22.6.2021 17:27  
DG DEFIS Director General, Timo Pesonen, Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher and EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa.
Published: 
22 June 2021

With the largest allocated budget ever  - €14.88 billion- the new EU Space Programme has now become a reality marking a new era for Europe in space. The signature of the Financial Framework Partnership Agreement (FFPA) today in Brussels anchors the European Union leadership in Space. 

Why a European Union Space Programme?

With the creation of the first-ever integrated Space Programme, the European Union is reinforcing its strategy to harness the power of space to re-ignite its post-COVID economy, address climate change, transit to digitalization, and secure its autonomy and sovereignty.  

The increase in the budget for the years 2021-2027, underlines the EU expectations for space as an economic enabler with a positive spillover effect across various industries. The new EU Space Programme will generate an even higher return-on-investment through the creation of value-adding, safe and secure space-based services for the EU citizens, business and governments alike. By 2025, space-related jobs across the Union should increase to 400,000.

Space data is an indispensable tool for policy-makers that helps inform policy makers and decision takers to tackle today and tomorrow’s challenges. In particular, Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus support a wide range of EU policies ranging from the Common Fishery (CSP) to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) while underpinning the ambitious EU Green Deal and Europe’s digital transition.

A robust EU Space programme, secured from cyber threats and supported by a range of state-of-the-art ground centres and infrastructure ensures the Union’s autonomy and sovereignty.

European Commission, EUSPA and ESA: pieces the same space puzzle 

Effective cooperation between the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), the European Commission and ESA is key to achieve a successful EU Space Programme. It will be measured by the benefits we deliver to the citizens and the growth we ignite in EU economy, innovation and society. 

Each of the partners has unique and complementary function and competence.

The European Commission, as project manager, steers the wheel towards pressing societal, economic or environmental challenges where #EUSpace makes a difference.  

EUSPA, as the EU market-oriented agency, makes sure that these challenges are addressed through the design and development of new space-based services which meet the needs of the users, while ensuring its market uptake.

ESA ensures the roll-out of new satellite technology and architecture of the systems that provide the services. 

“With the signature of the Financial Framework Partnership Agreement today we have confirmed the powerful scheme together with the EC and ESA and to keep the EU Space where it belongs: at the top,” concluded Rodrigo da Costa, EUSPA Executive Director.

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DG DEFIS Director General, Timo Pesonen, Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher and EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa.

The new European Union Space Programme a successful European cooperation paradigm

22.6.2021 17:27  
DG DEFIS Director General, Timo Pesonen, Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher and EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa.
Published: 
22 June 2021

With the largest allocated budget ever  - €14.88 billion- the new EU Space Programme has now become a reality marking a new era for Europe in space. The signature of the Financial Framework Partnership Agreement (FFPA) today in Brussels anchors the European Union leadership in Space. 

Why a European Union Space Programme?

With the creation of the first-ever integrated Space Programme, the European Union is reinforcing its strategy to harness the power of space to re-ignite its post-COVID economy, address climate change, transit to digitalization, and secure its autonomy and sovereignty.  

The increase in the budget for the years 2021-2027, underlines the EU expectations for space as an economic enabler with a positive spillover effect across various industries. The new EU Space Programme will generate an even higher return-on-investment through the creation of value-adding, safe and secure space-based services for the EU citizens, business and governments alike. By 2025, space-related jobs across the Union should increase to 400,000.

Space data is an indispensable tool that helps inform policy makers and decision takers to tackle today's and tomorrow’s challenges. In particular, Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus support a wide range of EU policies ranging from the Common Fishery (CSP) to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) while underpinning the ambitious EU Green Deal and Europe’s digital transition.

A robust EU Space programme, secured from cyber threats and supported by a range of state-of-the-art ground centres and infrastructures ensures the Union’s autonomy and sovereignty.

European Commission, EUSPA and ESA: pieces the same space puzzle 

Effective cooperation between the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), the European Commission and ESA is key to achieve a successful EU Space Programme. It will be measured by the benefits we deliver to the citizens and the growth we ignite in EU economy, innovation and society. 

Each of the partners has unique and complementary functions and competences.

The European Commission, as project manager, steers the wheel towards pressing societal, economic or environmental challenges where EUSpace makes a difference.  

EUSPA, as the EU market-oriented agency, makes sure that these challenges are addressed through the design and development of new space-based services which meet the needs of the users, while ensuring its market uptake.

ESA ensures the roll-out of new satellite technology and architecture of the systems that provide the services. 

“With the signature of the Financial Framework Partnership Agreement today we have confirmed the powerful scheme together with the EC and ESA and to keep the EU Space where it belongs: at the top,” concluded Rodrigo da Costa, EUSPA Executive Director.

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DG DEFIS Director General, Timo Pesonen, Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher and EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa.

New Chair for the EUSPA Administrative Board

17.6.2021 19:03  
In European Union there's strength: EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa (left) and Bruno Vermeire, Security Accreditation Board chair (right) with the newly elected EUSPA Administrative Board Chair, Vaclav Kobera.
Published: 
17 June 2021

The Member states of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme elected today Václav Kobera to chair its Administrative Board.

During the 1st meeting of EUSPA’s Administrative Board, Mr Vaclav Kobera, Director of the Department of Intelligent Transport Systems, Space Activities and Research, Development and Innovation at the Ministry of Transport was elected as its new chair by the Member States and the European Commission representatives.

Mr Kobera is a Czech national with vast experience in space-related activities and more concretely satellite navigation. He has held several managerial positions in the public sector, namely the Czech Ministry of Transport. 

“I am happy and honoured for the trust of the EU Member States and the European Commission gave me while electing me as Chair of the EUSPA Administrative Board. We need to face together the many challenges in front of us. I am ready to support the Member States and the Commission to prepare EUSPA to fulfil all its entrusted tasks and be a valuable partner for ESA, industry and other stakeholders”, stated Kobera.

Kobera thanked outgoing acting Chair Alberto Tuozzi, Head of the Telecommunications and Navigation of ASI (Italian Space Agency) for his leadership over the past few months. 

“With transition of the GSA into EUSPA officially on May 12th 2021 our agency has a pivotal role to play in the delivery of the EU Space Programme.” says Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “I look forward to working closely with our new Chair as EUSPA has set off to an exciting EU Space journey!” 

The EUSPA Administrative Board consists of representatives from each EU Member State, the European Commission, and the European parliament. The Board meets at least twice a year to take various decisions (budget, work programme, etc.) and ensure that the Agency performs its entrusted tasks according to the regulation.

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In European Union there's strength: EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa (left) and Bruno Vermeire, Security Accreditation Board chair (right) with the newly elected EUSPA Administrative Board Chair, Vaclav Kobera.

Space synergies for sustainable development

15.6.2021 18:10  
EGNOS expansion to Africa will open up opportunities for entrepreneurs.
Published: 
16 June 2021

A session on the first day of the Europe-Africa Space Earth Observation High-Level Forum, which took place in Lisbon and online on 10-11 June, looked at capacity building, innovation and entrepreneurship in downstream applications. Speaking at the session, European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani talked about how synergies between the space programme components are boosting entrepreneurship in Africa by creating opportunities for entrepreneurs.

The speakers of this session agreed that cooperation was central to achieve sustainable development through capacity building, innovation and entrepreneurship. The cooperation should exist at different levels between the two continents and the countries, between the systems (Earth observation, Navigation (Galileo), communication, meteorology) and technologies (IA, big data, …) and between the organizations (private and public partnerships, network of academia, network of entrepreneurs, …).

In a keynote address ahead of the session, Veronica Cesco, Associate Programme Officer at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) said that space assets had transformed the way we live and that space infrastructure had unlocked virtually limitless access to data and information, enabling great strides in the quest for sustainable development.

She referenced a study produced by UNOOSA in cooperation with the European Commission, which found that geolocation (via GNSS) and Earth observation (EO) support 40% of targets underpinning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). When satellite communications are included, this share increases to over 50%. She said that capacity building was essential if we are to ensure that access to space and the benefits it enables are available to everybody.

Read this: EGNSS and Earth Observation: A promising convergence for sustainable development

The session started with an overview of current capacity building programmes, during which Meshack Ndiritu, GMES & Africa training officer at the African Union Commission (AUC) highlighted the importance of the public and private sector working together. He said that academia brings innovation and the private sector brings deployment of this innovation and that this combination is needed to sustain the services on the continent.

Space-driven entrepreneurship

Highlighting how space synergies are driving entrepreneurship, EUSPA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani noted that over 2 billion users are already able to access Galileo in their smartphones, which makes it possible for them to develop applications. Diani gave three examples of where space synergies are driving innovation. 

In precision farming, georeferenced maps are combined with highly accurate machine positioning in variable rate application systems that make agriculture more resource-efficient and reduce its environmental impact. In renewable energy, Copernicus imagery is used to optimise site selection and evaluate energy potential, while EGNSS supports fine-tuning of site selection, construction and maintenance, and timing and synchronisation functions in smart grids. Finally, EGNSS and Copernicus support infrastructure planning and maintenance with tracking and navigation and land monitoring and environmental impact assessments.

And this: Space synergies serving the environment

Diani stressed that these applications are providing opportunities for entrepreneurs and that EUSPA promotes this entrepreneurship, for example though the CASSINI initiative, or through initiatives like the Farming by Satellite prize, which last year had a Special Africa Prize, won by Kenyan-Italian team GeoM&E for a solution that uses European satellite technology to monitor coffee diseases.

Diani also said that EGNOS is expanding to Africa and that this would open up opportunities for entrepreneurs in many different areas. “EUSPA is working on new opportunities to support entrepreneurs, including through Horizon Europe. There will be concrete opportunities coming soon,” she said.

Success stories

Frank Salzgeber, Head of Innovation and Ventures Office at ESA noted that supporting entrepreneurship is about cooperation – start-ups don’t have to do everything by themselves. 

The session ended with the presentation of some African space entrepreneurship ecosystem success stories. The Agribora project improves decision making by different agriculture value chain actors through the use of data-driven services and digital tools. Using technology, it de-risks the smallholder agriculture ecosystem and bridges the information and access gaps that limit productivity and profitability of farmers and agribusiness ventures. 

The second success story, Manobi Africa, delivers digital solutions and services for businesses, development projects and service providers in Africa’s water and agricultural sectors. The company profiles, maps and monitors the activities of value chain actors, in real-time, across 14 African countries by combining geospatial mapping and remote-sensing technologies at scale.

 

Mariane Diop, from the World Meteorological Organization moderating this session, concluded on recalling that EO works in complementarity with other space technologies as GNSS and Communication. Integrating these technologies is an opportunity for entrepreneurship.

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EGNOS expansion to Africa will open up opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) launches a technology and service road map consultation

14.6.2021 13:26  
The deadline for requests is 19 July 2021. All consultations will be organised between 23 August 2021 and 13 September 2021.
Published: 
14 June 2021

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is launching a consultation on a technology and service road map for the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS). This consultation will support the development of the PRS user segment and market uptake up till 2027.

The Agency invites Competent PRS Authorities (CPAs) from each European Member State, and European industry, to share their views and ideas on which user segment technologies are important to enhance adoption from the first generation of Galileo (G1G) and address the evolution towards the second generation of the Galileo space programme (G2G). The Agency encourages industries with potential interests and capabilities to support the development of such technologies to contact their relevant CPA to join the discussion.

The Galileo PRS is restricted to governmental authorised users. It is meant for sensitive applications that need a high-level of service continuity. The PRS uses encrypted signals with increased resistance towards interference and spoofing. Authorised users include:

  • Member States
  • The European Council
  • The European Commission
  • The European External Action Service
  • EU agencies
  • Third countries and international organisations (subject to security agreements with the EU).

The role of industry input

The Agency’s goal is to make sure the PRS is affordable and secure for all interested and authorised users. It balances this with making sure that European industry maintains its competitive edge in the global marketplace. In the past, the Agency did this through previous research and development programmes. It has already run several studies and projects to identify, develop and sustain technology to support market uptake. The Agency will launch more initiatives within the Horizon Europe Framework Programme (2021-2027) for technology to keep evolving.

The Agency is responsible for maintenance and execution of the PRS technological road map to support market uptake. This consultation will reflect industry needs in the roadmap. Industry will provide inputs and ideas that the Agency may explore through Horizon Europe and other financial opportunities. The Agency will use this information to plan long-term activities to support adoption of the Public Regulated Service.

Consultations will focus on the following topics: 

  • The necessary steps to transform technology and services into competitive products in terms of cost, power, dimension etc. The Agency wants to support market uptake in preparation for the Full Operational Capability (FOC) milestone of the PRS and the second generation of Galileo.
  • Information on current European capability and capacity within the manufacturing sector. The Agency wants to understand how to better support it, including preparation necessary for FOC and Galileo’s 2nd generation.
  • Ideas to upgrade relevant manufacturing lines to make them more efficient ahead of FOC and Galileo’s 2nd generation.

Notes: 

The PRS decision 1104/2011/EU governs PRS technology manufacturing. This limits consultations to entities established in the territory of a PRS participant which has designated a Competent PRS Authority (CPA). The Agency will inform interested CPAs.

The Agency will consider all information received during consultations as ‘confidential in commerce’. It will not disclose any information unless authorised. Nondisclosure agreements are being considered; templates for which are available upon request. Due to the sensitivity of the topic and time limitations, the Agency cannot ensure that it will grant all requests.

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For more information please contact your relevant PRS Competent Authority.

The Agency reserves the right to only contact industries duly authorised by their relevant PRS Competent Authority.

For any organisational questions, please contact: prs-consultations@euspa.europa.eu 

PRS consultations

Security Department

European Union Agency for the Space Programme

Janovského 438/2 

170 00 Prague 7 – Holesovice 

Czech Republic 

The deadline for requests is 19 July 2021. All consultations will be organised between 23 August 2021 and 13 September 2021.

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The deadline for requests is 19 July 2021. All consultations will be organised between 23 August 2021 and 13 September 2021.

European Innovation Council (EIC) opportunities for space SMEs – mark your calendar!

14.6.2021 11:36  
The first cut-off for the EIC Accelerator is 16 June.
Published: 
14 June 2021

On 30 June from 15:00 to 17:00 CEST, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) together with the European Commission Directorate-General for the Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS) and the European Innovation Council (EIC) are organising an informative online workshop on EIC opportunities for space SMEs. To register to attend click here.

The European Commission launched the EIC to support the commercialisation of high-impact technologies in the European Union. Its goal is to aid researchers, start-ups and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in bringing their innovations to market by providing funding, networking and partnership opportunities, and business acceleration services. 

Read this: Galileo Masters – the EUSPA SatCom Challenge

With a budget of EUR 10.1 billion, the EIC will support game changing innovations throughout the lifecycle from early stage research, to proof of concept, technology transfer, and the financing and scale up of start-ups and SMEs. The EIC provides considerable funding opportunities through various programmes, such as the EIC Pathfinder, the EIC Transition, the EIC Accelerator and the EIC Fund. 

The upcoming workshop held on 30 June from 15:00 to 17:00 CEST is open to all SMEs interested in EIC funding opportunities and will focus on the added value of the EIC instrument and the benefits, challenges and lessons learned by previous EIC winners. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss administrative details, participation rules and other issues. To register to the workshop click here.

EIC Accelerator cut-off  

Are you a start-up or SME developing a disruptive product, service or idea? Do you have a video pitch, a slide deck, and are you ready to respond to a short set of questions about your innovation and your team? If this is you, then you can now apply for EIC Accelerator funding!

The EIC Accelerator supports individual SMEs, in particular start-ups and spinout companies, to develop and scale-up game-changing innovations in any field of technology or application. The EIC Accelerator provides substantial financial support with grant funding of up to EUR 2.5 million for innovation development costs, and investments of up to EUR 15 million, managed by the EIC Fund, for scale up and other relevant costs.

And this: Welcome to the Space Crossroads, where space and great ideas meet

In addition, EIC selected companies receive coaching, mentoring, access to investors and corporates, and many other opportunities as part of the EIC community. The EIC welcomes applications from innovators in all EU Member States and countries associated to Horizon Europe. The cut-off dates for 2021 are 16 June and 6 October.

There is still some time left before the June 16 cut-off date, so don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to access funding and support! Follow the links for more information on the EIC Accelerator and on other EIC funding opportunities.

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The first cut-off for the EIC Accelerator is 16 June.

EUSPA at the heart of EU’s New Space approach

11.6.2021 11:33  
EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa spoke at the opening session of the New Space Atlantic Summit.
Published: 
11 June 2021

At the fourth edition of the New Space Atlantic Summit, key players from Europe and the Atlantic region gathered in Coimbra, Portugal and online to discuss the role of New Space for people. European Union Agency for the Space programme (EUSPA) Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa gave a keynote address at the opening session, outlining EUSPA’s role as the key actor in the European Union’s New Space approach.

Introducing the opening session, Ricardo Conde, President of the Portuguese Space Agency noted that innovative solutions were needed to address user needs and to link space to non-space sectors. This was something that EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa also picked up on in his address. 

Da Costa noted that EUSPA was at the heart of New Space and that its mission was to take advantage of the opportunities that come from the development of innovative space products based on satellite navigation, Earth observation and telecoms to maximize synergies between EU Space Programme components at user level.

Fostering collaboration

“We will do this by fostering collaboration between space and non-space actors, allowing greater cross-fertilisation. For example, space and non-space companies are already teaming up on several of our Horizon-financed projects to bring innovative solutions to diverse markets, such as agriculture, transport, or resource management, just to cite a few,” he said.

Read this: CASSINI hackathon leverages space to digitise green spaces

Da Costa said that EUSPA was encouraging all the EU Member States to benefit from the innovation brought by space technologies, stressing that it was particularly important to build capacity in the Member States, including those with emerging capabilities.

“In the provision of Galileo and EGNOS services, we involve large, small and medium actors from several Member States, and with them we ensure the 24/7 operations of these key EU infrastructures. In GovSatCom also, we are now looking for innovative approaches to build the GovSatCom Hub,” he said.

Speaking at the session, Elodie Viau, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Application at the European Space Agency (ESA) said that space had entered the digital economy and society. “Data generated in space and on Earth are improving our daily lives,” she said, adding that ESA was supporting European industry, start-ups and SMEs and was looking at new concepts of innovation, for technology. “We are going to work with all the institutional players and the private sector to create even more innovation. This is key for Europe to maintain its competitiveness,” she said.

Role of private sector

The EUSPA Executive Director also highlighted the key role of the private sector. He said that EUSPA would create opportunities for EU companies to explore new markets, through dedicated procurements, grants and prizes to create new business opportunities and connect them with private investors and venture capitalists for the necessary financing capability to jump-start their business cases.

And this: Going green? Look to EU Space!

“For example, one of our winners in the MyGalileo Solution competition, 10 lines, an Estonian company, is developing an automated robot to design parking places. They already have contracts in the EU and have recently won a large contract in the US,” he said.

Da Costa stressed that the recently approved conclusion of the EU Council on “New Space for people” calls upon EUSPA, with the Commission, to foster the uptake of space services by stimulating the adoption of space-based solutions and by increasing the competitiveness of the EU industry. “We are ready to play our fundamental role on this,” he said, adding that this New Space development was essential for European economies and for European integration.

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EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa spoke at the opening session of the New Space Atlantic Summit.

EUSPA at the heart of EU’s New Space approach

11.6.2021 11:33  
EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa spoke at the opening session of the New Space Atlantic Summit.
Published: 
11 June 2021

At the fourth edition of the New Space Atlantic Summit, key players from Europe and the Atlantic region gathered in Coimbra, Portugal and online to discuss the role of New Space for people. European Union Agency for the Space programme (EUSPA) Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa gave a keynote address at the opening session, outlining EUSPA’s role as the key actor in the European Union’s New Space approach.

Introducing the opening session, Ricardo Conde, President of the Portuguese Space Agency noted that innovative solutions were needed to address user needs and to link space to non-space sectors. This was something that EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa also picked up on in his address. 

Da Costa noted that EUSPA was at the heart of New Space and that its mission was to take advantage of the opportunities that come from the development of innovative space products based on satellite navigation, Earth observation and telecoms to maximize synergies between EU Space Programme components at user level.

Fostering collaboration

“We will do this by fostering collaboration between space and non-space actors, allowing greater cross-fertilisation. For example, space and non-space companies are already teaming up on several of our Horizon-financed projects to bring innovative solutions to diverse markets, such as agriculture, transport, or resource management, just to cite a few,” he said.

Read this: CASSINI hackathon leverages space to digitise green spaces

Da Costa said that EUSPA was encouraging all the EU Member States to benefit from the innovation brought by space technologies, stressing that it was particularly important to build capacity in the Member States, including those with emerging capabilities.

“In the provision of Galileo and EGNOS services, we involve large, small and medium actors from several Member States, and with them we ensure the 24/7 operations of these key EU infrastructures. In GovSatCom also, we are now looking for innovative approaches to build the GovSatCom Hub,” he said.

Speaking at the session, Elodie Viau, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Application at the European Space Agency (ESA) said that space had entered the digital economy and society. “Data generated in space and on Earth are improving our daily lives,” she said, adding that ESA was supporting European industry, start-ups and SMEs and was looking at new concepts of innovation, for technology. “We are going to work with all the institutional players and the private sector to create even more innovation. This is key for Europe to maintain its competitiveness,” she said.

Role of private sector

The EUSPA Executive Director also highlighted the key role of the private sector. He said that EUSPA would create opportunities for EU companies to explore new markets, through dedicated procurements, grants and prizes to create new business opportunities and connect them with private investors and venture capitalists for the necessary financing capability to jump-start their business cases.

And this: Going green? Look to EU Space!

“For example, one of our winners in the MyGalileo Solution competition, 10 lines, an Estonian company, is developing an automated robot to design parking places. They already have contracts in the EU and have recently won a large contract in the US,” he said.

Da Costa stressed that the recently approved conclusion of the EU Council on “New Space for people” calls upon EUSPA, with the Commission, to foster the uptake of space services by stimulating the adoption of space-based solutions and by increasing the competitiveness of the EU industry. “We are ready to play our fundamental role on this,” he said, adding that this New Space development was essential for European economies and for European integration.

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EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa spoke at the opening session of the New Space Atlantic Summit.

EU Space Programme Launch Event: June 22 - Save the Date!

9.6.2021 12:40  
At the June 22 event, high-level decision-makers will discuss pressing issues related to space.
Published: 
09 June 2021

The launch of the European Union Space Programme and its entry into force will be celebrated at a special online event to be held on June 22. The event will focus on how the Space programme marks a fresh start to an ambitious Space Agenda for Europe and showcase the contribution of the EU Space Programme to Europe’s digital and green transitions and the EU’s priority policies. For more information and to register, click here.

The event, which takes place from 09:30 to 13:00 on June 22, features high-level decision-makers and round table sessions discussing pressing issues such as cooperation amongst the space actors, entrepreneurship opportunities, and how the EU Space Programme contributes to various EU policies. 

The event will open with statements from European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton, Portuguese Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education Manuel Heitor and MEP Cristian Busoi on the entry into force of the new Regulation. This will be followed by the formal signing of the Financial Framework Partnership Agreement.

Meeting with the press

A press event will start with Commissioner Breton statement.  European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa, European Commission Director-General for Industry and Space Timo Pesonen and ESA Director General will give the media an opportunity to have their questions answered. 

The EUSPA Executive Director and the DG DEFIS Director General will then participate in a session on successful cooperation within the EU Space Programme, along with MEP Massimiliano Salini  and European Space Agency Director General Josef Aschbacher. 

Read this: CASSINI hackathon leverages space to digitise green spaces

The event will end with a session on how the EU Space Programme is enabling EU policies and supporting EU entrepreneurship, with participation by Ekaterini Kavvada from DG DEFIS, EUSPA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani and European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) Director General Florence Rabier. 

The conference is co-hosted by the European Commission/DG DEFIS, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Some background

On 6 June 2018, the European Commission presented the new Space Programme for the period 2021-2027. The aim of the Programme is to ensure investment continuity in EU space activities, encourage scientific and technical progress and support the competitiveness and innovation capacity of the European space industry. 

And this: Going green? Look to EU Space!

On April 28 this year, the European Parliament confirmed the political agreement on the Space Regulation reached in December 2020, officially creating the European Union Agency for the Space Programme. The EU Space Programme has the largest budget ever for space - €14.88 billion. The Space Programme brings all EU space activities under one roof and will enable space to contribute effectively to the priorities of the European agenda.

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At the June 22 event, high-level decision-makers will discuss pressing issues related to space.

EU Space Programme Launch Event: June 22 - Save the Date!

9.6.2021 12:40  
At the June 22 event, high-level decision-makers will discuss pressing issues related to space.
Published: 
09 June 2021

The launch of the European Union Space Programme and its entry into force will be celebrated at a special online event to be held on June 22. The event will focus on how the Space programme marks a fresh start to an ambitious Space Agenda for Europe and showcases the contribution of the EU Space Programme to Europe’s digital and green transitions and the EU’s priority policies. For more information and to register, click here.

The event, which takes place from 09:30 to 13:00 on June 22, features high-level decision-makers and round table sessions discussing pressing issues such as cooperation amongst the space actors, entrepreneurship opportunities, and how the EU Space Programme contributes to various EU policies. 

The event will open with statements from European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton, Portuguese Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education Manuel Heitor and MEP Cristian Busoi on the entry into force of the new Regulation. This will be followed by the formal signing of the Financial Framework Partnership Agreement.

Meeting with the press

A press event will start with Commissioner Breton statement.  European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa, European Commission Director-General for Industry and Space Timo Pesonen and ESA Director General will give the media an opportunity to have their questions answered. 

The EUSPA Executive Director and the DG DEFIS Director General will then participate in a session on successful cooperation within the EU Space Programme, along with MEP Massimiliano Salini  and European Space Agency Director General Josef Aschbacher. 

Read this: CASSINI hackathon leverages space to digitise green spaces

The event will end with a session on how the EU Space Programme is enabling EU policies and supporting EU entrepreneurship, with participation by Ekaterini Kavvada from DG DEFIS, EUSPA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani and European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) Director General Florence Rabier. 

The conference is co-hosted by the European Commission/DG DEFIS, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Some background

On 6 June 2018, the European Commission presented the new Space Programme for the period 2021-2027. The aim of the Programme is to ensure investment continuity in EU space activities, encourage scientific and technical progress and support the competitiveness and innovation capacity of the European space industry. 

And this: Going green? Look to EU Space!

On April 28 this year, the European Parliament confirmed the political agreement on the Space Regulation reached in December 2020, officially creating the European Union Agency for the Space Programme. The EU Space Programme has the largest budget ever for space - €14.88 billion. The Space Programme brings all EU space activities under one roof and will enable space to contribute effectively to the priorities of the European agenda.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

At the June 22 event, high-level decision-makers will discuss pressing issues related to space.

Satellites and the sea

8.6.2021 15:57  
EU Space is powering solutions to protect and restore the oceans.
Published: 
08 June 2021

On World Ocean Day, which takes place every year on 8 June, people around the world celebrate our shared ocean and take action to protect and restore it for future generations. Today we take a look at how EU Space contributes to these efforts by providing data that improves our understanding of the ocean ecosystem and enables applications and services that help to minimise the impact of human activity on ocean health.

The 2020 EU Blue Economy Report tells us that a sustainable Blue Economy allows society to obtain value from the oceans and coastal regions, while respecting the long-term capacity of the oceans to regenerate and endure these activities. This sustainable approach is at the heart of the European Green Deal. However, implementation of the sustainable practices implicit in the Green Deal will require reliable, accurate and centralised data. This is where EU Space has an invaluable role to play.

EU’s eyes on the ocean

The Earth observation programme Copernicus supports EU policies and international commitments related to ocean governance. However, Copernicus is more than just a data provider. It also offers a large range of services that empower all users, from scientists and policy managers to private companies who want to drive the blue economy and scientific innovation.  

Watch this: Monitoring Ocean Currents

The mission of the Copernicus Marine Service is to monitor the oceans. The service provides 4D regular, authoritative, quality-assured information about the ocean. This information is available for free and is accessible from anywhere in the world, allowing us to know more about the past, current and future state of the Blue, White and Green ocean. This data can be used to create applications for both the public and private sectors. 

 

What’s more, EO data from Copernicus can be combined with highly accurate positioning and navigation information from Galileo and EGNOS to enable monitoring and tracking solutions and targeted action to tackle environmental and legal issues at sea – detecting and monitoring oil spills and the vessels involved.

GNSS and the oceans

In synergy with EO, and on its own, EGNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) has been enabling applications that address challenges in the marine environment. This time last year, we looked at specific projects that leverage space tech to monitor and protect the oceans. Since then, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) has been tapping into the innovative spirit of Europe’s start-ups to deliver new space-based environmental solutions.

And this: EGNOS for Waterborne Transport

Through its various prizes, such as MyGalileoSolution, MyGalileoDrone and Farming by Satellite, EUSPA has been challenging young entrepreneurs and start-ups to deliver solutions to pressing societal challenges, and the ocean has benefited from this innovative drive. The first-prize winner in Track 1 (from idea to prototype) of this year’s MyGalileoSolution competition was VisionAnchor the world's first video anchor monitoring system for boats. By providing eyes on ships’ anchors around the clock, this solution helps to increase safety and reduce the damage caused by anchors to the marine environment. smartSAR, one of the MyGalileoDrone finalists, focused on the development of a drone-based solution to faster locate survivors in maritime disasters, while at the same time reducing the workload of search and rescue (SAR) ship crews.

While the ocean indirectly benefits from all space-based applications that increase the efficiency of agriculture, thanks to reduced run-off of pesticides and fertilizer, this year a winning project in the Farming by Satellite competition directly addressed the ocean environment. Third prize in the competition went to AI4OceanFarming, a solution that uses satellite data to identify ocean farming threats such as harmful algal blooms, ocean acidification, and invasive species. 

Are you up for a Challenge?

The drive to leverage space to serve the environment does not stop there. The Space for our Planet Challenge is one of four challenges in this year’s Galileo Masters competition, targeting solutions that lead to more environmentally friendly living and decision-making, resulting in a healthier planet.

In this challenge, participants are encouraged to submit solutions using Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus as key enablers to support sustainable and smart mobility and the EU’s Farm to Fork strategy, contributing to Europe’s climate change agenda, protecting the environment and preserving biodiversity. Participants are also encouraged to support Europe’s zero-pollution ambition and to propose solutions that will enable us to build and renovate in an energy and resource efficient way.

If you have an idea about how to use space to serve the planet, and in particular – to protect and restore the oceans, why not let us know about it! The deadline for submissions in this year’s Galileo Masters competition is July 19, so you still have time to develop your ideas. Click here for more information. 

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EU Space is powering solutions to protect and restore the oceans.

CASSINI hackathon leverages space to digitise green spaces

7.6.2021 12:31  
The first CASSINI Hackathon will take place on 18-20 June 2021
Published: 
07 June 2021

The CASSINI Space Entrepreneurship Initiative is a European Commission entrepreneurial support mechanism that cuts across all components of EU Space Programme. It offers actions targeted at the full entrepreneurial lifecycle - from idea generation to market entry and growth – and covers both the upstream and downstream sectors. As part of the initiative, the first CASSINI Hackathon, on 18-20 June 2021, will challenge participants to leverage space synergies to digitise Europe’s green spaces. To register, click here.

European space technologies have many capabilities that allow us to access, understand and protect nature. From monitoring vegetation changes and developing ‘green’ indicators and optimal access routes to forecasting air pollutants, UV indexes and park congestion, the possibilities are truly limitless. 

The upcoming hackathon is the first in a series of six CASSINI hackathons initiated by the European Union and its space programme to tackle global challenges using European space technologies. The first hackathon in the series will task participants with leveraging geospatial information from Copernicus Earth observation data and its services, together with positioning technologies from Galileo and EGNOS, to digitise Europe’s green spaces.

Read this: Space synergies serving the environment

Each of the six hackathons will take place in ten different locations simultaneously. Winners will be awarded at both local and EU level, with the three overall winners gaining access to a six-month mentoring programme that includes 100 hours of expert advisory. The coaching programme will support the winning teams in building sustainable and successful businesses.

What’s in store?

Participants from across Europe will choose from ten different locations hosted by an affiliated organisation in Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Switzerland. Each location features its own unique set of experts, prizes, and technology and application focuses. Once they select a location, it’s time for registration, team formation and ideation! Teams should choose one of three challenges under the theme of digitising green spaces:

  1. Discover your city: design products, devices, services or environments that enable urban citizens to understand better their city and its green spaces. Concepts should support urban planning and real estate development and valuations, index green factors contributing to residential life, and promote ecological sustainability.
  2. Staying fit and healthy: develop products, devices or services that enable city dwellers to stay active and keep their minds and bodies healthy. Concepts should map green spaces for outdoor activity, forecast air pollutants such as pollen, nitrogen oxide, or particulate matter, and understand and monitor UV exposure.
  3. Protecting our rural areas: create products, devices, services or environments that promote the digitalisation of rural green spaces. Concepts should promote wildlife and ecosystem conservation, ensure healthy and resilient forests, and support the development of new green spaces and underdeveloped areas.

Register now

Determined innovators with a passion for developing sustainable solutions can register here today. Not a rocket scientist? No problem! This is every innovator’s chance to engage in the sector, even if it’s for the first time. The application process is easy: first, register, second choose a challenge, and finally log- in on 18-20 June to work on your project and leverage EU Space technologies to digitise our green spaces. Technical and business experts from EUSPA will be available all weekend to support and guide the teams in all 10 locations. On 20 June, Dafni Dimoudi, EUSPA’s Market Development Innovation Officer, will also present how EU Space technology can be applied to digitise our green spaces. 

And this: Time to roll up your sleeves: Galileo Masters 2021 now open!

Participating teams are not the only ones who can take advantage of the CASSINI Hackathons & Mentoring. Both organisers and mentors are needed! Interested individuals, organisations, companies and institutions are invited to apply to support the next generation of space-based entrepreneurs. Click on the links for information on how to get involved for mentors and organisers.

Become part of this exciting European initiative to promote EU Space technology and its many applications. Hack with a purpose and leverage EU Space data, services and signals to access, understand and protect our natural spaces. For more information, visit hackathons.cassini.eu.

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The first CASSINI Hackathon will take place on 18-20 June 2021

Going green? Look to EU Space!

3.6.2021 14:26  
Individually and in synergy, the EU Space Programme components are making Europe greener.
Published: 
03 June 2021

From the air we breathe to the water we drink and the land we grow our food on, our ecological footprint and means to minimise it are more in the focus than ever. Innovative technological solutions, including space-based applications, can help to prevent pollution and reduce its negative impacts: from agriculture to transport. To mark the European Green Week 2021, which runs from 31 May to 4 June, we look at some of the contributions that space is making to a greener future.

This year, the European Green Week is dedicated to the ‘zero pollution ambition’ and looks at relevant European Green Deal initiatives, such as the climate initiatives, the upcoming Chemicals Strategy and #FitFor55 as well as initiatives in the fields of energy, industry, mobility, agriculture, fisheries, health and biodiversity. In all of these areas, EU Space is making a positive contribution.

Synergies are key

While both Copernicus and EGNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) are making a major contribution to reducing pollution individually, it is by tapping into synergies between these components of the EU Space Programme that we can make the most significant impact on the green transition. 

Read this: Space synergies serving the environment

In agriculture, for example, farmers can combine information on crop health and soil moisture provided by Copernicus with positioning services from Galileo and EGNOS in precision agriculture applications to use water, fertilizers and other resources where they are needed most. It is estimated that until 2025, the combination of EGNSS and Earth Observation services can help save 1.5 million tonnes of fertiliser (up to 20% in savings for users) and 4,500 tonnes of pesticides (up to 25% in savings for users) in Europe. 

An example of where EO and EGNSS are delivering environmental benefits is the FaST digital service platform, promoting the generation and re-use of solutions for sustainable and competitive agriculture. Meanwhile, the EGNSS4CAP app digitises the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reporting procedures. For example, automatic monitoring procedures employ services from both, Copernicus and Galileo and thus reduce the number of On the Spot Checks (OTSC). 

Space and the Green Deal

The EU is tackling the environmental challenges that Europe faces with the implementation of the Green Deal, a guiding document that paves the way towards a sustainable European economy. The EU Green Deal sets concrete targets not only to protect the environment but also to build a greener economy that manages the Earth’s resources in a sustainable way. Space is a key element of this initiative, providing services that help Europe reduce and adapt to climate change and mitigate its effects.

Watch this: EUSPA Space for our Planet Challenge 

Real-time and forecast information provided by Copernicus and precise positioning and navigation powered by Galileo and EGNOS, make it possible to predict and optimize traffic, enable efficient placement and maintenance of renewable energy infrastructure, support smart electricity grids, improve urban planning, and support the sharing economy. In sectors like transportation, until 2025, the EU Space Programme will help to save 15 million tonnes of CO₂ emissions (equal to 3 Kg of CO₂ per year saved by every EU citizen) and 3.5 billion litres of fuel (equal to 4.5 years’ worth of total EU demand for refined petroleum) in Europe.

The EU Space Programme directly supports over 20 Green Deal actions and has already helped to drastically bring down CO2 emissions and greatly reduce the EU’s carbon footprint. By supporting solutions and applications in the sectors mentioned above, along with countless other services and applications, space will play an increasingly important role in helping the EU to achieve its sustainability goals, building a green and prosperous future for Europe.

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Individually and in synergy, the EU Space Programme components are making Europe greener.

EU Heads of Mission hear how Europe benefits from space during EUSPA visit

1.6.2021 10:16  
EU Ambassadors visited EUSPA on May 26
Published: 
01 June 2021

Over 20 European Union Ambassadors and Deputy Heads of Mission visited the headquarters of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) in Prague on May 26 to hear how the EU Space Programme is supporting European priority policies – from the Green deal to digital transition – and to learn about the Agency’s plans for the future.

Welcoming the distinguished guests, EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa said that the creation of the new European Union Agency for the Space Programme marked a new era for the EU in space. “Created by the recent publication of the Space Regulation, EUSPA is a user-driven operational agency for the implementation of the Space Programme. By working with the EU27 and with our institutional partners, EUSPA ensures that industry, SMEs, entrepreneurs and citizens know that EU Space is there to server their needs, enabling innovation, competitiveness and sustainability,” he said.

Common European determination

Addressing the guests, Jan Sechter, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Czech Republic, noted the challenges ahead for the new Agency. “The upcoming period will be very demanding for the Agency, because it will have to manage the full transformation from GSA to EUSPA, which also means absorbing new tasks and responsibilities related to Earth observation, satellite telecommunication, space security, innovation and many others,” he said. Mr Sechter gave assurances that the Czech Republic, as the hosting state, stands ready to support the agency in the future.

Watch this: EUSPA welcomes EU Heads of Mission in the Czech Republic

That the EU Space Programme is a European cooperation success story was something that was noted by the guests. “The recently adopted European Space Programme legislation that expands the Agency’s tasks and responsibilities illustrates well a common European determination to work together on increasingly important global themes with such a strong strategic and security dimension,” said Dana Kovaříková, Head of the EC Representation in the Czech Republic.

During the visit, Bruno Vermeire, Chair of the EU Space Programme Security Accreditation Board, noted that “It is the ambition of the SAB to be the Security Accreditation Centre of Excellence for ALL the Space Components of the Union. Mitigating the cyberthreats and vulnerabilities and the security risks stemming from the supply chain has to a collective effort for all the stakeholders involved in the Union Space Programme. The close collaboration with the EU Member States is therefore essential.”.

Practical applications of space

The guests also received a presentation of some of the services and applications through which space is benefiting the lives of Europeans. EUSPA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani noted that, from navigation, mapping and geo-marketing, to sports, mHealth and social networking Galileo is enhancing our daily lives and making us safer.

Diani also noted that synergies between the space programme components, particularly EGNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) and Copernicus Earth observation, are enabling a more sustainable agriculture, supporting applications from environmental management and variable rate application to livestock tracking and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Read this: EU Space on a new trajectory with launch of EUSPA

Looking to the future, the Head of Market Development outlined some key objectives within EUSPA, which include positioning EGNSS as a leader thanks to its differentiators, increasing Copernicus uptake by ‘other users’ including industry, SMEs and start-ups, building the GOVSATCOM connectivity user base and supporting the EU downstream industry, with a focus on SMEs and start-ups. 

The visit was well received by the guests. “The high point of the Portuguese Presidency (PPEU) in Prague and integral part of our Green and Digital Transition objectives, the visit to EUSPA was a great moment. Thank you Rodrigo da Costa, EUSPA Executive Director, and Dana Kovariková, Head of EC Representation in the Czech Republic,” said H.E Luís de Almeida Sampaio, Ambassador of Portugal to the Czech Republic.

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EU Ambassadors visited EUSPA on May 26

Galileo Masters – the EUSPA SatCom Challenge

31.5.2021 13:02  
The deadline for submissions in this year’s Galileo Masters is July 19
Published: 
31 May 2021

In one of its challenges in this year’s Galileo Masters, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is tasking all you bright minds with devising with an application that leverages satellite communications along with GNSS positioning and/or Earth observation (EO) to deliver solutions that meet societal needs. The deadline for submissions is 19 July – so you still have time to fine-tune your ideas. Join the EUSPA for Future Generations Challenges Webinar on 1 June for more information.

Secure connectivity is a new rapidly developing area. What’s more, combining positioning information and/or Earth observation data with reliable satellite communication services offers significant potential for the development of new market-oriented applications. It is precisely this potential that EUSPA wants to tap into with the SatCom Challenge in this year’s Competition. 

Satellite communication can provide essential telecommunication services, broadcasting services and data communications to users anywhere on the Earth, even when terrestrial means are unavailable. In the SatCom Challenge, participants are tasked with using SatCom along with high quality EO data from Copernicus and/or highly accurate GNSS positioning data from Galileo and/or EGNOS to deliver innovative solutions in a range of domains.

Watch this: The Galileo Masters 2021

Target domains could include transport, for example drones, maritime, autonomous driving, fleet and traffic management and so on, or low data-rate applications and the Internet of Things. Other possible areas include, but are not limited to, critical infrastructure monitoring, maritime and border surveillance and crisis management.

Information webinar

The SatCom Challenge is just one of the challenges that will be covered at a EUSPA webinar to be hosted at 11:00-12:00 on 1 June. Across its four challenges in this year’s Competition, EUSPA is looking for services, applications and business cases that use EGNSS (Galileo and EGNOS), either alone or in synergy with other space components, including Copernicus, to tackle important challenges faced by business and society. 

Read this: Welcome to the Space Crossroads, where space and great ideas meet

Join the Galileo Masters ‘EUSPA for future generations’ webinar and find out more about the four EUSPA Challenges: Space for Being Safe & Healthy, Space for Fun, Space for our Planet and the SatCom Challenge. Participants will have the opportunity to get insights on the challenges, learn about possible areas of application and put their questions to the experts. For a direct link to the webinar, click here.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to have all your questions answered and find the inspiration and encouragement you need to get your Galileo Masters ideas ready to submit by the July 19 deadline. 

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The deadline for submissions in this year’s Galileo Masters is July 19

BroadGNSS to launch open market consultation

26.5.2021 11:29  
A June 2 webinar will present the BroadGNSS PCP challenge and process
Published: 
26 May 2021

BroadGNSS, a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) action funded by the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) under Horizon 2020, is inviting potentially interested bidders to participate in an open market consultation for its upcoming PCP to improve the services that public safety and disaster relief organisations offer to Europe's citizens. BroadGNSS will present the PCP challenge and process at an open market consultation webinar on 2 June 2021. Register here.

The BroadGNSS project started in December 2020 with the aim of procuring R&D services to develop deployable applications for synchronisation and monitoring of critical mobile broadband communication infrastructure and information assets for Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) based on EGNOS and Galileo. 

EGNSS-based solutions

In particular, the project is targeting solutions that will enable a European GNSS-based (Galileo and EGNOS) solution for time-synchronisation in public safety organisations’ mission-critical wireless broadband networks, in addition to secure and highly accurate location and navigation information for mission-critical wireless communications equipment. 

Read this: EUSPA launches High Accuracy Service call

Other solutions could address secure and highly accurate time synchronisation of mission-critical “Internet-of-Public-Safety-Things” and location and navigation information for drone fleet management by public safety organisations, or improve the quality of time synchronisation in their communications networks..

Market Consultation webinar

BroadGNSS is organising an Open Market Consultation (OMC) with potential tenderers and end-users to get feedback from the market about the project’s scope. The OMC will canvass wide stakeholder opinion on the suitability of the BroadGNSS PCP and provide an insight into the market, the state of the art and future developments, enabling the project to prepare an adequate procurement with the right scope.

And this: EU Space on a new trajectory with launch of EUSPA

The BroadGNSS PCP challenge and process will be presented at an open market consultation webinar on 2 June 2021. You can register to attend here. In addition, EU companies will be invited to fill in an online questionnaire on the BroadGNSS PCP Challenge. The questionnaire will be published on the BroadGNSS website from 2 June 2021 until the end of June 2021. Finally, on 3 November 2021, a Partnering Event will be held to assist companies search for a consortium – stay tuned for more details.

For more information, see the Prior Information Notice here, and a Corrigendum here.

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A June 2 webinar will present the BroadGNSS PCP challenge and process

European Commissioner Breton makes first official visit at EUSPA headquarters and highlights the role of the Agency in the delivery of the EU Space Programme

25.5.2021 15:11  
Commissioner Breton and EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa at EUSPA headquarters in Prague
Published: 
25 May 2021

Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton visited the headquarters of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) in Prague on May 24, to speak about the future of the European Space Programme and the role of the newly formed Agency in delivering it.

Commissioner Breton was welcomed by the Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa to the EUSPA headquarters where he delivered a speech before EUSPA staff, the Administrative Board members and Security Accreditation Board members emphasizing on the evolution of the EU Space Programme and the crucial role the Agency is set to play.

The Commissioner noted that a visit to the EUSPA headquarters in Prague had been high on his agenda since he took up office but, unfortunately, this had not been possible due to Coronavirus travel restrictions. However, he said that the present moment was an excellent time for his visit, as the Agency had just entered a new era, by becoming the EU Agency for the Space Programme.

A new era for the EU in space

Read this: EU Space on a new trajectory with launch of EUSPA

“This is the moment we have all been waiting for. Finally, the Space Programme Regulation has entered into force, and we have now the framework that we need for our great ambitions in space. I know that the Agency has been ready in the starting blocks for quite a while to kick off with its new profile and extended tasks. This shows the professionalism with which you have prepared for this new time,” the Commissioner said.

Breton noted that the new Agency would be able to build on the excellent work it had carried out in the past as the GSA. “In the past, you have done a great job on Galileo and EGNOS, with your activities on market development, security and operations. The fact that the Agency is now tasked to extend such activities to other components of the Space Programme, like Copernicus, GOVSATCOM, SST etc. shows the appreciation of the Agency’s work until now,” he said.

A balanced deal

The Commissioner also spoke about governance of the programme. “We have had constructive negotiations on the Framework Financial Partnership Agreement (FFPA). This was very important, because when several players – the Commission, EUSPA, ESA – work together in a programme, it is crucial to define well the division of tasks and how the collaboration is organised,” he said.

Watch this: From GSA to #EUSPA: the evolution

In turn, the EUSPA Executive Director highlighted that EUSPA was ready to achieve Space Programme priorities and to deliver on the promise of space for the European Union. “Exploitation and 24/7 operations; security, downstream; innovation: these are key areas for the EU Space Programme today, and for its evolution. Moreover, these are our EUSPA key competencies. In a nutshell, we are ready to play a central role in achieving the ambitions of the Union for Space,” he said.

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Commissioner Breton and EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa at EUSPA headquarters in Prague

EUSPA launches High Accuracy Service call

18.5.2021 16:34  
This Call is an essential step towards the development of the HAS operational service.
Published: 
18 May 2021

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is launching a call for expression of interest to invite external stakeholders to participate in a testing campaign of the Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS) Signal in Space (SiS) broadcasting. The deadline for submissions is 11 June 2021.

The call targets in particular the participation of receiver manufacturers developing Galileo E6-B/C receivers that will implement Precise Point Positioning (PPP) corrections based on the Galileo HAS in their devices. The campaign is an essential step towards the development of the HAS operational service phase.

Goal of the campaign

By providing access to the HAS SiS Interface Control Document (ICD) to interested parties, through this call EUSPA aims to enable the participation of relevant stakeholders to the incoming HAS SiS testing. Through this participation EUSPA will collect relevant feedback on the HAS SiS ICD structure and implementation at Receiver level. It is also interested in the participants’ results received during the HAS SiS testing and any relevant implementation aspects, and on receiving their inputs and suggestions concerning the HAS service-related aspects and specifications.

Read this: EU Space on a new trajectory with launch of EUSPA

Access to the HAS SiS ICD will only be granted subject to the signature of a Non-Disclosure Undertaking by the interested parties complying with the conditions indicated in the call. The HAS SiS ICD will be published during 2021, after the conclusion of this testing campaign.

The tests carried out by the participants may cover tracking and processing of GPS and Galileo signals relevant for HAS, as well as decoding and processing of the HAS broadcast corrections, in addition to user positioning performance evaluation.

HAS SiS ICD Call at a Glance

  • Launch of call – 18 May 2021
  • Deadline for request of clarifications from EUSPA – 28 May 2021 
  • Last date on which clarifications are issued by EUSPA - 4 June 2021
  • Deadline for submission of expression of interests - 11 June 2021
  • End of evaluation process - end of June
  • Signature of NDU - end of June

For more information on the call and its terms and conditions, click here.

Galileo High Accuracy Service

The Galileo HAS will be an open access and free of charge service based on the provision of precise corrections (orbit, clock, biases, atmospheric) transmitted in the Galileo E6 signal (E6-B, data component) from a subset of the Galileo satellites, allowing the user to achieve improved positioning performance.

The precise corrections provided by the Galileo High Accuracy Service will allow users of the service to reduce the error associated with the orbit and clocks provided through the Galileo Open Service broadcast navigation messages and the GPS Standard Positioning Service navigation data. These corrections, together with the biases provided by the service, will enable users to perform decimetre-level precise positioning accuracy. Future evolutions of the service will include regional atmospheric corrections to improve convergence times.

For more information on the Galileo HAS, click here.

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This Call is an essential step towards the development of the HAS operational service.

EUSPA launches High Accuracy Service call

18.5.2021 16:34  
This Call is an essential step towards the development of the HAS operational service.
Published: 
18 May 2021

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is launching a call for expression of interest to invite external stakeholders to participate in a testing campaign of the Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS) Signal in Space (SiS) broadcasting. The deadline for submissions is 11 June 2021.

The call targets in particular the participation of receiver manufacturers developing Galileo E6-B/C receivers that will implement Precise Point Positioning (PPP) corrections based on the Galileo HAS in their devices. The campaign is an essential step towards the development of the HAS operational service phase.

Goal of the campaign

By providing access to the HAS SiS Interface Control Document (ICD) to interested parties, through this call EUSPA aims to enable the participation of relevant stakeholders to the incoming HAS SiS testing. Through this participation EUSPA will collect relevant feedback on the HAS SiS ICD structure and implementation at Receiver level. It is also interested in the participants’ results received during the HAS SiS testing and any relevant implementation aspects, and on receiving their inputs and suggestions concerning the HAS service-related aspects and specifications.

Read this: EU Space on a new trajectory with launch of EUSPA

Access to the HAS SiS ICD will only be granted subject to the signature of a Non-Disclosure Undertaking by the interested parties complying with the conditions indicated in the call. The HAS SiS ICD will be published during 2021, after the conclusion of this testing campaign.

The tests carried out by the participants may cover tracking and processing of GPS and Galileo signals relevant for HAS, as well as decoding and processing of the HAS broadcast corrections, in addition to user positioning performance evaluation.

HAS SiS ICD Call at a Glance

  • Launch of call – 18 May 2021
  • Deadline for request of clarifications from EUSPA – 28 May 2021 
  • Last date on which clarifications are issued by EUSPA - 4 June 2021
  • Deadline for submission of expression of interests - 11 June 2021
  • End of evaluation process - end of June
  • Signature of NDU - end of June

For more information on the call and its terms and conditions, click here.

Galileo High Accuracy Service

The Galileo HAS will be an open access and free of charge service based on the provision of precise corrections (orbit, clock, biases, atmospheric) transmitted in the Galileo E6 signal (E6-B, data component) from a subset of the Galileo satellites, allowing the user to achieve improved positioning performance.

The precise corrections provided by the Galileo High Accuracy Service will allow users of the service to reduce the error associated with the orbit and clocks provided through the Galileo Open Service broadcast navigation messages and the GPS Standard Positioning Service navigation data. These corrections, together with the biases provided by the service, will enable users to perform decimetre-level precise positioning accuracy. Future evolutions of the service will include regional atmospheric corrections to improve convergence times.

For more information on the Galileo HAS, click here.

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This Call is an essential step towards the development of the HAS operational service.

New H2020 mission evolution studies launched on Integrity service complementing EGNSS High Accuracy

17.5.2021 12:05  
What integrity concept to develop for demanding and innovative applications using EGNOS and Galileo?
Published: 
17 May 2021

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DG-DEFIS) has awarded two new H2020 mission evolution studies to assess how the future evolution of European GNSS (EGNSS) could be beneficial for innovative and demanding autonomous applications. The new service contract shall assess the feasibility of an integrity service complementing EGNSS High Accuracy in the 2030+ timeframe on top of the current baseline of EGNSS services to feed the evolving needs in autonomous transport.

The advent of autonomous transport has the potential to reduce human-based errors, to improve the efficiency of some operations, and to be the enabler of new uses and new applications. However, this will require their operations to be at least as safe as the existing ones.

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DG-DEFIS) has awarded two new H2020 mission evolution studies, ICHASE and ITHACA:

  • ICHASE project is led by Thales Alenia Space with the support of FDC, Université Gustave Eiffel, GEA Space, know.space;
  • ITHACA project is led by GMV with the support of TNO, VVA and GMV-NSL. 

The activities to be carried out shall analyse the feasibility of an integrity service complementing European GNSS (EGNSS) High Accuracy in the 2030+ timeframe to feed the evolving needs in demanding new applications without disrupting the current business models of established service providers. A panel of experts will be consulted to validate the integrity concepts and the main outcomes of the project. The studies will assess the respective merits of various directions for the Galileo and EGNOS services to evolve and to build the steps needed before the operational introduction of such new services. 

Read more: New call for proposal to accelerate EGNOS adoption in transport

New emerging applications will require more demanding positioning solutions to be able to offer innovative services in the future. What could be the role of EGNOS and Galileo in the 2030+ timeframe for demanding and innovative applications?

The European Commission is currently specifying the long-term evolution of the EGNSS programme, including new services based on Galileo and EGNOS. The use of an integrity service complementing EGNSS High Accuracy in the 2030+ could result in the provision of an accurate and reliable positioning solution, which would translate into the overall improvement of future innovative and demanding services in autonomous transport. 

Galileo is the European Union’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) providing an accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. Galileo is operational since the Initial Service declaration at the end of 2016. As part of the main services provided by Galileo, the Galileo High-Accuracy Service (HAS) shall provide in the near future a high-accuracy positioning and synchronisation information.

EGNOS is the European SBAS and augments GPS L1 C/A civilian signal by providing corrections and integrity information for positioning and navigation applications over Europe. EGNOS version 3, will in the near future augment both GPS and Galileo constellations in the L1 and L5 bands and will extend the service area to the entire landmasses of EU Member States. New EGNOS services could be implemented in further releases of EGNOS as an option for the integrity service complementing EGNSS High Accuracy.

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What integrity concept to develop for demanding and innovative applications using EGNOS and Galileo?

New H2020 mission evolution studies launched on Integrity service complementing EGNSS High Accuracy

17.5.2021 12:05  
What integrity concept to develop for demanding and innovative applications using EGNOS and Galileo?
Published: 
17 May 2021

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DG-DEFIS) has awarded two new H2020 mission evolution studies to assess how the future evolution of European GNSS (EGNSS) could be beneficial for innovative and demanding autonomous applications. The new service contract shall assess the feasibility of an integrity service complementing EGNSS High Accuracy in the 2030+ timeframe on top of the current baseline of EGNSS services to feed the evolving needs in autonomous transport.

The advent of autonomous transport has the potential to reduce human-based errors, to improve the efficiency of some operations, and to be the enabler of new uses and new applications. However, this will require their operations to be at least as safe as the existing ones.

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DG-DEFIS) has awarded two new H2020 mission evolution studies, ICHASE and ITHACA:

  • ICHASE project is led by Thales Alenia Space with the support of FDC, Université Gustave Eiffel, GEA Space, know.space;
  • ITHACA project is led by GMV with the support of TNO, VVA and GMV-NSL. 

The activities to be carried out shall analyse the feasibility of an integrity service complementing European GNSS (EGNSS) High Accuracy in the 2030+ timeframe to feed the evolving needs in demanding new applications without disrupting the current business models of established service providers. A panel of experts will be consulted to validate the integrity concepts and the main outcomes of the project. The studies will assess the respective merits of various directions for the Galileo and EGNOS services to evolve and to build the steps needed before the operational introduction of such new services. 

Read more: New call for proposal to accelerate EGNOS adoption in transport

New emerging applications will require more demanding positioning solutions to be able to offer innovative services in the future. What could be the role of EGNOS and Galileo in the 2030+ timeframe for demanding and innovative applications?

The European Commission is currently specifying the long-term evolution of the EGNSS programme, including new services based on Galileo and EGNOS. The use of an integrity service complementing EGNSS High Accuracy in the 2030+ could result in the provision of an accurate and reliable positioning solution, which would translate into the overall improvement of future innovative and demanding services in autonomous transport. 

Galileo is the European Union’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) providing an accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. Galileo is operational since the Initial Service declaration at the end of 2016. As part of the main services provided by Galileo, the Galileo High-Accuracy Service (HAS) shall provide in the near future a high-accuracy positioning and synchronisation information.

EGNOS is the European SBAS and augments GPS L1 C/A civilian signal by providing corrections and integrity information for positioning and navigation applications over Europe. EGNOS version 3, will in the near future augment both GPS and Galileo constellations in the L1 and L5 bands and will extend the service area to the entire landmasses of EU Member States. New EGNOS services could be implemented in further releases of EGNOS as an option for the integrity service complementing EGNSS High Accuracy.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

What integrity concept to develop for demanding and innovative applications using EGNOS and Galileo?

New H2020 mission evolution studies launched on Integrity service complementing EGNSS High Accuracy

17.5.2021 12:05  
What integrity concept to develop for demanding and innovative applications using EGNOS and Galileo?
Published: 
17 May 2021

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DG-DEFIS) has awarded two new H2020 mission evolution studies to assess how the future evolution of European GNSS (EGNSS) could be beneficial for innovative and demanding autonomous applications. The new service contract shall assess the feasibility of an integrity service complementing EGNSS High Accuracy in the 2030+ timeframe on top of the current baseline of EGNSS services to feed the evolving needs in autonomous transport.

The advent of autonomous transport has the potential to reduce human-based errors, to improve the efficiency of some operations, and to be the enabler of new uses and new applications. However, this will require their operations to be at least as safe as the existing ones.

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DG-DEFIS) has awarded two new H2020 mission evolution studies, ICHASE and ITHACA:

  • ICHASE project is led by Thales Alenia Space with the support of FDC, Université Gustave Eiffel, GEA Space, know.space;
  • ITHACA project is led by GMV with the support of TNO, VVA and GMV-NSL. 

The activities to be carried out shall analyse the feasibility of an integrity service complementing European GNSS (EGNSS) High Accuracy in the 2030+ timeframe to feed the evolving needs in demanding new applications without disrupting the current business models of established service providers. A panel of experts will be consulted to validate the integrity concepts and the main outcomes of the project. The studies will assess the respective merits of various directions for the Galileo and EGNOS services to evolve and to build the steps needed before the operational introduction of such new services. 

Read more: New call for proposal to accelerate EGNOS adoption in transport

New emerging applications will require more demanding positioning solutions to be able to offer innovative services in the future. What could be the role of EGNOS and Galileo in the 2030+ timeframe for demanding and innovative applications?

The European Commission is currently specifying the long-term evolution of the EGNSS programme, including new services based on Galileo and EGNOS. The use of an integrity service complementing EGNSS High Accuracy in the 2030+ could result in the provision of an accurate and reliable positioning solution, which would translate into the overall improvement of future innovative and demanding services in autonomous transport. 

Galileo is the European Union’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) providing an accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. Galileo is operational since the Initial Service declaration at the end of 2016. As part of the main services provided by Galileo, the Galileo High-Accuracy Service (HAS) shall provide in the near future a high-accuracy positioning and synchronisation information.

EGNOS is the European SBAS and augments GPS L1 C/A civilian signal by providing corrections and integrity information for positioning and navigation applications over Europe. EGNOS version 3, will in the near future augment both GPS and Galileo constellations in the L1 and L5 bands and will extend the service area to the entire landmasses of EU Member States. New EGNOS services could be implemented in further releases of EGNOS as an option for the integrity service complementing EGNSS High Accuracy.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

What integrity concept to develop for demanding and innovative applications using EGNOS and Galileo?

EU Space on a new trajectory with launch of EUSPA

11.5.2021 20:23  
Published: 
12 May 2021

The creation of EUSPA will create opportunities for a stronger EU role in space

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme, EUSPA, is launched today marking the start of a new era for EU Space. Building on the legacy of the European GNSS Agency, EUSPA will take on more responsibilities to create even more opportunities from Space for EU citizens and its economy.

The adoption of the Regulation establishing the new EU Space Programme on April 27 marks a new beginning for the EU Space Programme and for the European GNSS Agency (GSA), which has now officially evolved into EUSPA, with an expanded mandate and new responsibilities.

What has changed?

Under the new Space Regulation, EUSPA’s mandate will now include increased responsibilities in managing the exploitation of Galileo and EGNOS, including their service provision and operational security. Furthermore, the Agency’s new remit includes coordinating the user-related aspects of GOVSATCOM in close collaboration with the Member States and other involved entities. 

EUSPA is also responsible for the development of downstream markets and fostering of innovation based on Galileo, EGNOS, and now also for the commercial users of Copernicus, leveraging funding mechanisms such as Fundamental Elements and Horizon Europe. The Agency is also responsible for the security accreditation of all the components of the EU Space Programme. The European Commission may also decide to entrust the Agency with other tasks in the future.

“More and more, our economies, our society and our safety depend on Space. Europe has incredible opportunities ahead that cannot be missed. By creating EUSPA, the European Union will further increase the return on investment made by the EU citizen in the EU Space Programme by strengthening its contribution to the priorities of the Union. We will achieve this primarily by leveraging synergies between the various Programme components, particularly navigation, Earth observation and secure communications, to drive innovation across a broad range of sectors,” said EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa.

In particular, bringing management of downstream and combined applications based on Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus under the umbrella of one agency will make it possible increasingly to leverage synergies its synergies. On their own, these technologies can play a key role supporting a digital and green transformation, but leveraging their synergetic and combined use will facilitate the generation of innovative solutions that bring a higher societal impact.

Focus on security

The teams of committed professionals we have in place at our sites in Europe, from the EGNOS centre in Toulouse to the European GNSS Service Centre in Spain and the Galileo Reference Centre in the Netherlands, will continue to ensure the high quality, robustness and reliability of EUSPA’s service provision. This will be backed up Galileo Security Monitoring Centres in France and in Spain, and the industrial teams managed by EUSPA in the Galileo Control Centres in Germany and Italy, along with facilities around the world. In addition, the Security Accreditation Board will continue its work to initiate and monitor the implementation of security requirements to ensure a robust and uniform level of security for the entire EU Space Programme.

“The new Agency has a core role in the security accreditation of all the components of the EU Space Programme. Ensuring an acceptable risk appetite for the different components is critical for the security, safety and autonomy of the Union and its Member States. The Member States, gathering in their capacity as Security Accreditation Authority of the EU Space Programme collectively exercise this responsibility to meet the security requirements for all the space components,” declared Bruno Vermeire, Security Accreditation Board Chair of EUSPA.

Looking to the future

Watch this: We are #EUSPA, EU Agency for the Space Programme

While EUSPA’s mission has expanded, its core aim remains the same – to link EU investment in space to the needs of users in the European Union and around the world. The Agency remains committed to its traditional users and will continue to deliver the high level of GNSS services that users have come to rely on. In addition, the new user communities for Copernicus and GOVSATCOM will be able to benefit from the Agency’s user-oriented focus and the experience it has gained in developing markets for Galileo and EGNOS.

The creation of EUSPA also opens up the possibility for a renewed cooperation with its partners at the European Commission and in the European Space Agency. This will ensure that the EU Space Programme is fully aligned with EU priorities and supports the achievement of key EU policy goals – from the European Green Deal to the digitalisation of the European economy and the promotion of a stronger Europe in the world.

With the key contribution of EUSPA, the new EU Space Programme provides for a streamlined approach towards the development and utilisation of EU space assets. This will guarantee continuity of service and security of infrastructure and systems while ensuring the means to develop the EU´s role in space.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

EU Space on a new trajectory with launch of EUSPA

11.5.2021 20:23  
The creation of EUSPA will create opportunities for a stronger EU role in space
Published: 
12 May 2021

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme, EUSPA, is launched today marking the start of a new era for EU Space. Building on the legacy of the European GNSS Agency, EUSPA will take on more responsibilities to create even more opportunities from Space for EU citizens and its economy.

The adoption of the Regulation establishing the new EU Space Programme on April 27 marks a new beginning for the EU Space Programme and for the European GNSS Agency (GSA), which has now officially evolved into EUSPA, with an expanded mandate and new responsibilities.

What has changed?

Under the new Space Regulation, EUSPA’s mandate will now include increased responsibilities in managing the exploitation of Galileo and EGNOS, including their service provision and operational security. Furthermore, the Agency’s new remit includes coordinating the user-related aspects of GOVSATCOM in close collaboration with the Member States and other involved entities. 

EUSPA is also responsible for the development of downstream markets and fostering of innovation based on Galileo, EGNOS, and now also for the commercial users of Copernicus, leveraging funding mechanisms such as Fundamental Elements and Horizon Europe. The Agency is also responsible for the security accreditation of all the components of the EU Space Programme. The European Commission may also decide to entrust the Agency with other tasks in the future.

“More and more, our economies, our society and our safety depend on Space. Europe has incredible opportunities ahead that cannot be missed. By creating EUSPA, the European Union will further increase the return on investment made by the EU citizen in the EU Space Programme by strengthening its contribution to the priorities of the Union. We will achieve this primarily by leveraging synergies between the various Programme components, particularly navigation, Earth observation and secure communications, to drive innovation across a broad range of sectors,” said EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa.

In particular, bringing management of downstream and combined applications based on Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus under the umbrella of one agency will make it possible increasingly to leverage synergies its synergies. On their own, these technologies can play a key role supporting a digital and green transformation, but leveraging their synergetic and combined use will facilitate the generation of innovative solutions that bring a higher societal impact.

Focus on security

The teams of committed professionals we have in place at our sites in Europe, from the EGNOS centre in Toulouse to the European GNSS Service Centre in Spain and the Galileo Reference Centre in the Netherlands, will continue to ensure the high quality, robustness and reliability of EUSPA’s service provision. This will be backed up Galileo Security Monitoring Centres in France and in Spain, and the industrial teams managed by EUSPA in the Galileo Control Centres in Germany and Italy, along with facilities around the world. In addition, the Security Accreditation Board will continue its work to initiate and monitor the implementation of security requirements to ensure a robust and uniform level of security for the entire EU Space Programme.

“The new Agency has a core role in the security accreditation of all the components of the EU Space Programme. Ensuring an acceptable risk appetite for the different components is critical for the security, safety and autonomy of the Union and its Member States. The Member States, gathering in their capacity as Security Accreditation Authority of the EU Space Programme collectively exercise this responsibility to meet the security requirements for all the space components,” declared Bruno Vermeire, Security Accreditation Board Chair of EUSPA.

Looking to the future

 

 

While EUSPA’s mission has expanded, its core aim remains the same – to link EU investment in space to the needs of users in the European Union and around the world. The Agency remains committed to its traditional users and will continue to deliver the high level of GNSS services that users have come to rely on. In addition, the new user communities for Copernicus and GOVSATCOM will be able to benefit from the Agency’s user-oriented focus and the experience it has gained in developing markets for Galileo and EGNOS.

The creation of EUSPA also opens up the possibility for a renewed cooperation with its partners at the European Commission and in the European Space Agency. This will ensure that the EU Space Programme is fully aligned with EU priorities and supports the achievement of key EU policy goals – from the European Green Deal to the digitalisation of the European economy and the promotion of a stronger Europe in the world.

With the key contribution of EUSPA, the new EU Space Programme provides for a streamlined approach towards the development and utilisation of EU space assets. This will guarantee continuity of service and security of infrastructure and systems while ensuring the means to develop the EU´s role in space.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The creation of EUSPA will create opportunities for a stronger EU role in space

EU Space on a new trajectory with launch of EUSPA

11.5.2021 20:23  
The creation of EUSPA will create opportunities for a stronger EU role in space
Published: 
12 May 2021

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme, EUSPA, is launched today marking the start of a new era for EU Space. Building on the legacy of the European GNSS Agency, EUSPA will take on more responsibilities to create even more opportunities from Space for EU citizens and its economy.

The adoption of the Regulation establishing the new EU Space Programme on April 27 marks a new beginning for the EU Space Programme and for the European GNSS Agency (GSA), which has now officially evolved into EUSPA, with an expanded mandate and new responsibilities.

What has changed?

Under the new Space Regulation, EUSPA’s mandate will now include increased responsibilities in managing the exploitation of Galileo and EGNOS, including their service provision and operational security. Furthermore, the Agency’s new remit includes coordinating the user-related aspects of GOVSATCOM in close collaboration with the Member States and other involved entities. 

EUSPA is also responsible for the development of downstream markets and fostering of innovation based on Galileo, EGNOS, and now also for the commercial users of Copernicus, leveraging funding mechanisms such as Fundamental Elements and Horizon Europe. The Agency is also responsible for the security accreditation of all the components of the EU Space Programme. The European Commission may also decide to entrust the Agency with other tasks in the future.

“More and more, our economies, our society and our safety depend on Space. Europe has incredible opportunities ahead that cannot be missed. By creating EUSPA, the European Union will further increase the return on investment made by the EU citizen in the EU Space Programme by strengthening its contribution to the priorities of the Union. We will achieve this primarily by leveraging synergies between the various Programme components, particularly navigation, Earth observation and secure communications, to drive innovation across a broad range of sectors,” said EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa.

In particular, bringing management of downstream and combined applications based on Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus under the umbrella of one agency will make it possible increasingly to leverage synergies its synergies. On their own, these technologies can play a key role supporting a digital and green transformation, but leveraging their synergetic and combined use will facilitate the generation of innovative solutions that bring a higher societal impact.

Focus on security

The teams of committed professionals we have in place at our sites in Europe, from the EGNOS centre in Toulouse to the European GNSS Service Centre in Spain and the Galileo Reference Centre in the Netherlands, will continue to ensure the high quality, robustness and reliability of EUSPA’s service provision. This will be backed up Galileo Security Monitoring Centres in France and in Spain, and the industrial teams managed by EUSPA in the Galileo Control Centres in Germany and Italy, along with facilities around the world. In addition, the Security Accreditation Board will continue its work to initiate and monitor the implementation of security requirements to ensure a robust and uniform level of security for the entire EU Space Programme.

“The new Agency has a core role in the security accreditation of all the components of the EU Space Programme. Ensuring an acceptable risk appetite for the different components is critical for the security, safety and autonomy of the Union and its Member States. The Member States, gathering in their capacity as Security Accreditation Authority of the EU Space Programme collectively exercise this responsibility to meet the security requirements for all the space components,” declared Bruno Vermeire, Security Accreditation Board Chair of EUSPA.

Looking to the future

 

 

While EUSPA’s mission has expanded, its core aim remains the same – to link EU investment in space to the needs of users in the European Union and around the world. The Agency remains committed to its traditional users and will continue to deliver the high level of GNSS services that users have come to rely on. In addition, the new user communities for Copernicus and GOVSATCOM will be able to benefit from the Agency’s user-oriented focus and the experience it has gained in developing markets for Galileo and EGNOS.

The creation of EUSPA also opens up the possibility for a renewed cooperation with its partners at the European Commission and in the European Space Agency. This will ensure that the EU Space Programme is fully aligned with EU priorities and supports the achievement of key EU policy goals – from the European Green Deal to the digitalisation of the European economy and the promotion of a stronger Europe in the world.

With the key contribution of EUSPA, the new EU Space Programme provides for a streamlined approach towards the development and utilisation of EU space assets. This will guarantee continuity of service and security of infrastructure and systems while ensuring the means to develop the EU´s role in space.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The creation of EUSPA will create opportunities for a stronger EU role in space

EU Space on a new trajectory with launch of EUSPA

11.5.2021 20:23  
The creation of EUSPA will create opportunities for a stronger EU role in space
Published: 
12 May 2021

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme, EUSPA, is launched today marking the start of a new era for EU Space. Building on the legacy of the European GNSS Agency, EUSPA will take on more responsibilities to create even more opportunities from Space for EU citizens and its economy.

The adoption of the Regulation establishing the new EU Space Programme on April 27 marks a new beginning for the EU Space Programme and for the European GNSS Agency (GSA), which has now officially evolved into EUSPA, with an expanded mandate and new responsibilities.

What has changed?

Under the new Space Regulation, EUSPA’s mandate will now include increased responsibilities in managing the exploitation of Galileo and EGNOS, including their service provision and operational security. Furthermore, the Agency’s new remit includes coordinating the user-related aspects of GOVSATCOM in close collaboration with the Member States and other involved entities. 

EUSPA is also responsible for the development of downstream markets and fostering of innovation based on Galileo, EGNOS, and now also for the commercial users of Copernicus, leveraging funding mechanisms such as Fundamental Elements and Horizon Europe. The Agency is also responsible for the security accreditation of all the components of the EU Space Programme. The European Commission may also decide to entrust the Agency with other tasks in the future.

“More and more, our economies, our society and our safety depend on Space. Europe has incredible opportunities ahead that cannot be missed. By creating EUSPA, the European Union will further increase the return on investment made by the EU citizen in the EU Space Programme by strengthening its contribution to the priorities of the Union. We will achieve this primarily by leveraging synergies between the various Programme components, particularly navigation, Earth observation and secure communications, to drive innovation across a broad range of sectors,” said EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa.

In particular, bringing management of downstream and combined applications based on Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus under the umbrella of one agency will make it possible increasingly to leverage synergies. On their own, these technologies can play a key role supporting a digital and green transformation, but leveraging their synergetic and combined use will facilitate the generation of innovative solutions that bring a higher societal impact.

Focus on security

The teams of committed professionals we have in place at our sites in Europe, from the EGNOS centre in Toulouse to the European GNSS Service Centre in Spain and the Galileo Reference Centre in the Netherlands, will continue to ensure the high quality, robustness and reliability of EUSPA’s service provision. This will be backed up Galileo Security Monitoring Centres in France and in Spain, and the industrial teams managed by EUSPA in the Galileo Control Centres in Germany and Italy, along with facilities around the world. In addition, the Security Accreditation Board will continue its work to initiate and monitor the implementation of security requirements to ensure a robust and uniform level of security for the entire EU Space Programme.

“The new Agency has a core role in the security accreditation of all the components of the EU Space Programme. Ensuring an acceptable risk appetite for the different components is critical for the security, safety and autonomy of the Union and its Member States. The Member States, gathering in their capacity as Security Accreditation Authority of the EU Space Programme collectively exercise this responsibility to meet the security requirements for all the space components,” declared Bruno Vermeire, Security Accreditation Board Chair of EUSPA.

Looking to the future

 

 

While EUSPA’s mission has expanded, its core aim remains the same – to link EU investment in space to the needs of users in the European Union and around the world. The Agency remains committed to its traditional users and will continue to deliver the high level of GNSS services that users have come to rely on. In addition, the new user communities for Copernicus and GOVSATCOM will be able to benefit from the Agency’s user-oriented focus and the experience it has gained in developing markets for Galileo and EGNOS.

The creation of EUSPA also opens up the possibility for a renewed cooperation with its partners at the European Commission and in the European Space Agency. This will ensure that the EU Space Programme is fully aligned with EU priorities and supports the achievement of key EU policy goals – from the European Green Deal to the digitalisation of the European economy and the promotion of a stronger Europe in the world.

With the key contribution of EUSPA, the new EU Space Programme provides for a streamlined approach towards the development and utilisation of EU space assets. This will guarantee continuity of service and security of infrastructure and systems while ensuring the means to develop the EU´s role in space.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The creation of EUSPA will create opportunities for a stronger EU role in space

Discover the new EUSPA logo

11.5.2021 19:46  
Scroll-down to find out what the new logo looks like!
Published: 
10 May 2021

With the new Agency coming soon, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme will have a new logo thanks to the creativity of thousands of graphic designers. Find out how it looks like. 

In 2020, the European GNSS Agency (GSA), launched the EUSPA Logo Design Contest for the conception and development of the new European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) logo. The contest stimulated fresh thinking and innovation in order to develop a visually striking, aesthetically appealing logo that will capture the new agency’s quintessence.  

Today, with the EU Space Programme Regulation voted by the EU legislators, we are ready to disclose the EUSPA logo which will become the visual point of reference for the EU Space user community.

 

 

Everything has its place: the story behind the logo

The elements that make up the new EUSPA logo consist of symbols of the new agency’s enlarged scope but also a reminiscent of its legacy. 

Inspired by the shape of the Earth, the logo represents both, the agency’s connection with space and its mission to provide satellite-based services. More specifically, the blue and yellow circular shapes symbolize EUSPA’s values of integrity and professionalism, but also the unity of the European Union, and the cooperation with multiple actors for the delivery of EU Space synergies. 

The opening on the right side of the circle is ‘/embracing the EUSPA acronym to showcase how the agency will be interfacing with user communities and European partners alike. 

“Thousands of graphic designers answered to the competition and the choice has been really difficult to make. But we are extremely happy with the result and we are confident that EUSPA will be clearly noticeable thanks to this new logo.” noted one member of the jury. 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Scroll-down to find out what the new logo looks like!

Discover the new EUSPA logo

10.5.2021 11:43  
Blurry logo, to serve as an incentive for the reader to scroll down.
Published: 
10 May 2021

With the new Agency coming soon, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme will have a new logo thanks to the creativity of thousands of graphic designers. Find out how it looks like.

In 2020, the European GNSS Agency (GSA), launched the EUSPA Logo Design Contest for the conception and development of the new European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) logo. The contest stimulated fresh thinking and innovation in order to develop a visually striking, aesthetically appealing logo that will capture the new agency’s quintessence.

Today, with the EU Space Programme Regulation voted by the EU legislators, we are ready to disclose the EUSPA logo which will become the visual point of reference for the EU Space user community.

 

 

Everything has its place: the story behind the logo

The elements that make up the new EUSPA logo consist of symbols of the new agency’s enlarged scope but also a reminiscent of its legacy.

Inspired by the shape of the Earth, the logo represents both, the agency’s connection with space and its mission to provide satellite-based services. More specifically, the blue and yellow circular shapes symbolize EUSPA’s values of integrity and professionalism, but also the unity of the European Union, and the cooperation with multiple actors for the delivery of EU Space synergies.

The opening on the right side of the circle is embracing the EUSPA acronym to showcase how the agency will be interfacing with user communities and European partners alike.

"Thousands of graphic designers answered to the competition and the choice has been really difficult to make. But we are extremely happy with the result and we are confident that EUSPA will be clearly noticeable thanks to this new logo.” noted one member of the jury.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Scroll-down to find out what the new logo looks like!

EGNOS and Galileo on the ambitious Digital Rail agenda

5.5.2021 13:19  
EGNOS and Galileo are an integral part of the Digital Rail agenda
Published: 
05 May 2021

The European Year of Rail brings attention to a number of topics important for improving the role of rail within the EU transport ecosystem. The recently published Policy paper “Challenges for European rail – getting solutions on track” by Jacques Delors Institute, highlights the main challenges and opportunities for the railway system evolution in Europe, focusing on increasing the rail attractiveness and make it the transport of choice for the decades to come.

EGNOS and Galileo are an integral part of the Digital Rail agenda, both freight and passenger transport rely on the European satellite navigation system, improving service provision with more than 150 000 freight wagons in Europe equipped with GNSS-based localization to provide accurate information about the wagon position. Precise location is used for asset and fleet management purposes, becoming a crucial element for efficient supply chain operations, and service to customers with estimated time of goods arrival.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) continues to support projects and initiatives leading towards potential adoption of EGNOS and Galileo within European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), aiming to decrease the costs linked to the ERTMS deployment and its carbon footprint by reducing the dependency on physical trackside elements that need to be manufactured, installed and maintained for proper train localization. 

Read this: Now open: new call for proposal to accelerate EGNOS adoption in transport

A joint effort

The GSA is not alone in the effort to bring the benefits of satellite-based localization from space to the railway track. The European Space Agency (ESA) and Shift2Rail are supporting within a dedicated R&D programme the necessary evolution of the main technological building blocks or pilot projects. Meanwhile the EU Railway industry, managers and operators, supported by the sectorial associations - UNIFE, CER and EUG - contribute by launching pilot lines and participating to projects and expert groups with the aim to close the technological gaps towards safe use of GNSS within ERTMS.

Last year, the GSA and ESA supported the ERTMS Users Group´s Change Request 1368, aiming to introduce EGNOS as the first step towards future safe use of GNSS for train signaling within ERTMS. Nowadays, additional projects are focusing on the development of a dedicated EGNOS service for Rail in-line with the railway requirements for fail-safe train positioning. This year, the GSA will launch two additional research projects focused on the development of GNSS receiver prototypes that aim at simplifying the adoption also for the EU Rail system integrators interested to deploy GNSS within their product offering for railway signaling in Europe.

GNSS has the potential to enable a cheaper, more flexible and greener ERTMS, possibly offering also its faster deployment beyond the EU mainline corridors. Outside of Europe, GNSS is already used for fail-safe train localization (e.g. within the Positive Train Control (PTC) in the USA). The role and priorities of the sectorial associations, and especially the EU rail system integrators, will be a key factor for GNSS success within the ambitious Digital Rail agenda, allowing a faster progress towards closing technological gaps and agreeing on the final and best approach towards GNSS inclusion in ERTMS.  

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

EGNOS and Galileo are an integral part of the Digital Rail agenda

EGNOS and Galileo on the ambitious Digital Rail agenda

5.5.2021 13:19  
EGNOS and Galileo are an integral part of the Digital Rail agenda
Published: 
05 May 2021

The European Year of Rail brings attention to a number of topics important for improving the role of rail within the EU transport ecosystem. The recently published Policy paper “Challenges for European rail – getting solutions on track” by Jacques Delors Institute, highlights the main challenges and opportunities for the railway system evolution in Europe, focusing on increasing the rail attractiveness and make it the transport of choice for the decades to come.

EGNOS and Galileo are an integral part of the Digital Rail agenda, both freight and passenger transport rely on the European satellite navigation system, improving service provision with more than 150 000 freight wagons in Europe equipped with GNSS-based localization to provide accurate information about the wagon position. Precise location is used for asset and fleet management purposes, becoming a crucial element for efficient supply chain operations, and service to customers with estimated time of goods arrival.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) continues to support projects and initiatives leading towards potential adoption of EGNOS and Galileo within European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), aiming to decrease the costs linked to the ERTMS deployment and its carbon footprint by reducing the dependency on physical trackside elements that need to be manufactured, installed and maintained for proper train localization. 

Read this: Now open: new call for proposal to accelerate EGNOS adoption in transport

A joint effort

The GSA is not alone in the effort to bring the benefits of satellite-based localization from space to the railway track. The European Space Agency (ESA) and Shift2Rail are supporting within a dedicated R&D programme the necessary evolution of the main technological building blocks or pilot projects. Meanwhile the EU Railway industry, managers and operators, supported by the sectorial associations - UNIFE, CER and EUG - contribute by launching pilot lines and participating to projects and expert groups with the aim to close the technological gaps towards safe use of GNSS within ERTMS.

Last year, the GSA and ESA supported the ERTMS Users Group´s Change Request 1368, aiming to introduce EGNOS as the first step towards future safe use of GNSS for train signaling within ERTMS. Nowadays, additional projects are focusing on the development of a dedicated EGNOS service for Rail in-line with the railway requirements for fail-safe train positioning. This year, the GSA will launch two additional research projects focused on the development of GNSS receiver prototypes that aim at simplifying the adoption also for the EU Rail system integrators interested to deploy GNSS within their product offering for railway signaling in Europe.

GNSS has the potential to enable a cheaper, more flexible and greener ERTMS, possibly offering also its faster deployment beyond the EU mainline corridors. Outside of Europe, GNSS is already used for fail-safe train localization (e.g. within the Positive Train Control (PTC) in the USA). The role and priorities of the sectorial associations, and especially the EU rail system integrators, will be a key factor for GNSS success within the ambitious Digital Rail agenda, allowing a faster progress towards closing technological gaps and agreeing on the final and best approach towards GNSS inclusion in ERTMS.  

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

EGNOS and Galileo are an integral part of the Digital Rail agenda

EGNOS and Galileo on the ambitious Digital Rail agenda

5.5.2021 13:12  
EGNOS and Galileo are an integral part of the Digital Rail agenda
Published: 
05 May 2021

The European Year of Rail brings attention to a number of topics important for improving the role of rail within the EU transport ecosystem. The recently published Policy paper “Challenges for European rail – getting solutions on track” by Jacques Delors Institute, highlights the main challenges and opportunities for the railway system evolution in Europe, focusing on increasing the rail attractiveness and make it the transport of choice for the decades to come.

EGNOS and Galileo are an integral part of the Digital Rail agenda, both freight and passenger transport rely on the European satellite navigation system, improving service provision with more than 150 000 freight wagons in Europe equipped with GNSS-based localization to provide accurate information about the wagon position. Precise location is used for asset and fleet management purposes, becoming a crucial element for efficient supply chain operations, and service to customers with estimated time of goods arrival.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) continues to support projects and initiatives leading towards potential adoption of EGNOS and Galileo within European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), aiming to decrease the costs linked to the ERTMS deployment and its carbon footprint by reducing the dependency on physical trackside elements that need to be manufactured, installed and maintained for proper train localization. 

Read this: Now open: new call for proposal to accelerate EGNOS adoption in transport

A joint effort

The GSA is not alone in the effort to bring the benefits of satellite-based localization from space to the railway track. The European Space Agency (ESA) and Shift2Rail are supporting within a dedicated R&D programme the necessary evolution of the main technological building blocks or pilot projects. Meanwhile the EU Railway industry, managers and operators, supported by the sectorial associations - UNIFE, CER and EUG - contribute by launching pilot lines and participating to projects and expert groups with the aim to close the technological gaps towards safe use of GNSS within ERTMS.

Last year, the GSA and ESA supported the ERTMS Users Group´s Change Request 1368, aiming to introduce EGNOS as the first step towards future safe use of GNSS for train signaling within ERTMS. Nowadays, additional projects are focusing on the development of a dedicated EGNOS service for Rail in-line with the railway requirements for fail-safe train positioning. This year, the GSA will launch two additional research projects focused on the development of GNSS receiver prototypes that aim at simplifying the adoption also for the EU Rail system integrators interested to deploy GNSS within their product offering for railway signaling in Europe.

GNSS has the potential to enable a cheaper, more flexible and greener ERTMS, possibly offering also its faster deployment beyond the EU mainline corridors. Outside of Europe, GNSS is already used for fail-safe train localization (e.g. within the Positive Train Control (PTC) in the USA). The role and priorities of the sectorial associations, and especially the EU rail system integrators, will be a key factor for GNSS success within the ambitious Digital Rail agenda, allowing a faster progress towards closing technological gaps and agreeing on the final and best approach towards GNSS inclusion in ERTMS.  

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

EGNOS and Galileo are an integral part of the Digital Rail agenda

EGNOS and Galileo on the ambitious Digital Rail agenda

5.5.2021 13:12  

Copernicus

Copernicus is the European Union's Earth observation programme, looking at our planet and its environment to benefit all European citizens. The programme consists of a complex set of systems that collect data from multiple sources: Earth observation satellites and in-situ sensors such as ground stations, and airborne and sea-borne sensors. Users have full, free and open access to this data, which is also processed to provide a set of services based on reliable and near-real time information.

Copernicus services address six thematic areas: land, marine, atmosphere, climate change, emergency, and security. They support a wide range of applications, including environment protection, management of urban areas, regional and local planning, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, health, transport, climate change, sustainable development, civil protection, and tourism.

For more information, visit the Copernicus website.

GSA and EIB reinvigorate agreement on European space-based investment

29.4.2021 14:06  
GSA and EIB are cooperating to encourage investment in the space-based service economy.
Published: 
29 April 2021

At a recent interactive workshop, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) gave a new impetus to the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between the two organisations to set common operational principles for scaling up investments in downstream commercial applications related to Global Navigation Satellite Services (GNSS). Under their MoU, signed in 2019, the GSA and EIB are exploring the investment potential for the so-called New Space Economy, with a view to supporting a higher private sector involvement in  GNSS innovation-based pilots and projects, thereby contributing to high-skilled jobs and European value-added, while implementing the EU Space Programme.

Expanded EUSPA Mandate

GSA will soon be transformed into EUSPA, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme, with an expanded mandate and a number of key objectives. In addition to building the GovSatCom user base, the Agency will also focus on promoting Galileo and Copernicus as market leaders, increasing the competitiveness of European downstream space companies and broadening the involvement of private enterprises from all EU Member States in the EU space-based economy.

At the experts’ workshop with the EIB, which took place on 12 March 2021, the GSA presented case studies in the downstream market segments. A key sector for investment is transport, where GNSS technology and market trends are opening up new opportunities, from emissions monitoring and intelligent routes in aviation, the digitalisation of the rail sector, to automation of operations and optimised traffic management at ports and airports, new urban mobility schemes and autonomous vehicles. However, new opportunities are also developing fast in the governmental sector, linked to synchronisation capabilities linked to GNSS, which pave the ways to new applications in energy, finance and telecom infrastructure. Consumer solutions are also rapidly expanding, enabling personalised location-based services in sport and social-media. 

Disruptive potential

“GNSS technologies have the potential today to be as disruptive as the internet was 30 years ago. The business models of manufacturers in the automobile, aviation, rail, maritime, agriculture, consumer and telecoms sectors will change to increasingly focus on fusion with new technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and satellite data,” was a key message of the EIB experts. “European market leaders are already strong players in some sectors, but they need to keep investing and scaling up rapidly their applications to retain their competitive edge, amid fast changing market dynamics, driven by more affordable prices of location-based technologies."

New financial instruments

By working together under the MoU, the GSA and EIB will promote R&D investments and pilots in the GNSS market and encourage companies and public authorities to mobilise GNSS funds, so that the next decade can see new European GNSS winners. To facilitate this, the GSA and the EIB will cooperate to design new financial instruments and set up a targeted financial envelope to support the development of EU New Space.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

GSA and EIB are cooperating to encourage investment in the space-based service economy.

GSA and EIB reinvigorate agreement on European space-based investment

29.4.2021 14:06  
GSA and EIB are cooperating to encourage investment in the space-based service economy.
Published: 
29 April 2021

At a recent interactive workshop, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) gave a new impetus to the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between the two organisations to set common operational principles for scaling up investments in downstream commercial applications related to Global Navigation Satellite Services (GNSS). Under their MoU, signed in 2019, the GSA and EIB are exploring the investment potential for the so-called New Space Economy, with a view to supporting a higher private sector involvement in  GNSS innovation-based pilots and projects, thereby contributing to high-skilled jobs and European value-added, while implementing the EU Space Programme.

Expanded EUSPA Mandate

GSA will soon be transformed into EUSPA, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme, with an expanded mandate and a number of key objectives. In addition to building the GovSatCom user base, the Agency will also focus on promoting Galileo and Copernicus as market leaders, increasing the competitiveness of European downstream space companies and broadening the involvement of private enterprises from all EU Member States in the EU space-based economy.

At the experts’ workshop with the EIB, which took place on 12 March 2021, the GSA presented case studies in the downstream market segments. A key sector for investment is transport, where GNSS technology and market trends are opening up new opportunities, from emissions monitoring and intelligent routes in aviation, the digitalisation of the rail sector, to automation of operations and optimised traffic management at ports and airports, new urban mobility schemes and autonomous vehicles. However, new opportunities are also developing fast in the governmental sector, linked to synchronisation capabilities linked to GNSS, which pave the ways to new applications in energy, finance and telecom infrastructure. Consumer solutions are also rapidly expanding, enabling personalised location-based services in sport and social-media. 

Disruptive potential

“GNSS technologies have the potential today to be as disruptive as the internet was 30 years ago. The business models of manufacturers in the automobile, aviation, rail, maritime, agriculture, consumer and telecoms sectors will change to increasingly focus on fusion with new technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and satellite data,” was a key message of the EIB experts. “European market leaders are already strong players in some sectors, but they need to keep investing and scaling up rapidly their applications to retain their competitive edge, amid fast changing market dynamics, driven by more affordable prices of location-based technologies."

New financial instruments

By working together under the MoU, the GSA and EIB will promote R&D investments and pilots in the GNSS market and encourage companies and public authorities to mobilise GNSS funds, so that the next decade can see new European GNSS winners. To facilitate this, the GSA and the EIB will cooperate to design new financial instruments and set up a targeted financial envelope to support the development of EU New Space.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

GSA and EIB are cooperating to encourage investment in the space-based service economy.

GSA and EIB reinvigorate agreement on European space-based investment

29.4.2021 13:04  
GSA and EIB are cooperating to encourage investment in the space-based service economy.
Published: 
29 April 2021

At a recent interactive workshop, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) gave a new impetus to the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between the two organisations to set common operational principles for scaling up investments in downstream commercial applications related to Global Navigation Satellite Services (GNSS). Under their MoU, signed in 2019, the GSA and EIB are exploring the investment potential for the so-called New Space Economy, with a view to supporting a higher private sector involvement in  GNSS innovation-based pilots and projects, thereby contributing to high-skilled jobs and European value-added, while implementing the EU Space Programme.

Expanded EUSPA Mandate

GSA will soon be transformed into EUSPA, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme, with an expanded mandate and a number of key objectives. In addition to building the GovSatCom user base, the Agency will also focus on promoting Galileo and Copernicus as market leaders, increasing the competitiveness of European downstream space companies and broadening the involvement of private enterprises from all EU Member States in the EU space-based economy.

At the experts’ workshop with the EIB, which took place on 12 March 2021, the GSA presented case studies in the downstream market segments. A key sector for investment is transport, where GNSS technology and market trends are opening up new opportunities, from emissions monitoring and intelligent routes in aviation, the digitalisation of the rail sector, to automation of operations and optimised traffic management at ports and airports, new urban mobility schemes and autonomous vehicles. However, new opportunities are also developing fast in the governmental sector, linked to synchronisation capabilities linked to GNSS, which pave the ways to new applications in energy, finance and telecom infrastructure. Consumer solutions are also rapidly expanding, enabling personalised location-based services in sport and social-media. 

Disruptive potential

“GNSS technologies have the potential today to be as disruptive as the internet was 30 years ago. The business models of manufacturers in the automobile, aviation, rail, maritime, agriculture, consumer and telecoms sectors will change to increasingly focus on fusion with new technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and satellite data,” was a key message of the EIB experts. “European market leaders are already strong players in some sectors, but they need to keep investing and scaling up rapidly their applications to retain their competitive edge, amid fast changing market dynamics, driven by more affordable prices of location-based technologies."

New financial instruments

By working together under the MoU, the GSA and EIB will promote R&D investments and pilots in the GNSS market and encourage companies and public authorities to mobilise GNSS funds, so that the next decade can see new European GNSS winners. To facilitate this, the GSA and the EIB will cooperate to design new financial instruments and set up a targeted financial envelope to support the development of EU New Space.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

GSA and EIB are cooperating to encourage investment in the space-based service economy.

GSA and EIB reinvigorate agreement on European space-based investment

29.4.2021 13:04  
GSA and EIB are cooperating to encourage investment in the space-based service economy.
Published: 
29 April 2021

At a recent interactive workshop, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) gave a new impetus to the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between the two organisations to set common operational principles for scaling up investments in downstream commercial applications related to Global Navigation Satellite Services (GNSS). Under their MoU, signed in 2019, the GSA and EIB are exploring the investment potential for the so-called New Space Economy, with a view to supporting a higher private sector involvement in  GNSS innovation-based pilots and projects, thereby contributing to high-skilled jobs and European value-added, while implementing the EU Space Programme.

Expanded EUSPA Mandate

GSA will soon be transformed into EUSPA, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme, with an expanded mandate and a number of key objectives. In addition to building the GovSatCom user base, the Agency will also focus on promoting Galileo and Copernicus as market leaders, increasing the competitiveness of European downstream space companies and broadening the involvement of private enterprises from all EU Member States in the EU space-based economy.

At the experts’ workshop with the EIB, which took place on 12 March 2021, the GSA presented case studies in the downstream market segments. A key sector for investment is transport, where GNSS technology and market trends are opening up new opportunities, from emissions monitoring and intelligent routes in aviation, the digitalisation of the rail sector, to automation of operations and optimised traffic management at ports and airports, new urban mobility schemes and autonomous vehicles. However, new opportunities are also developing fast in the governmental sector, linked to synchronisation capabilities linked to GNSS, which pave the ways to new applications in energy, finance and telecom infrastructure. Consumer solutions are also rapidly expanding, enabling personalised location-based services in sport and social-media. 

Disruptive potential

“GNSS technologies have the potential today to be as disruptive as the internet was 30 years ago. The business models of manufacturers in the automobile, aviation, rail, maritime, agriculture, consumer and telecoms sectors will change to increasingly focus on fusion with new technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and satellite data,” was a key message of the EIB experts. “European market leaders are already strong players in some sectors, but they need to keep investing and scaling up rapidly their applications to retain their competitive edge, amid fast changing market dynamics, driven by more affordable prices of location-based technologies."

New financial instruments

By working together under the MoU, the GSA and EIB will promote R&D investments and pilots in the GNSS market and encourage companies and public authorities to mobilise GNSS funds, so that the next decade can see new European GNSS winners. To facilitate this, the GSA and the EIB will cooperate to design new financial instruments and set up a targeted financial envelope to support the development of EU New Space.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

GSA and EIB are cooperating to encourage investment in the space-based service economy.

View from Munich: 2021 a key year for the EU Space Programme

23.4.2021 14:54  
EUSPA will open up new horizons to explore EU Space Programme synergies
Published: 
23 April 2021

Following the challenges of 2020, this year will be a key year for the EU Space Programme, European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa said at a panel discussion at the Munich Satellite Navigation Conference, which was held online on March 16-17. The GSA executive director went on to outline some of the upcoming events to look forward to in the year ahead.

The decision to expand the GSA into the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) was motivated, among others, by a desire to support Europe’s investment in space, da Costa told the Munich conference participants, adding that this was yet another confirmation that space is an economic enabler with a positive spill-over effect in many sectors of the economy. 

“With EUSPA, new horizons are opening up and the generation of synergies between the different components of the space programme is very much in focus,” he said. Da Costa added that, by combining navigation and Earth observation it would be possible to create value-adding solutions, for example, that mitigate the risk of disasters like oil spills, illegal fishing, or support new precision agriculture practices.

Galileo and EGNOS update

Guerric Pont, Acting Head of Galileo Services Department shared some achievements in the system’s infrastructure, regulatory framework, services and the major milestones in the development of Galileo 2nd generation. The data on positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) show the remarkable performance of Galileo, and its unique search and rescue (SAR) feature – the return link – which regularly and reliably contributes to the rescue missions all across the globe. 

“With new services in development: Emergency Warning Service, High Accuracy and Authentication Service (HAAS) and the contribution to the Safety of Life (SoL), Galileo keeps delivering added value to European citizens, business communities and governmental bodies, and its potential for synergies with other EU Space Programme components makes the future of European space bright,” said Pont.

Vincent Brison, GNSS Operations and Maintenance Manager from the EGNOS Programme highlighted some of the novelties we can expect from EGNOS in the near future, such as the EGNOS internal waterways and maritime service. In the rail sector also, EGNOS is currently being included in the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and an EGNSS service for train localisation is under study. “The extension of EGNOS coverage to North Africa and Ukraine is currently planned and the possibility of an extension to Iceland, the Middle East and Africa is being assessed,” he said.

EUSpace:  A flourishing market

With respect to precision agriculture, a session on EU Space for Agriculture highlighted that the creation of EUSPA put space data and services at the heart of a technological and digital revolution in agriculture, helping Europe to accelerate its transition to a sustainable food system, mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, and reverse its loss of biodiversity.

And this: GSA publishes High Accuracy Service information update

A session on the GNSS industry’s response to the current pandemic highlighted how a number of GNSS-based solutions had helped to resolve issues caused by lockdowns, interruption of supply chains and operations, and the re-introduction of border controls. Among these, the Galileo Green Lane application made a significant contribution to keeping intra-continental road traffic flowing, without queues and delays. Another session dedicated to critical trends for future navigation and timing systems presented technology trends in PNT user equipment, highlighting the key role of four criteria: accuracy, ubiquity, security and connectivity. 

With respect to the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS), it was noted that the GSA is actively contributing to the development of all areas of the PRS user segment, to continuously meet user needs, and is supporting PRS joint test activities with Member States. The Agency is also planning to launch a consultation on a PRS technology and service roadmap to support the development of the PRS user segment and market uptake to 2027 in the field of user equipment and dedicated infrastructure.

Looking ahead

In her address at the conference, GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani outlined some of the new challenges ahead for the Galileo programme, including completing uptake in longer-term market segments, leveraging the programme’s differentiators to position Galileo as a market leader and supporting the EU downstream industry, with a focus on competitiveness and innovation of SMEs and start-ups.

Executive Director da Costa stressed that, just like its predecessor, EUSPA would continue to link space to user needs and maximize its efforts to bring the benefits of space down to Earth for all EU citizens.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

EUSPA will open up new horizons to explore EU Space Programme synergies

View from Munich: 2021 a key year for the EU Space Programme

23.4.2021 14:54  
EUSPA will open up new horizons to explore EU Space Programme synergies
Published: 
23 April 2021

Following the challenges of 2020, this year will be a key year for the EU Space Programme, European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa said at a panel discussion at the Munich Satellite Navigation Conference, which was held online on March 16-17. The GSA executive director went on to outline some of the upcoming events to look forward to in the year ahead.

The decision to expand the GSA into the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) was motivated, among others, by a desire to support Europe’s investment in space, da Costa told the Munich conference participants, adding that this was yet another confirmation that space is an economic enabler with a positive spill-over effect in many sectors of the economy. 

“With EUSPA, new horizons are opening up and the generation of synergies between the different components of the space programme is very much in focus,” he said. Da Costa added that, by combining navigation and Earth observation it would be possible to create value-adding solutions, for example, that mitigate the risk of disasters like oil spills, illegal fishing, or support new precision agriculture practices.

Galileo and EGNOS update

Guerric Pont, Acting Head of Galileo Services Department shared some achievements in the system’s infrastructure, regulatory framework, services and the major milestones in the development of Galileo 2nd generation. The data on positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) show the remarkable performance of Galileo, and its unique search and rescue (SAR) feature – the return link – which regularly and reliably contributes to the rescue missions all across the globe. 

“With new services in development: Emergency Warning Service, High Accuracy and Authentication Service (HAAS) and the contribution to the Safety of Life (SoL), Galileo keeps delivering added value to European citizens, business communities and governmental bodies, and its potential for synergies with other EU Space Programme components makes the future of European space bright,” said Pont.

Vincent Brison, GNSS Operations and Maintenance Manager from the EGNOS Programme highlighted some of the novelties we can expect from EGNOS in the near future, such as the EGNOS internal waterways and maritime service. In the rail sector also, EGNOS is currently being included in the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and an EGNSS service for train localisation is under study. “The extension of EGNOS coverage to North Africa and Ukraine is currently planned and the possibility of an extension to Iceland, the Middle East and Africa is being assessed,” he said.

EUSpace:  A flourishing market

With respect to precision agriculture, a session on EU Space for Agriculture highlighted that the creation of EUSPA put space data and services at the heart of a technological and digital revolution in agriculture, helping Europe to accelerate its transition to a sustainable food system, mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, and reverse its loss of biodiversity.

And this: GSA publishes High Accuracy Service information update

A session on the GNSS industry’s response to the current pandemic highlighted how a number of GNSS-based solutions had helped to resolve issues caused by lockdowns, interruption of supply chains and operations, and the re-introduction of border controls. Among these, the Galileo Green Lane application made a significant contribution to keeping intra-continental road traffic flowing, without queues and delays. Another session dedicated to critical trends for future navigation and timing systems presented technology trends in PNT user equipment, highlighting the key role of four criteria: accuracy, ubiquity, security and connectivity. 

With respect to the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS), it was noted that the GSA is actively contributing to the development of all areas of the PRS user segment, to continuously meet user needs, and is supporting PRS joint test activities with Member States. The Agency is also planning to launch a consultation on a PRS technology and service roadmap to support the development of the PRS user segment and market uptake to 2027 in the field of user equipment and dedicated infrastructure.

Looking ahead

In her address at the conference, GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani outlined some of the new challenges ahead for the Galileo programme, including completing uptake in longer-term market segments, leveraging the programme’s differentiators to position Galileo as a market leader and supporting the EU downstream industry, with a focus on competitiveness and innovation of SMEs and start-ups.

Executive Director Da Costa stressed that, just like its predecessor, EUSPA would continue to link space to user needs and maximize its efforts to bring the benefits of space down to Earth for all EU citizens.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

EUSPA will open up new horizons to explore EU Space Programme synergies

View from Munich: 2021 a key year for the EU Space Programme

23.4.2021 14:54  
EUSPA will open up new horizons to explore EU Space Programme synergies
Published: 
23 April 2021

Following the challenges of 2020, this year will be a key year for the EU Space Programme, European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa said at a panel discussion at the Munich Satellite Navigation Conference, which was held online on March 16-17. The GSA executive director went on to outline some of the upcoming events to look forward to in the year ahead.

The decision to expand the GSA into the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) was motivated, among others, by a desire to support Europe’s investment in space, da Costa told the Munich conference participants, adding that this was yet another confirmation that space is an economic enabler with a positive spill-over effect in many sectors of the economy. 

“With EUSPA, new horizons are opening up and the generation of synergies between the different components of the space programme is very much in focus,” he said. Da Costa added that, by combining navigation and Earth observation it would be possible to create value-adding solutions, for example, that mitigate the risk of disasters like oil spills, illegal fishing, or support new precision agriculture practices.

Galileo and EGNOS update

Guerric Pont, Acting Head of Galileo Services Department shared some achievements in the system’s infrastructure, regulatory framework, services and the major milestones in the development of Galileo 2nd generation. The data on positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) show the remarkable performance of Galileo, and its unique search and rescue (SAR) feature – the return link – which regularly and reliably contributes to the rescue missions all across the globe. 

“With new services in development: Emergency Warning Service, High Accuracy and Authentication Service (HAAS) and the contribution to the Safety of Life (SoL), Galileo keeps delivering added value to European citizens, business communities and governmental bodies, and its potential for synergies with other EU Space Programme components makes the future of European space bright,” said Pont.

Vincent Brison, GNSS Operations and Maintenance Manager from the EGNOS Programme highlighted some of the novelties we can expect from EGNOS in the near future, such as the EGNOS internal waterways and maritime service. In the rail sector also, EGNOS is currently being included in the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and an EGNSS service for train localisation is under study. “The extension of EGNOS coverage to North Africa and Ukraine is currently planned and the possibility of an extension to Iceland, the Middle East and Africa is being assessed,” he said.

EUSpace:  A flourishing market

With respect to precision agriculture, a session on EU Space for Agriculture highlighted that the creation of EUSPA put space data and services at the heart of a technological and digital revolution in agriculture, helping Europe to accelerate its transition to a sustainable food system, mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, and reverse its loss of biodiversity.

And this: GSA publishes High Accuracy Service information update

A session on the GNSS industry’s response to the current pandemic highlighted how a number of GNSS-based solutions had helped to resolve issues caused by lockdowns, interruption of supply chains and operations, and the re-introduction of border controls. Among these, the Galileo Green Lane application made a significant contribution to keeping intra-continental road traffic flowing, without queues and delays. Another session dedicated to critical trends for future navigation and timing systems presented technology trends in PNT user equipment, highlighting the key role of four criteria: accuracy, ubiquity, security and connectivity. 

With respect to the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS), it was noted that the GSA is actively contributing to the development of all areas of the PRS user segment, to continuously meet user needs, and is supporting PRS joint test activities with Member States. The Agency is also planning to launch a consultation on a PRS technology and service roadmap to support the development of the PRS user segment and market uptake to 2027 in the field of user equipment and dedicated infrastructure.

Looking ahead

In her address at the conference, GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani outlined some of the new challenges ahead for the Galileo programme, including completing uptake in longer-term market segments, leveraging the programme’s differentiators to position Galileo as a market leader and supporting the EU downstream industry, with a focus on competitiveness and innovation of SMEs and start-ups.

Executive Director da Costa stressed that, just like its predecessor, EUSPA would continue to link space to user needs and maximize its efforts to bring the benefits of space down to Earth for all EU citizens.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

EUSPA will open up new horizons to explore EU Space Programme synergies

View from Munich: 2021 a key year for the EU Space Programme

23.4.2021 14:54  
EUSPA will open up new horizons to explore EU Space Programme synergies
Published: 
23 April 2021

Following the challenges of 2020, this year will be a key year for the EU Space Programme, European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa said at a panel discussion at the Munich Satellite Navigation Conference, which was held online on March 16-17. The GSA executive director went on to outline some of the upcoming events to look forward to in the year ahead.

The decision to expand the GSA into the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) was motivated, among others, by a desire to support Europe’s investment in space, da Costa told the Munich conference participants, adding that this was yet another confirmation that space is an economic enabler with a positive spill-over effect in many sectors of the economy. 

“With EUSPA, new horizons are opening up and the generation of synergies between the different components of the space programme is very much in focus,” he said. Da Costa added that, by combining navigation and Earth observation it would be possible to create value-adding solutions, for example, that mitigate the risk of disasters like oil spills, illegal fishing, or support new precision agriculture practices.

Galileo and EGNOS update

Guerric Pont, Acting Head of Galileo Services Department shared some achievements in the system’s infrastructure, regulatory framework, services and the major milestones in the development of Galileo 2nd generation. The data on positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) show the remarkable performance of Galileo, and its unique search and rescue (SAR) feature – the return link – which regularly and reliably contributes to the rescue missions all across the globe. 

“With new services in development: Emergency Warning Service, High Accuracy and Authentication Service (HAAS) and the contribution to the Safety of Life (SoL), Galileo keeps delivering added value to European citizens, business communities and governmental bodies, and its potential for synergies with other EU Space Programme components makes the future of European space bright,” said Pont.

Vincent Brison, GNSS Operations and Maintenance Manager from the EGNOS Programme highlighted some of the novelties we can expect from EGNOS in the near future, such as the EGNOS internal waterways and maritime service. In the rail sector also, EGNOS is currently being included in the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and an EGNSS service for train localisation is under study. “The extension of EGNOS coverage to North Africa and Ukraine is currently planned and the possibility of an extension to Iceland, the Middle East and Africa is being assessed,” he said.

EUSpace:  A flourishing market

With respect to precision agriculture, a session on EU Space for Agriculture highlighted that the creation of EUSPA put space data and services at the heart of a technological and digital revolution in agriculture, helping Europe to accelerate its transition to a sustainable food system, mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, and reverse its loss of biodiversity.

And this: GSA publishes High Accuracy Service information update

A session on the GNSS industry’s response to the current pandemic highlighted how a number of GNSS-based solutions had helped to resolve issues caused by lockdowns, interruption of supply chains and operations, and the re-introduction of border controls. Among these, the Galileo Green Lane application made a significant contribution to keeping intra-continental road traffic flowing, without queues and delays. Another session dedicated to critical trends for future navigation and timing systems presented technology trends in PNT user equipment, highlighting the key role of four criteria: accuracy, ubiquity, security and connectivity. 

With respect to the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS), it was noted that the GSA is actively contributing to the development of all areas of the PRS user segment, to continuously meet user needs, and is supporting PRS joint test activities with Member States. The Agency is also planning to launch a consultation on a PRS technology and service roadmap to support the development of the PRS user segment and market uptake to 2027 in the field of user equipment and dedicated infrastructure.

Looking ahead

In her address at the conference, GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani outlined some of the new challenges ahead for the Galileo programme, including completing uptake in longer-term market segments, leveraging the programme’s differentiators to position Galileo as a market leader and supporting the EU downstream industry, with a focus on competitiveness and innovation of SMEs and start-ups.

Executive Director da Costa stressed that, just like its predecessor, EUSPA would continue to link space to user needs and maximize its efforts to bring the benefits of space down to Earth for all EU citizens.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

EUSPA will open up new horizons to explore EU Space Programme synergies

Space synergies serving the environment

22.4.2021 11:08  
Space synergies are supporting sustainable solutions in agriculture.
Published: 
22 April 2021

On Earth Day, which is celebrated on April 22, it has become a tradition for us to take a look at how the European Space programme, Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus, is helping to protect the environment by driving innovation and enabling solutions that increase efficiency across a wide range of sectors, from aviation and maritime transport to energy and engineering. However, it is in the agriculture sector in particular that synergies between the three EU space components are helping to reduce the environmental footprint.

EU farmers are leveraging synergies between Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus to increase crop productivity, make processes more efficient and reduce resource use with a view to improving their environmental footprint. One example of this is the Spanish company Ixoriguè, which is leveraging satellite and other technology to optimise processes in mountain stockbreeding, which is usually difficult to achieve due to the challenging geographical terrain. 

Read this: Space synergies key for EUSPA

The Ixoriguè solution is an excellent example of how by integrating satellite positioning, sensors, Earth observation with data management and analysis, it is possible to respond to various livestock management needs. In the solution, better geo-localization performance is achieved thanks to Galileo, and when this is combined with Copernicus Sentinel 1 and Sentinel 2 Earth observation data, Ixoriguè is able to predict grazing areas and available pasture, providing data-driven recommendations to optimise pasture and cattle management.

Solutions platform

Another project that harnesses space synergies, specifically Copernicus and Galileo, in the service of more sustainable agriculture is the FaST digital service platform. Supported by the European Commission’s DG AGRI, DG DEFIS, and the EU ISA2 Programme (DG DIGIT), the platform aims to provide EU farmers, Member State Paying Agencies, farm advisors and developers of digital solutions with capabilities for agriculture, environment and sustainability. The platform uses data from Galileo and Copernicus and will help lay the foundations of a comprehensive digital ecosystem for sustainable farm and land management in Europe. It will support farmers in their administrative decision-making processes, for farm profitability and environmental sustainability. 

Innovative ideas

The Farming by Satellite competition has consistently generated innovative ideas that increase efficiency and improve the environmental footprint of agriculture, and last year was no different. The contestants were tasked with creating a new sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture solution using Galileo, EGNOS and/or Copernicus, and they did exactly that. 

And this: Space synergies to drive economic growth and job creation

First prize in the 2020 edition of the competition went to the Spanish startup Graniot, for a web application that uses European satellite technologies to help agronomists and farmers monitor crops, reduce water waste and avoid poor fertilizer practices. Second prize in the competition went to the Italian team Genuine, for another web-based solution that identifies crop stress and calculates the optimal tractor path for irrigation and fertilisation using Copernicus, EGNOS and Galileo. Third prize went to AI4OceanFarming, for a solution that uses satellite data to identify ocean farming threats such as harmful algal blooms (HABs), ocean acidification (OA), and invasive species. Finally, the Africa prize winner GeoM&E monitoring coffee farms in central Kenya, and indicating the changes over time and areas where farmers could increase yield.

A key objective of the European Space Programme is to support the European Union in achieving its priority policy goals. One such policy objective is the European Green Deal. Through the projects highlighted above, and countless other initiatives, services and applications that make European industries, including agriculture, more efficient – Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are helping the EU to achieve its sustainability goals and to make Europe greener.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Space synergies are supporting sustainable solutions in agriculture.

Space synergies serving the environment

22.4.2021 11:08  
Space synergies are supporting sustainable solutions in agriculture.
Published: 
22 April 2021

On Earth Day, which is celebrated on April 22, it has become a tradition for us to take a look at how the European Space programme, Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus, is helping to protect the environment by driving innovation and enabling solutions that increase efficiency across a wide range of sectors, from aviation and maritime transport to energy and engineering. However, it is in the agriculture sector in particular that synergies between the three EU space components are helping to reduce the environmental footprint.

EU farmers are leveraging synergies between Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus to increase crop productivity, make processes more efficient and reduce resource use with a view to improving their environmental footprint. One example of this is the Spanish company Ixoriguè, which is leveraging satellite and other technology to optimise processes in mountain stockbreeding, which is usually difficult to achieve due to the challenging geographical terrain. 

Read this: Space synergies key for EUSPA

The Ixoriguè solution is an excellent example of how by integrating satellite positioning, sensors, Earth observation with data management and analysis, it is possible to respond to various livestock management needs. In the solution, better geo-localization performance is achieved thanks to Galileo, and when this is combined with Copernicus Sentinel 1 and Sentinel 2 Earth observation data, Ixoriguè is able to predict grazing areas and available pasture, providing data-driven recommendations to optimise pasture and cattle management.

Solutions platform

Another project that harnesses space synergies, specifically Copernicus and Galileo, in the service of more sustainable agriculture is the FaST digital service platform. Supported by the European Commission’s DG AGRI, DG DEFIS, and the EU ISA2 Programme (DG DIGIT), the platform aims to provide EU farmers, Member State Paying Agencies, farm advisors and developers of digital solutions with capabilities for agriculture, environment and sustainability. The platform uses data from Galileo and Copernicus and will help lay the foundations of a comprehensive digital ecosystem for sustainable farm and land management in Europe. It will support farmers in their administrative decision-making processes, for farm profitability and environmental sustainability. 

Innovative ideas

The Farming by Satellite competition has consistently generated innovative ideas that increase efficiency and improve the environmental footprint of agriculture, and last year was no different. The contestants were tasked with creating a new sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture solution using Galileo, EGNOS and/or Copernicus, and they did exactly that. 

And this: Space synergies to drive economic growth and job creation

First prize in the 2020 edition of the competition went to the Spanish startup Graniot, for a web application that uses European satellite technologies to help agronomists and farmers monitor crops, reduce water waste and avoid poor fertilizer practices. Second prize in the competition went to the Italian team Genuine, for another web-based solution that identifies crop stress and calculates the optimal tractor path for irrigation and fertilisation using Copernicus, EGNOS and Galileo. Third prize went to AI4OceanFarming, for a solution that uses satellite data to identify ocean farming threats such as harmful algal blooms (HABs), ocean acidification (OA), and invasive species. Finally, the Africa prize winner GeoM&E monitoring coffee farms in central Kenya, and indicating the changes over time and areas where farmers could increase yield.

A key objective of the European Space Programme is to support the European Union in achieving its priority policy goals. One such policy objective is the European Green Deal. Through the projects highlighted above, and countless other initiatives, services and applications that make European industries, including agriculture, more efficient – Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are helping the EU to achieve its sustainability goals and to make Europe greener.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Space synergies are supporting sustainable solutions in agriculture.

Major consultation underway with prospective GOVSATCOM users

20.4.2021 14:00  
The ENTRUSTED user survey will feed into the development of EU GOVSATCOM
Published: 
20 April 2021

A European-wide survey aimed at identifying user requirements and use cases for future EU GOVSATCOM services was launched by Member States and EU agencies within the ENTRUSTED project, coordinated by the GSA. The survey is targeted at governmental and institutional users managing security-critical missions, operations and infrastructures. Information will be collected between April and June this year. The survey results will provide key elements to consolidate and prioritise the user requirements for the EU GOVSATCOM programme. For more information, click here.

Governmental and institutional entities need to rely on satellite communications (SatCom) whenever standard communication links are not available and secure communication is needed. The 2021-2027 EU Space Programme will enable the provision of secure SatCom services to governmental users under its new component – the Governmental Satellite Communications (EU GOVSATCOM) Programme. 

Understanding user requirements

The survey will assess the current and evolving needs of prospective EU GOVSATCOM users and qualify the way how they are currently using the existing secure SatCom capabilities. Information obtained from respondents will be aggregated and used to derive a set of prioritised user requirements for future EU GOVSATCOM services and identify relevant use cases. 

Read this: Agile governance needed for secure space systems

“Understanding user requirements is key to providing a targeted service that meets the needs of the user community. This survey will be invaluable in understanding what users expect from EU GOVSATCOM and will help us in shaping future service delivery,” said Flavio SBARDELLATI, project manager for ENTRUSTED at GSA. “We urge all governmental users interested in the GOVSATCOM programme to respond to the survey and help shape the evolution of the service,” he said. 

Reaching the maximum number of users

More than 350 relevant user communities have initially been identified by the ENTRUSTED Consortium, but the survey’s outreach will be further extended, so that the maximum number of future users within the EU is reached. Whether an institution has any experience in the use of secure SatCom or not, it can ask for authorisation to take part in the survey. The ENTRUSTED Consortium will foster the participation of users in this study regardless the actual level of their previous experience in secure SatCom. 

And this: Space synergies key for EUSPA

ENTRUSTED (European Networking for satellite Telecommunication Roadmap for the governmental Users requiring Secure, inTeroperable, innovativE and standardiseD services) is a European research project, coordinated by the European GNSS Agency (GSA). It aims at providing a user perspective on the EU GOVSATCOM programme and will generate a prioritised set of user requirements for secure SatCom services and systems, as well as a user technology research and innovation roadmap. 

The ENTRUSTED survey offers a unique opportunity for users to voice their needs at an early stage of the EU GOVSATCOM programme implementation. More information about the survey can be found here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The ENTRUSTED user survey will feed into the development of EU GOVSATCOM

Major consultation underway with prospective GOVSATCOM users

20.4.2021 14:00  
The ENTRUSTED user survey will feed into the development of EU GOVSATCOM
Published: 
20 April 2021

A European-wide survey aimed at identifying user requirements and use cases for future EU GOVSATCOM services was launched by Member States and EU agencies within the ENTRUSTED project, coordinated by the GSA. The survey is targeted at governmental and institutional users managing security-critical missions, operations and infrastructures. Information will be collected between April and June this year. The survey results will provide key elements to consolidate and prioritise the user requirements for the EU GOVSATCOM programme. For more information, click here.

Governmental and institutional entities need to rely on satellite communications (SatCom) whenever standard communication links are not available and secure communication is needed. The 2021-2027 EU Space Programme will enable the provision of secure SatCom services to governmental users under its new component – the Governmental Satellite Communications (EU GOVSATCOM) Programme. 

Understanding user requirements

The survey will assess the current and evolving needs of prospective EU GOVSATCOM users and qualify the way how they are currently using the existing secure SatCom capabilities. Information obtained from respondents will be aggregated and used to derive a set of prioritised user requirements for future EU GOVSATCOM services and identify relevant use cases. 

Read this: Agile governance needed for secure space systems

“Understanding user requirements is key to providing a targeted service that meets the needs of the user community. This survey will be invaluable in understanding what users expect from EU GOVSATCOM and will help us in shaping future service delivery,” said Flavio SBARDELLATI, project manager for ENTRUSTED at GSA. “We urge all governmental users interested in the GOVSATCOM programme to respond to the survey and help shape the evolution of the service,” he said. 

Reaching the maximum number of users

More than 350 relevant user communities have initially been identified by the ENTRUSTED Consortium, but the survey’s outreach will be further extended, so that the maximum number of future users within the EU is reached. Whether an institution has any experience in the use of secure SatCom or not, it can ask for authorisation to take part in the survey. The ENTRUSTED Consortium will foster the participation of users in this study regardless the actual level of their previous experience in secure SatCom. 

And this: Space synergies key for EUSPA

ENTRUSTED (European Networking for satellite Telecommunication Roadmap for the governmental Users requiring Secure, inTeroperable, innovativE and standardiseD services) is a European research project, coordinated by the European GNSS Agency (GSA). It aims at providing a user perspective on the EU GOVSATCOM programme and will generate a prioritised set of user requirements for secure SatCom services and systems, as well as a user technology research and innovation roadmap. 

The ENTRUSTED survey offers a unique opportunity for users to voice their needs at an early stage of the EU GOVSATCOM programme implementation. More information about the survey can be found here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The ENTRUSTED user survey will feed into the development of EU GOVSATCOM

Major consultation underway with prospective GOVSATCOM users

20.4.2021 14:00  
The ENTRUSTED user survey will feed into the development of EU GOVSATCOM
Published: 
20 April 2021

A European-wide survey aimed at identifying user requirements and use cases for future EU GOVSATCOM services was launched by Member States and EU agencies within the ENTRUSTED project, coordinated by the GSA. The survey is targeted at governmental and institutional users managing security-critical missions, operations and infrastructures. Information will be collected between April and June this year. The survey results will provide key elements to consolidate and prioritise the user requirements for the EU GOVSATCOM programme. For more information, click here.

Governmental and institutional entities need to rely on satellite communications (SatCom) whenever standard communication links are not available and secure communication is needed. The 2021-2027 EU Space Programme will enable the provision of secure SatCom services to governmental users under its new component – the Governmental Satellite Communications (EU GOVSATCOM) Programme. 

Understanding user requirements

The survey will assess the current and evolving needs of prospective EU GOVSATCOM users and qualify the way how they are currently using the existing secure SatCom capabilities. Information obtained from respondents will be aggregated and used to derive a set of prioritised user requirements for future EU GOVSATCOM services and identify relevant use cases. 

Read this: Agile governance needed for secure space systems

“Understanding user requirements is key to providing a targeted service that meets the needs of the user community. This survey will be invaluable in understanding what users expect from EU GOVSATCOM and will help us in shaping future service delivery,” said Flavio SBARDELLATI, project manager for ENTRUSTED at GSA. “We urge all governmental users interested in the GOVSATCOM programme to respond to the survey and help shape the evolution of the service,” he said. 

Reaching the maximum number of users

More than 350 relevant user communities have initially been identified by the ENTRUSTED Consortium, but the survey’s outreach will be further extended, so that the maximum number of future users within the EU is reached. Whether an institution has any experience in the use of secure SatCom or not, it can ask for authorisation to take part in the survey. The ENTRUSTED Consortium will foster the participation of users in this study regardless the actual level of their previous experience in secure SatCom. 

And this: Space synergies key for EUSPA

ENTRUSTED (European Networking for satellite Telecommunication Roadmap for the governmental Users requiring Secure, inTeroperable, innovativE and standardiseD services) is a European research project, coordinated by the European GNSS Agency (GSA). It aims at providing a user perspective on the EU GOVSATCOM programme and will generate a prioritised set of user requirements for secure SatCom services and systems, as well as a user technology research and innovation roadmap. 

The ENTRUSTED survey offers a unique opportunity for users to voice their needs at an early stage of the EU GOVSATCOM programme implementation. More information about the survey can be found here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The ENTRUSTED user survey will feed into the development of EU GOVSATCOM

Time to roll up your sleeves: Galileo Masters 2021 now open!

19.4.2021 13:11  
Take your ideas to the next level in this year’s Galileo Masters
Published: 
19 April 2021

The 2021 edition of the Galileo Masters opens for submissions on April 19. As in previous years, the 2021 competition is looking for services, applications and business cases that use EGNSS (Galileo and EGNOS), either alone or in synergy with other space components, to tackle important challenges faced by business and society. Want to take your EGNSS-based innovative idea from the drawing board to the market? Click here for more information.

The prize pool in this year’s Galileo Masters is EUR 785,000, which will be spread across seven key challenges, three of which are supported by the European GNSS Agency (GSA). The topics of the three GSA challenges build on last year themes, so if you had an idea for last year’s competition that you didn’t manage to bring to fruition, now is the time to dust it off and get it ready for this year!

3 GSA challenges

The EU Space Programme offers free and open data and services that can help monitor and potentially mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. This is the focus of the first challenge from the GSA - Space for Being Safe and Healthy. Under this challenge, we are looking for solutions that use downstream space data provided by Galileo, EGNOS and/or Copernicus to help stem the spread of COVID-19 or to mitigate its impact in the short and long term. 

Read this: MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone: A word from the winners

In our Space for Fun challenge, we are looking for solutions that use Galileo and EGNOS data in the gaming, sports and leisure, and tourism markets. This challenge covers a number of market segments and so there is a wide scope for innovative ideas requiring accurate and authenticated positioning. Finally, we are looking for new applications to address other ongoing challenges, including climate change and environmental degradation, which require urgent attention and innovative solutions. These are the focus of the third GSA challenge - Space for our Planet.

“The COVID pandemic is still with us and, while there were some excellent ideas in last year’s competition for solutions to help society mitigate and adapt to the effects of the pandemic, there is still a lot of scope to leverage Galileo and EGNOS, either alone or in synergy with Earth observation data from Copernicus, to help us in facing this challenge,” said Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director at the GSA. “This is why we have decided to give innovators another opportunity to put forward their ideas this year,” he said.

Watch this: Celebrating 2 billion Galileo enabled smartphones

Through the Galileo Masters, the GSA supports entrepreneurs and start-ups in making their ideas a reality, producing services and applications that respond to societal needs and that address some of the most pressing challenges that we currently face. Another initiative that supports start-ups, and one that might be potentially very useful for Galileo Masters applicants, helping them to get inspiration and to flesh out their ideas, is the new Space Crossroads – a series of online broadcasts where industry leaders, experts, investors and big players share their space experience.

Inspiration from past ideas

If an idea for an application has not yet crystallised in your mind, perhaps you can take some inspiration from past winners of the Galileo Masters prize. The overall prize in the Galileo Masters 2020  went to Angsa Robotics for “Clive,” Germany’s first autonomous trash collection robot, which collects small pieces of rubbish left on grass or gravel that would otherwise cause ecological and economic problems. Thanks to its unique artificial neural network architecture, “Clive” can move independently while detecting and localising individual objects, which enables it to clean grass and gravel areas.

The overall winner of the 2019 Galileo Masters was Performance Cockpit, a business intelligence system that aims to lessen the environmental footprint of the aviation sector by increasing operational efficiency and considerably reducing fuel consumption. The Aeroficial Intelligence system leverages Galileo positioning and EGNOS augmentation in data-driven solutions that increase operational efficiency and considerably reduce fuel consumption in the aviation industry.

Inspired? Sign up now and take your idea to the next level in the Galileo Masters 2021!

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Take your ideas to the next level in this year’s Galileo Masters

Time to roll up your sleeves: Galileo Masters 2021 now open!

19.4.2021 13:11  
Take your ideas to the next level in this year’s Galileo Masters
Published: 
19 April 2021

The 2021 edition of the Galileo Masters opens for submissions on April 19. As in previous years, the 2021 competition is looking for services, applications and business cases that use EGNSS (Galileo and EGNOS), either alone or in synergy with other space components, to tackle important challenges faced by business and society. Want to take your EGNSS-based innovative idea from the drawing board to the market? Click here for more information.

The prize pool in this year’s Galileo Masters is EUR 785,000, which will be spread across seven key challenges, three of which are supported by the European GNSS Agency (GSA). The topics of the three GSA challenges build on last year themes, so if you had an idea for last year’s competition that you didn’t manage to bring to fruition, now is the time to dust it off and get it ready for this year!

3 GSA challenges

The EU Space Programme offers free and open data and services that can help monitor and potentially mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. This is the focus of the first challenge from the GSA - Space for Being Safe and Healthy. Under this challenge, we are looking for solutions that use downstream space data provided by Galileo, EGNOS and/or Copernicus to help stem the spread of COVID-19 or to mitigate its impact in the short and long term. 

Read this: MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone: A word from the winners

In our Space for Fun challenge, we are looking for solutions that use Galileo and EGNOS data in the gaming, sports and leisure, and tourism markets. This challenge covers a number of market segments and so there is a wide scope for innovative ideas requiring accurate and authenticated positioning. Finally, we are looking for new applications to address other ongoing challenges, including climate change and environmental degradation, which require urgent attention and innovative solutions. These are the focus of the third GSA challenge - Space for our Planet.

“The COVID pandemic is still with us and, while there were some excellent ideas in last year’s competition for solutions to help society mitigate and adapt to the effects of the pandemic, there is still a lot of scope to leverage Galileo and EGNOS, either alone or in synergy with Earth observation data from Copernicus, to help us in facing this challenge,” said Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director at the GSA. “This is why we have decided to give innovators another opportunity to put forward their ideas this year,” he said.

Watch this: Celebrating 2 billion Galileo enabled smartphones

Through the Galileo Masters, the GSA supports entrepreneurs and start-ups in making their ideas a reality, producing services and applications that respond to societal needs and that address some of the most pressing challenges that we currently face. Another initiative that supports start-ups, and one that might be potentially very useful for Galileo Masters applicants, helping them to get inspiration and to flesh out their ideas, is the new Space Crossroads – a series of online broadcasts where industry leaders, experts, investors and big players share their space experience.

Inspiration from past ideas

If an idea for an application has not yet crystallised in your mind, perhaps you can take some inspiration from past winners of the Galileo Masters prize. The overall prize in the Galileo Masters 2020  went to Angsa Robotics for “Clive,” Germany’s first autonomous trash collection robot, which collects small pieces of rubbish left on grass or gravel that would otherwise cause ecological and economic problems. Thanks to its unique artificial neural network architecture, “Clive” can move independently while detecting and localising individual objects, which enables it to clean grass and gravel areas.

The overall winner of the 2019 Galileo Masters was Performance Cockpit, a business intelligence system that aims to lessen the environmental footprint of the aviation sector by increasing operational efficiency and considerably reducing fuel consumption. The Aeroficial Intelligence system leverages Galileo positioning and EGNOS augmentation in data-driven solutions that increase operational efficiency and considerably reduce fuel consumption in the aviation industry.

Inspired? Sign up now and take your idea to the next level in the Galileo Masters 2021!

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Take your ideas to the next level in this year’s Galileo Masters

Time to roll up your sleeves: Galileo Masters 2021 now open!

19.4.2021 13:11  
Take your ideas to the next level in this year’s Galileo Masters
Published: 
19 April 2021

The 2021 edition of the Galileo Masters opens for submissions on April 19. As in previous years, the 2021 competition is looking for services, applications and business cases that use EGNSS (Galileo and EGNOS), either alone or in synergy with other space components, to tackle important challenges faced by business and society. Want to take your EGNSS-based innovative idea from the drawing board to the market? Click here for more information.

The prize pool in this year’s Galileo Masters is EUR 785,000, which will be spread across seven key challenges, three of which are supported by the European GNSS Agency (GSA). The topics of the three GSA challenges build on last year themes, so if you had an idea for last year’s competition that you didn’t manage to bring to fruition, now is the time to dust it off and get it ready for this year!

3 GSA challenges

The EU Space Programme offers free and open data and services that can help monitor and potentially mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. This is the focus of the first challenge from the GSA - Space for Being Safe and Healthy. Under this challenge, we are looking for solutions that use downstream space data provided by Galileo, EGNOS and/or Copernicus to help stem the spread of COVID-19 or to mitigate its impact in the short and long term. 

Read this: MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone: A word from the winners

In our Space for Fun challenge, we are looking for solutions that use Galileo and EGNOS data in the gaming, sports and leisure, and tourism markets. This challenge covers a number of market segments and so there is a wide scope for innovative ideas requiring accurate and authenticated positioning. Finally, we are looking for new applications to address other ongoing challenges, including climate change and environmental degradation, which require urgent attention and innovative solutions. These are the focus of the third GSA challenge - Space for our Planet.

“The COVID pandemic is still with us and, while there were some excellent ideas in last year’s competition for solutions to help society mitigate and adapt to the effects of the pandemic, there is still a lot of scope to leverage Galileo and EGNOS, either alone or in synergy with Earth observation data from Copernicus, to help us in facing this challenge,” said Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director at the GSA. “This is why we have decided to give innovators another opportunity to put forward their ideas this year,” he said.

Watch this: Celebrating 2 billion Galileo enabled smartphones

Through the Galileo Masters, the GSA supports entrepreneurs and start-ups in making their ideas a reality, producing services and applications that respond to societal needs and that address some of the most pressing challenges that we currently face. Another initiative that supports start-ups, and one that might be potentially very useful for Galileo Masters applicants, helping them to get inspiration and to flesh out their ideas, is the new Space Crossroads – a series of online broadcasts where industry leaders, experts, investors and big players share their space experience.

Inspiration from past ideas

If an idea for an application has not yet crystallised in your mind, perhaps you can take some inspiration from past winners of the Galileo Masters prize. The overall prize in the Galileo Masters 2020  went to Angsa Robotics for “Clive,” Germany’s first autonomous trash collection robot, which collects small pieces of rubbish left on grass or gravel that would otherwise cause ecological and economic problems. Thanks to its unique artificial neural network architecture, “Clive” can move independently while detecting and localising individual objects, which enables it to clean grass and gravel areas.

The overall winner of the 2019 Galileo Masters was Performance Cockpit, a business intelligence system that aims to lessen the environmental footprint of the aviation sector by increasing operational efficiency and considerably reducing fuel consumption. The Aeroficial Intelligence system leverages Galileo positioning and EGNOS augmentation in data-driven solutions that increase operational efficiency and considerably reduce fuel consumption in the aviation industry.

Inspired? Sign up now and take your idea to the next level in the Galileo Masters 2021!

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

 

Take your ideas to the next level in this year’s Galileo Masters

Time to roll up your sleeves: Galileo Masters 2021 now open!

19.4.2021 13:11  
Take your ideas to the next level in this year’s Galileo Masters
Published: 
19 April 2021

The 2021 edition of the Galileo Masters opens for submissions on April 19. As in previous years, the 2021 competition is looking for services, applications and business cases that use EGNSS (Galileo and EGNOS), either alone or in synergy with other space components, to tackle important challenges faced by business and society. Want to take your EGNSS-based innovative idea from the drawing board to the market? Click here for more information.

The prize pool in this year’s Galileo Masters is EUR 785,000, which will be spread across seven key challenges, three of which are supported by the European GNSS Agency (GSA). The topics of the three GSA challenges build on last year themes, so if you had an idea for last year’s competition that you didn’t manage to bring to fruition, now is the time to dust it off and get it ready for this year!

3 GSA challenges

The EU Space Programme offers free and open data and services that can help monitor and potentially mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. This is the focus of the first challenge from the GSA - Space for Being Safe and Healthy. Under this challenge, we are looking for solutions that use downstream space data provided by Galileo, EGNOS and/or Copernicus to help stem the spread of COVID-19 or to mitigate its impact in the short and long term. 

Read this: MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone: A word from the winners

In our Space for Fun challenge, we are looking for solutions that use Galileo and EGNOS data in the gaming, sports and leisure, and tourism markets. This challenge covers a number of market segments and so there is a wide scope for innovative ideas requiring accurate and authenticated positioning. Finally, we are looking for new applications to address other ongoing challenges, including climate change and environmental degradation, which require urgent attention and innovative solutions. These are the focus of the third GSA challenge - Space for our Planet.

“The COVID pandemic is still with us and, while there were some excellent ideas in last year’s competition for solutions to help society mitigate and adapt to the effects of the pandemic, there is still a lot of scope to leverage Galileo and EGNOS, either alone or in synergy with Earth observation data from Copernicus, to help us in facing this challenge,” said Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director at the GSA. “This is why we have decided to give innovators another opportunity to put forward their ideas this year,” he said.

Watch this: Celebrating 2 billion Galileo enabled smartphones

Through the Galileo Masters, the GSA supports entrepreneurs and start-ups in making their ideas a reality, producing services and applications that respond to societal needs and that address some of the most pressing challenges that we currently face. Another initiative that supports start-ups, and one that might be potentially very useful for Galileo Masters applicants, helping them to get inspiration and to flesh out their ideas, is the new Space Crossroads – a series of online broadcasts where industry leaders, experts, investors and big players share their space experience.

Inspiration from past ideas

If an idea for an application has not yet crystallised in your mind, perhaps you can take some inspiration from past winners of the Galileo Masters prize. The overall prize in the Galileo Masters 2020  went to Angsa Robotics for “Clive,” Germany’s first autonomous trash collection robot, which collects small pieces of rubbish left on grass or gravel that would otherwise cause ecological and economic problems. Thanks to its unique artificial neural network architecture, “Clive” can move independently while detecting and localising individual objects, which enables it to clean grass and gravel areas.

The overall winner of the 2019 Galileo Masters was Performance Cockpit, a business intelligence system that aims to lessen the environmental footprint of the aviation sector by increasing operational efficiency and considerably reducing fuel consumption. The Aeroficial Intelligence system leverages Galileo positioning and EGNOS augmentation in data-driven solutions that increase operational efficiency and considerably reduce fuel consumption in the aviation industry.

Inspired? Sign up now and take your idea to the next level in the Galileo Masters 2021!

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Take your ideas to the next level in this year’s Galileo Masters

Welcome to the Space Crossroads, where space and great ideas meet

16.4.2021 12:38  
Space Crossroads is a forum for space entrepreneurs and start-ups to share their experience and learn from each other
Published: 
16 April 2021

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is launching the Space Crossroads, a series of online broadcasts where we will discuss how space is inspiring entrepreneurs and start-ups, enabling new ideas to scale up. The series will feature contributions from industry leaders, experts, investors and big players, who will share their space experience. The format will also allow for Q&As and networking opportunities. Sounds intriguing? Then see you at our first Space Crossroads!

On Thursday 22 April, the GSA will kick off the Space Crossroads, a series dedicated to the people and businesses whose paths keep crossing with space, to discuss how this interaction is enabling the creation of innovative ideas and new businesses and start-ups. 

So, what has inspired the Space Crossroads? Well, in recent years, the GSA has attracted over 600 EU start-ups to participate in the MyGalileoApp, MyGalileoSolution, MyGalileoDrone and other competitions and hackathons. However, winning a competition is only the beginning of a steep learning curve. Ensuring stable revenue is the ultimate dream of all start-ups, and nothing is more important than networking when it comes to getting the first customers on board! 

Through the Space Crossroads, the GSA intends to connect start-ups and entrepreneurs with leaders, experts, investors and big players, creating a supportive environment where new ideas can flourish and move closer to market. Every episode will present exciting new guests and topics. The setting is informal, so grab a coffee and relax in the cosy virtual corner that we have created, where you can interact with speakers and participants. 

Sharing best practices

The Space Crossroads series offers a platform where a virtual community of GSA-incubated start-ups and entrepreneurs can share experiences and best practices to help new ideas and innovation thrive. In the series, GSA start-ups and others can meet, ask questions, receive feedback, learn from each other and make valuable connections.

Read this: Galileo means business for SMEs and start-ups!

The Space Crossroads community consist of two different channels, a Slack group where members can exchange information at any time; and a series of virtual webcasts organized every other Thursday by the GSA with the contribution of a rich line up of guests.  The Slack group, which will be moderated by the GSA, will be the place to ask questions and share experiences.  

Topic focused

The series will be available to registered Space Crossroads members, every week you will receive in your inbox a link to the agenda of the next meeting and a log-in to the webcast. The webcasts are chaired by the GSA and feature a calendar of topics and guests, creating a virtual crossroads where ideas and people meet and travel on to new horizons. The registration will be soon available on this page.

The topics and dates of the first four webcasts are: 

To see the full draft programme of upcoming webcasts, click here.  

Sneak peek

In the first episode we will start strong to finish even stronger. We will address the elephant in the room for every start-up: how start-ups and young entrepreneurs can get their foot in the door of big companies and create opportunities for cooperation, and how to market and pitch to large corporations.

We will discuss these and other points with our first guest: Ed Parsons from Google. Ed Parsons is a Geospatial Technologist at Google, a member of the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium, a Visiting Professor at University College London and, previously, a successful entrepreneur. Join us next Thursday, 22 April, to learn more!

The webcasts will be available through a webex link. Mark your calendars, this is something you certainly do not want to miss!

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Space Crossroads is a forum for space entrepreneurs and start-ups to share their experience and learn from each other

Welcome to the Space Crossroads, where space and great ideas meet

16.4.2021 12:38  
Space Crossroads is a forum for space entrepreneurs and start-ups to share their experience and learn from each other
Published: 
16 April 2021

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is launching the Space Crossroads, a series of online broadcasts where we will discuss how space is inspiring entrepreneurs and start-ups, enabling new ideas to scale up. The series will feature contributions from industry leaders, experts, investors and big players, who will share their space experience. The format will also allow for Q&As and networking opportunities. Sounds intriguing? Then see you at our first Space Crossroads!

On Thursday 22 April, the GSA will kick off the Space Crossroads, a series dedicated to the people and businesses whose paths keep crossing with space, to discuss how this interaction is enabling the creation of innovative ideas and new businesses and start-ups. 

So, what has inspired the Space Crossroads? Well, in recent years, the GSA has attracted over 600 EU start-ups to participate in the MyGalileoApp, MyGalileoSolution, MyGalileoDrone and other competitions and hackathons. However, winning a competition is only the beginning of a steep learning curve. Ensuring stable revenue is the ultimate dream of all start-ups, and nothing is more important than networking when it comes to getting the first customers on board! 

Through the Space Crossroads, the GSA intends to connect start-ups and entrepreneurs with leaders, experts, investors and big players, creating a supportive environment where new ideas can flourish and move closer to market. Every episode will present exciting new guests and topics. The setting is informal, so grab a coffee and relax in the cosy virtual corner that we have created, where you can interact with speakers and participants. 

Sharing best practices

The Space Crossroads series offers a platform where a virtual community of GSA-incubated start-ups and entrepreneurs can share experiences and best practices to help new ideas and innovation thrive. In the series, GSA start-ups and others can meet, ask questions, receive feedback, learn from each other and make valuable connections.

Read this: Galileo means business for SMEs and start-ups!

The Space Crossroads community consist of two different channels, a Slack group where members can exchange information at any time; and a series of virtual webcasts organized every other Thursday by the GSA with the contribution of a rich line up of guests.  The Slack group, which will be moderated by the GSA, will be the place to ask questions and share experiences.  

Topic focused

The series will be available to registered Space Crossroads members, every week you will receive in your inbox a link to the agenda of the next meeting and a log-in to the webcast. The webcasts are chaired by the GSA and feature a calendar of topics and guests, creating a virtual crossroads where ideas and people meet and travel on to new horizons. The registration will be soon available on this page.

The topics and dates of the first four webcasts are: 

To see the full draft programme of upcoming webcasts, click here.  

Sneak peek

In the first episode we will start strong to finish even stronger. We will address the elephant in the room for every start-up: how start-ups and young entrepreneurs can get their foot in the door of big companies and create opportunities for cooperation, and how to market and pitch to large corporations.

We will discuss these and other points with our first guest: Ed Parsons from Google. Ed Parsons is a Geospatial Technologist at Google, a member of the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium, a Visiting Professor at University College London and, previously, a successful entrepreneur. Join us next Thursday, 22 April, to learn more!

The webcasts will be available through a webex link. Mark your calendars, this is something you certainly do not want to miss!

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Space Crossroads is a forum for space entrepreneurs and start-ups to share their experience and learn from each other

Welcome to the Space Crossroads, where space and great ideas meet

16.4.2021 12:38  
Space Crossroads is a forum for space entrepreneurs and start-ups to share their experience and learn from each other
Published: 
16 April 2021

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is launching the Space Crossroads, a series of online broadcasts where we will discuss how space is inspiring entrepreneurs and start-ups, enabling new ideas to scale up. The series will feature contributions from industry leaders, experts, investors and big players, who will share their space experience. The format will also allow for Q&As and networking opportunities. Sounds intriguing? Then see you at our first Space Crossroads!

On Thursday 22 April, the GSA will kick off the Space Crossroads, a series dedicated to the people and businesses whose paths keep crossing with space, to discuss how this this interaction is enabling the creation of innovative ideas and new businesses and start-ups. 

So, what has inspired the Space Crossroads? Well, in recent years, the GSA has attracted over 600 EU start-ups to participate in the MyGalileoApp, MyGalileoSolution, MyGalileoDrone and other competitions and hackathons. However, winning a competition is only the beginning of a steep learning curve. Ensuring stable revenue is the ultimate dream of all start-ups, and nothing is more important than networking when it comes to getting the first customers on board! 

Through the Space Crossroads, the GSA intends to connect start-ups and entrepreneurs with leaders, experts, investors and big players, creating a supportive environment where new ideas can flourish and move closer to market. Every episode will present exciting new guests and topics. The setting is informal, so grab a coffee and relax in the cosy virtual corner that we have created, where you can interact with speakers and participants. 

Sharing best practices

The Space Crossroads series offers a platform where a virtual community of GSA-incubated start-ups and entrepreneurs can share experiences and best practices to help new ideas and innovation thrive. In the series, GSA start-ups and others can meet, ask questions, receive feedback, learn from each other and make valuable connections.

Read this: Galileo means business for SMEs and start-ups!

The Space Crossroads community consist of two different channels, a Slack group where members can exchange information at any time; and a series of virtual webcasts organized every other Thursday by the GSA with the contribution of a rich line up of guests.  The Slack group, which will be moderated by the GSA, will be the place to ask questions and share experiences.  

Topic focused

The series will be available to registered Space Crossroads members, every week you will receive in your inbox a link to the agenda of the next meeting and a log-in to the webcast. The webcasts are chaired by the GSA and feature a calendar of topics and guests, creating a virtual crossroads where ideas and people meet and travel on to new horizons. The registration will be soon available on this page.

The topics and dates of the first four webcasts are: 

To see the full draft programme of upcoming webcasts, click here.  

Sneak peek

In the first episode we will start strong to finish even stronger. We will address the elephant in the room for every start-up: how start-ups and young entrepreneurs can get their foot in the door of big companies and create opportunities for cooperation, and how to market and pitch to large corporations.

We will discuss these and other points with our first guest: Ed Parsons from Google. Ed Parsons is a Geospatial Technologist at Google, a member of the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium, a Visiting Professor at University College London and, previously, a successful entrepreneur. Join us next Thursday, 22 April, to learn more!

The webcasts will be available through a webex link. Mark your calendars, this is something you certainly do not want to miss!

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Space Crossroads is a forum for space entrepreneurs and start-ups to share their experience and learn from each other

Welcome to the Space Crossroads, where space and great ideas meet

16.4.2021 12:38  
Space Crossroads is a forum for space entrepreneurs and start-ups to share their experience and learn from each other
Published: 
16 April 2021

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is launching the Space Crossroads, a series of online broadcasts where we will discuss how space is inspiring entrepreneurs and start-ups, enabling new ideas to scale up. The series will feature contributions from industry leaders, experts, investors and big players, who will share their space experience. The format will also allow for Q&As and networking opportunities. Sounds intriguing? Then see you at our first Space Crossroads!

On Thursday 22 April, the GSA will kick off the Space Crossroads, a series dedicated to the people and businesses whose paths keep crossing with space, to discuss how this this interaction is enabling the creation of innovative ideas and new businesses and start-ups. 

So, what has inspired the Space Crossroads? Well, in recent years, the GSA has attracted over 600 EU start-ups to participate in the MyGalileoApp, MyGalileoSolution, MyGalileoDrone and other competitions and hackathons. However, winning a competition is only the beginning of a steep learning curve. Ensuring stable revenue is the ultimate dream of all start-ups, and nothing is more important than networking when it comes to getting the first customers on board! 

Through the Space Crossroads, the GSA intends to connect start-ups and entrepreneurs with leaders, experts, investors and big players, creating a supportive environment where new ideas can flourish and move closer to market. Every episode will present exciting new guests and topics. The setting is informal, so grab a coffee and relax in the cosy virtual corner that we have created, where you can interact with speakers and participants. 

Sharing best practices

The Space Crossroads series offers a platform where a virtual community of GSA-incubated start-ups and entrepreneurs can share experiences and best practices to help new ideas and innovation thrive. In the series, GSA start-ups and others can meet, ask questions, receive feedback, learn from each other and make valuable connections.

Read this: Galileo means business for SMEs and start-ups!

The Space Crossroads community consist of two different channels, a Slack group where members can exchange information at any time; and a series of virtual webcasts organized every other Thursday by the GSA with the contribution of a rich line up of guests.  The Slack group, which will be moderated by the GSA, will be the place to ask questions and share experiences.  

Topic focused

The series will be available to registered Space Crossroads members, every week you will receive in your inbox a link to the agenda of the next meeting and a log-in to the webcast. The webcasts are chaired by the GSA and feature a calendar of topics and guests, creating a virtual crossroads where ideas and people meet and travel on to new horizons. The registration will be soon available on this page.

The topics and dates of the first four webcasts are: 

To see the full draft programme of upcoming webcasts, click here.  

Sneak peek

In the first episode we will start strong to finish even stronger. We will address the elephant in the room for every start-up: how start-ups and young entrepreneurs can get their foot in the door of big companies and create opportunities for cooperation, and how to market and pitch to large corporations.

We will discuss these and other points with our first guest: Ed Parsons from Google. Ed Parsons is a Geospatial Technologist at Google, a member of the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium, a Visiting Professor at University College London and, previously, a successful entrepreneur. Join us next Thursday, 22 April, to learn more!

The webcasts will be available through a webex link. Mark your calendars, this is something you certainly do not want to miss!

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Space Crossroads is a forum for space entrepreneurs and start-ups to share their experience and learn from each other

Smartphone users put their trust in Galileo with 2 billion Galileo-enabled devices sold.

13.4.2021 18:32  
The number of smartphone users around the globe benefitting from Galileo is increasing rapidly
Published: 
14 April 2021

The Galileo programme has reached an important milestone, with an estimated 2 billion Galileo-enabled smartphones sold until today. This is an incredible achievement, when we think that the first Galileo-enabled smartphone only hit the market in 2016, and shows that the market has been quick to trust and embrace the advantages that Galileo offers.

Galileo has come a long way since its first entry in the world of smartphones with the launch, in July 2016, of the Aquaris X5 Plus by BQ. Since then the market has expanded rapidly and there are currently over 600 smartphone / tablet models available to users.

“2 billion smartphones sold is a remarkable achievement, and bears testimony to the fact that the market understands and appreciates the added value that Galileo brings in terms of availability, robustness and reliability,” said GSA Guerric Pont, Acting Head of Galileo Services Department. “By providing a highly performing and secure European Global Navigation Satellite System such as Galileo in a multi-constellation world, users of smartphones and wearables can rely on a more accurate and reliable positioning information, especially in urban environments”, he continued , “we are very proud that 40 global smartphone brands are putting their trust in Galileo and its team”.

Watch this: Does my phone #UseGalileo?

 

 

Major GNSS segment

The smartphone segment is a major GNSS market. According to the most recent GSA GNSS Market Report, the global installed base of GNSS devices in use is forecast to increase from 6.4 billion in 2019 to 9.6 billion in 2029, with shipments of smartphones outnumbering all other devices.

 “At the GSA, we have been working consistently with user communities and industry to understand their needs and meet their requirements, while at the same time increasing awareness of Galileo’s benefits. Having these large number of Galileo devices in the users’ hands, open also a great potential for downstream entrepreneurs that can now quickly bring their innovative applications to the market. The GSA is supporting European start-ups and SMEs to fully benefit of these opportunities.” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

Are you benefitting from Galileo’s added accuracy? To see if your smartphone, or other device, is on the list of Galileo-enabled devices, visit UseGalileo.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The number of smartphone users around the globe benefitting from Galileo is increasing rapidly

Smartphone users put their trust in Galileo with 2 billion Galileo-enabled devices sold.

13.4.2021 18:32  
The number of smartphones around the globe benefitting from Galileo is increasing rapidly
Published: 
14 April 2021

The Galileo programme has reached an important milestone, with an estimated 2 billion Galileo-enabled smartphones sold until today. This is an incredible achievement, when we think that the first Galileo-enabled smartphone only hit the market in 2016, and shows that the market has been quick to trust and embrace the advantages that Galileo offers.

Galileo has come a long way since its first entry in the world of smartphones with the launch, in July 2016, of the Aquaris X5 Plus by BQ. Since then the market has expanded rapidly and there are currently over 600 smartphone / tablet models available to users.

“2 billion smartphones sold is a remarkable achievement, and bears testimony to the fact that the market understands and appreciates the added value that Galileo brings in terms of availability, robustness and reliability,” said GSA Guerric Pont, Acting Head of Galileo Services Department. “By providing a highly performing and secure European Global Navigation Satellite System such as Galileo in a multi-constellation world, users of smartphones and wearables can rely on a more accurate and reliable positioning information, especially in urban environments”, he continued , “we are very proud that 40 global smartphone brands are putting their trust in Galileo and its team”.

Watch this: Does my phone #UseGalileo?

 

 

Major GNSS segment

The smartphone segment is a major GNSS market. According to the most recent GSA GNSS Market Report, the global installed base of GNSS devices in use is forecast to increase from 6.4 billion in 2019 to 9.6 billion in 2029, with shipments of smartphones outnumbering all other devices.

 “At the GSA, we have been working consistently with user communities and industry to understand their needs and meet their requirements, while at the same time increasing awareness of Galileo’s benefits. Having these large number of Galileo devices in the users’ hands, open also a great potential for downstream entrepreneurs that can now quickly bring their innovative applications to the market. The GSA is supporting European start-ups and SMEs to fully benefit of these opportunities.” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

Are you benefitting from Galileo’s added accuracy? To see if your smartphone, or other device, is on the list of Galileo-enabled devices, visit UseGalileo.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The number of smartphones around the globe benefitting from Galileo is increasing rapidly

Smartphone users put their trust in Galileo with 2 billion Galileo-enabled devices sold.

13.4.2021 18:32  
The number of smartphones around the globe benefitting from Galileo is increasing rapidly
Published: 
14 April 2021

The Galileo programme has reached an important milestone, with an estimated 2 billion Galileo-enabled smartphones sold until today. This is an incredible achievement, when we think that the first Galileo-enabled smartphone only hit the market in 2016, and shows that the market has been quick to trust and embrace the advantages that Galileo offers.

Galileo has come a long way since its first entry in the world of smartphones with the launch, in July 2016, of the Aquaris X5 Plus by BQ. Since then the market has expanded rapidly and there are currently over 600 smartphone / tablet models available to users.

“2 billion smartphones sold is a remarkable achievement, and bears testimony to the fact that the market understands and appreciates the added value that Galileo brings in terms of availability, robustness and reliability,” said GSA Guerric Pont, Acting Head of Galileo Services Department. “By providing a highly performing and secure European Global Navigation Satellite System such as Galileo in a multi-constellation world, users of smartphones and wearables can rely on a more accurate and reliable positioning information, especially in urban environments”, he continued , “we are very proud that 40 global smartphone brands are putting their trust in Galileo and its team”.

Watch this: Does my phone #UseGalileo?

 

 

Major GNSS segment

The smartphone segment is a major GNSS market. According to the most recent GSA GNSS Market Report, the global installed base of GNSS devices in use is forecast to increase from 6.4 billion in 2019 to 9.6 billion in 2029, with shipments of smartphones outnumbering all other devices.

 “At the GSA, we have been working consistently with user communities and industry to understand their needs and meet their requirements, while at the same time increasing awareness of Galileo’s benefits. Having these large number of Galileo devices in the users’ hands, open also a great potential for downstream entrepreneurs that can now quickly bring their innovative applications to the market. The GSA is supporting European start-ups and SMEs to fully benefit of these opportunities.” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

Are you benefitting from Galileo’s added accuracy? To see if your smartphone, or other device, is on the list of Galileo-enabled devices, visit UseGalileo.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The number of smartphones around the globe benefitting from Galileo is increasing rapidly

Smartphone users put their trust in Galileo with 2 billion Galileo-enabled devices sold.

13.4.2021 18:32  
The number of smartphones around the globe benefitting from Galileo is increasing rapidly
Published: 
14 April 2021

The Galileo programme has reached an important milestone, with an estimated 2 billion Galileo-enabled smartphones sold until today. This is an incredible achievement, when we think that the first Galileo-enabled smartphone only hit the market in 2016, and shows that the market has been quick to trust and embrace the advantages that Galileo offers.

Galileo has come a long way since its first entry in the world of smartphones with the launch, in July 2016, of the Aquaris X5 Plus by BQ. Since then the market has expanded rapidly and there are currently over 600 smartphone / tablet models available to users.

“2 billion smartphones sold is a remarkable achievement, and bears testimony to the fact that the market understands and appreciates the added value that Galileo brings in terms of availability, robustness and reliability,” said GSA Guerric Pont, Acting Head of Galileo Services Department. “By providing a highly performing and secure European Global Navigation Satellite System such as Galileo in a multi-constellation world, users of smartphones and wearables can rely on a more accurate and reliable positioning information, especially in urban environments”, he continued , “we are very proud that 40 global smartphone brands are putting their trust in Galileo and its team”.

Watch this: Does my phone #UseGalileo?

 

 

Major GNSS segment

The smartphone segment is a major GNSS market. According to the most recent GSA GNSS Market Report, the global installed base of GNSS devices in use is forecast to increase from 6.4 billion in 2019 to 9.6 billion in 2029, with shipments of smartphones outnumbering all other devices.

 “At the GSA, we have been working consistently with user communities and industry to understand their needs and meet their requirements, while at the same time increasing awareness of Galileo’s benefits. Having this large number of Galileo devices in the users’ hands, open also a great potential for downstream entrepreneurs that can now quickly bring their innovative applications to the market. The GSA is supporting European start-ups and SMEs to fully benefit of these opportunities.” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

Are you benefitting from Galileo’s added accuracy? To see if your smartphone, or other device, is on the list of Galileo-enabled devices, visit UseGalileo.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The number of smartphones around the globe benefitting from Galileo is increasing rapidly

Smartphone users put their trust in Galileo with 2 billion Galileo-enabled devices sold.

13.4.2021 18:32  
The number of smartphones around the globe benefitting from Galileo is increasing rapidly
Published: 
14 April 2021

The Galileo programme has reached an important milestone, with an estimated 2 billion Galileo-enabled smartphones sold until today. This is an incredible achievement, when we think that the first Galileo-enabled smartphone only hit the market in 2016, and shows that the market has been quick to trust and embrace the advantages that Galileo offers.

Galileo has come a long way since its first entry in the world of smartphones with the launch, in July 2016, of the Aquaris X5 Plus by BQ. Since then the market has expanded rapidly and there are currently over 600 smartphone / tablet models available to users.

“2 billion smartphones sold is a remarkable achievement, and bears testimony to the fact that the market understands and appreciates the added value that Galileo brings in terms of availability, robustness and reliability,” said GSA Guerric Pont, Acting Head of Galileo Services Department. “By providing a highly performing and secure European Global Navigation Satellite System such as Galileo in a multi-constellation world, users of smartphones and wearables can rely on a more accurate and reliable positioning information, especially in urban environments”, he continued , “we are very proud that 40 global smartphone brands are putting their trust in Galileo and its team”.

Watch this: Does my phone #UseGalileo?

 

 

Major GNSS segment

The smartphone segment is a major GNSS market. According to the most recent GSA GNSS Market Report, the global installed base of GNSS devices in use is forecast to increase from 6.4 billion in 2019 to 9.6 billion in 2029, with shipments of smartphones outnumbering all other devices.

 “At the GSA, we have been working consistently with user communities and industry to understand their needs and meet their requirements, while at the same time increasing awareness of Galileo’s benefits. Having this large number of Galileo devices in the users’ hands, open also a great potential for downstream entrepreneurs that can now quickly bring their innovative applications to the market. The GSA is supporting European start-ups and SMEs to fully benefit of these opportunities.” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

Are you benefitting from Galileo’s added accuracy? To see if your smartphone, or other device, is on the list of Galileo-enabled devices, visit UseGalileo.eu.

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The number of smartphones around the globe benefitting from Galileo is increasing rapidly

Now open: new call for proposal to accelerate EGNOS adoption in transport

12.4.2021 10:18  
The deadline for submissions is 19 July 2021
Published: 
12 April 2021

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has launched a new Call for Proposals for the “Acceleration of EGNOS Adoption in Transport”. The objective of the Call is to foster EGNOS uptake in the European aviation, maritime, inland waterways and railway sectors. The deadline for submissions is 19 July 2021. An informative webinar on the call will be held on 23 April; to register, click here. For more information on the call, click here.

A core mission of the GSA is to support European Union objectives and achieve the highest possible return on EU investment in space in terms of benefits to users and economic growth and competitiveness. This is the motivation behind the new Call, which aims to foster EGNOS adoption in transport by enabling users to get equipped with GPS/SBAS-enabled terminals, and supporting Air Navigation Service Providers, airports/heliports, maritime authorities and rail stakeholders in implementing and testing EGNOS-based operations. The budget for the Call is EUR 3,000,000 with the possibility to extend to EUR 10,000,000 depending on budget availability.

EGNOS in aviation

In the aviation sector, implementation actions will include approaches benefitting from Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance 200 (LPV200) service level, PinS LPV procedures and low-level Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) routes in Europe, as well as other advanced operations such as Required Navigation Performance (RNP) routes using SBAS or other operations that help aviation to become more sustainable . 

Watch this: EGNOS for Aviation - Making Europe's airports more accessible

It will also consider pilot cases on advanced navigation operations benefitting from EGNOS, assessment of new operational scenarios, such as implementation in aerodromes with limited infrastructure and activities promoting the use of EGNOS for other communication and surveillance applications in all phases of flight. The result of this activity will be a wide scale operational implementation of EGNOS-based operations across European airports and airspace users.

By rail and water

In the maritime and inland waterways sector, applications will target the deployment of shore station equipment that enables the transmission of EGNOS corrections over IALA and AIS stations. On the end user side, the activity aims at increasing the use of terminals on board vessels. It also targets the operational introduction of EGNOS in port operations, such as the development and use of EGNOS-capable Portable Pilot units to assist local pilots in the safe navigation of the piloted vessel.

And this: EGNOS and Galileo for Rail

Finally, in the rail sector, the action aims at facilitating the introduction of EGNSS in safety-critical applications. On one hand, it will enable demonstration of EGNSS-based train localisation safety for future inclusion in the ERTMS, by installing the necessary equipment in pilot lines. On the other, the action will enable early EGNSS operational introduction in rail signalling by focusing on non-interoperable railway lines.

An informative webinar on the Call will be held on 23 April; to register, click here. The webinar will cover possible application areas, current trends in the targeted segments as well as the participation rules and detailed instructions to applicants.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The deadline for submissions is 19 July 2021

Now open: new call for proposal to accelerate EGNOS adoption in transport

12.4.2021 10:18  
The deadline for submissions is 19 July 2021
Published: 
12 April 2021

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has launched a new Call for Proposals for the “Acceleration of EGNOS Adoption in Transport”. The objective of the Call is to foster EGNOS uptake in the European aviation, maritime, inland waterways and railway sectors. The deadline for submissions is 19 July 2021. An informative webinar on the call will be held on 23 April; to register, click here. For more information on the call, click here.

A core mission of the GSA is to support European Union objectives and achieve the highest possible return on EU investment in space in terms of benefits to users and economic growth and competitiveness. This is the motivation behind the new Call, which aims to foster EGNOS adoption in transport by enabling users to get equipped with GPS/SBAS-enabled terminals, and supporting Air Navigation Service Providers, airports/heliports, maritime authorities and rail stakeholders in implementing and testing EGNOS-based operations. The budget for the Call is EUR 3,000,000 with the possibility to extend to EUR 10,000,000 depending on budget availability.

EGNOS in aviation

In the aviation sector, implementation actions will include approaches benefitting from Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance 200 (LPV200) service level, PinS LPV procedures and low-level Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) routes in Europe, as well as other advanced operations such as Required Navigation Performance (RNP) routes using SBAS or other operations that help aviation to become more sustainable . 

Watch this: EGNOS for Aviation - Making Europe's airports more accessible

It will also consider pilot cases on advanced navigation operations benefitting from EGNOS, assessment of new operational scenarios, such as implementation in aerodromes with limited infrastructure and activities promoting the use of EGNOS for other communication and surveillance applications in all phases of flight. The result of this activity will be a wide scale operational implementation of EGNOS-based operations across European airports and airspace users.

By rail and water

In the maritime and inland waterways sector, applications will target the deployment of shore station equipment that enables the transmission of EGNOS corrections over IALA and AIS stations. On the end user side, the activity aims at increasing the use of terminals on board vessels. It also targets the operational introduction of EGNOS in port operations, such as the development and use of EGNOS-capable Portable Pilot units to assist local pilots in the safe navigation of the piloted vessel.

And this: EGNOS and Galileo for Rail

Finally, in the rail sector, the action aims at facilitating the introduction of EGNSS in safety-critical applications. On one hand, it will enable demonstration of EGNSS-based train localisation safety for future inclusion in the ERTMS, by installing the necessary equipment in pilot lines. On the other, the action will enable early EGNSS operational introduction in rail signalling by focusing on non-interoperable railway lines.

An informative webinar on the Call will be held on 23 April; to register, click here. The webinar will cover possible application areas, current trends in the targeted segments as well as the participation rules and detailed instructions to applicants.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The deadline for submissions is 19 July 2021

Save the date: Galileo Green Lane call webinar

7.4.2021 13:03  
Galileo Green Lane – keeping Europe moving during the pandemic.
Published: 
07 April 2021

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is organising a webinar on 13 April to provide information on the ‘Enhanced Galileo Green Lane - Design and Implementation’ call. Starting at 15:00 CET, the webinar will last just over an hour and will provide useful information for all parties interested in participating in this invitation to tender. For more information about the tender, click here, and to register for the webinar, click here.

The GSA and the European Commission worked together to develop the Galileo Green Lane app in April 2020 in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The goal was to facilitate the movement of critical goods and freight within the EU in support of the COVID-19 response. 

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the interest of key institutional stakeholders, such as the International Road Transport Union (IRU), in supporting the EU freight transport community, the GSA has launched a new procurement procedure in collaboration with the European Commission.

Enhanced scope

The new procurement aims to enhance the current Galileo Green Lane solution, by extending its scope to strategic road, rail and maritime border crossings between EU Member States and neighbouring countries. Traffic and waiting times will be monitored at new points of interest for the transport community, such as national logistics hubs (including airports), service areas, refuelling stations, parking lots, etc.

Read this: Galileo Green Lane, easing pressure at the EU’s internal borders

The goal of the procurement is to design and develop the overall architecture of a mobile, telematic and/or online solution aiming at facilitating the work of freight dispatchers, road authorities and enforcers at border crossings in Europe, and to operate the developed solution. 

The tenderers will be required to test their solution and operate it for the duration of the contract, which will be from six to 12 months depending on how the COVID situation evolves. The designed architecture may take advantage of EU proprietary developments, databases or techniques (e.g. geofencing algorithms) from the previous Galileo Green Lane platform.

Submitting a successful proposal

The webinar on 13 April will provide an overview of the call priorities and explain the framework and objectives of the procurement. It will also be an opportunity for interested stakeholders and applicants to learn how to prepare a successful proposal. For more information, click here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Galileo Green Lane – keeping Europe moving during the pandemic.

Save the date: Galileo Green Lane call webinar

7.4.2021 13:03  
Galileo Green Lane – keeping Europe moving during the pandemic.
Published: 
07 April 2021

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is organising a webinar on 13 April to provide information on the ‘Enhanced Galileo Green Lane - Design and Implementation’ call. Starting at 15:00 CET, the webinar will last just over an hour and will provide useful information for all parties interested in participating in this invitation to tender. For more information about the tender, click here, and to register for the webinar, click here.

The GSA and the European Commission worked together to develop the Galileo Green Lane app in April 2020 in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The goal was to facilitate the movement of critical goods and freight within the EU in support of the COVID-19 response. 

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the interest of key institutional stakeholders, such as the International Road Transport Union (IRU), in supporting the EU freight transport community, the GSA has launched a new procurement procedure in collaboration with the European Commission.

Enhanced scope

The new procurement aims to enhance the current Galileo Green Lane solution, by extending its scope to strategic road, rail and maritime border crossings between EU Member States and neighbouring countries. Traffic and waiting times will be monitored at new points of interest for the transport community, such as national logistics hubs (including airports), service areas, refuelling stations, parking lots, etc.

Read this: Galileo Green Lane, easing pressure at the EU’s internal borders

The goal of the procurement is to design and develop the overall architecture of a mobile, telematic and/or online solution aiming at facilitating the work of freight dispatchers, road authorities and enforcers at border crossings in Europe, and to operate the developed solution. 

The tenderers will be required to test their solution and operate it for the duration of the contract, which will be from six to 12 months depending on how the COVID situation evolves. The designed architecture may take advantage of EU proprietary developments, databases or techniques (e.g. geofencing algorithms) from the previous Galileo Green Lane platform.

Submitting a successful proposal

The webinar on 13 April will provide an overview of the call priorities and explain the framework and objectives of the procurement. It will also be an opportunity for interested stakeholders and applicants to learn how to prepare a successful proposal. For more information, click here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Galileo Green Lane – keeping Europe moving during the pandemic.

GSA congratulates Search and Rescue teams on #406Day2021

6.4.2021 12:34  
SAR beacons save 7 lives every day around the world.
Published: 
06 April 2021

Beacon Awareness Day (#406Day) on April 6 is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing work carried out by Search and Rescue teams around the world that risk their lives on a daily basis to save people in distress. It also aims to remind the owners of Search and Rescue beacons the need to register their beacon and test them in a regular basis, in particular for what concerns their batteries and, for those already registered, to update their Cospas-Sarsat contact details.

On #406Day2021, we celebrate Search and Rescue teams all around the world. But why 406? Well, 406 Day, as April 6th is written in the US where the initiative emerged, is a reference to the 406 MHz frequency of the Search and Rescue beacons used by the international rescue organisation Cospas-Sarsat. These beacons help save an average of seven lives every day around the world.

The Galileo SAR service is Europe’s contribution to Cospas-Sarsat and, as of January 2020, Galileo provides also the system with a unique feature – its Return Link Service. The Return Link provides the transmitting distress beacon with acknowledgement that the distress signal has been received, its position has been determined and that rescue teams are alerted. This is a major morale booster for the people calling for assistance and, so far, Galileo is the only GNSS to offer such a service to end users.

Unique feature

“Galileo’s Return Link Service is a unique feature that is a perfect example of the GSA’s core mission of linking space to user needs. It is a great European Union achievement. The GSA has also been supporting the development of beacons that are Return Link enabled, in an effort to facilitate the work of the Search and Rescue services, whose generous work we celebrate today,” said GSA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. 

Read this: Standard published for remote activation of aircraft distress tracking beacons using Galileo RLS

The GSA and its partners – the European Commission, ESA, and CNES - are proud to provide Europe’s contribution to Cospas-Sarsat by placing the Galileo constellation at the disposal of Search and Rescue teams. In just over a year, the last Cospas-Sarsat Council endorsed the Galileo Return Link functionality, allowing the service to finalise the transition to Return Link Service Full Operational 24/7 and global Capacity.

Galileo will continue to provide rescue teams with the best tools possible. To ensure this, consultations are carried out with operational Search and Rescue units to collect their views and expectations, so that the next evolutions of the Galileo SAR will match their operational needs as closely as possible, allowing them to save even more lives in the future.

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SAR beacons save 7 lives every day around the world.

Agile governance needed for secure space systems

29.3.2021 11:58  
EUSPA will cover the security of the components of the EU Space Programme.
Published: 
30 March 2021

Security governance needs to be agile and reactive, European GNSS Agency (GSA) Head of Security Stefano Iannitti said at the virtual CYSAT conference, dedicated to cybersecurity for the space industry, which took place in Davos on 17-19 March. Iannitti went on to outline the main threats for a space system and the challenges faced in protecting both the services provided to users and the system itself.

Speaking about the GSA’s experience of space cyber security, Iannitti explained how the Agency monitors such challenges on a daily basis. “To manage cyber security, it is necessary for the right actor to have their hands on the system and to be able to react at the right time. The security governance aims at giving clear responsibility to each layer of the supply chain for that purpose. This governance also includes security assurance processes, internal audits, penetration tests and vulnerability management,” he said.

Evolving threat landscape

With almost two billion Galileo devices worldwide, one of the GSA’s key tasks is to protect the system, enabling it to achieve its full potential to boost innovation for the European economy and its citizens. The GSA Head of Security noted that, given the complexity of both the space segment and the ground segment, there is a wide range of security threats. “Different threats affect different segments and the threat landscape is constantly evolving,” he said.

Read this: Galileo Performance Workshop 2021: The highlights

“Security by design is a key concept,” Iannitti said, adding that this is being applied also in the development of the services provided by other components of the Space Programme, such as GOVSATCOM.

The fact that Galileo sites are spread around the world, often in remote locations, is also a challenge. “With stations spread across the globe, we need to ensure that these are not targets of malicious attacks,” he said, adding that it is necessary not only to protect critical infrastructure, but also the information that the sites contain.

And this: Galileo satellite performs collision avoidance manoeuvre

Iannitti stressed the importance of security intelligence: “You need to know your threats,” he said. He made reference to a recent Galileo satellite manoeuvre to avoid a collision, adding that it is important to monitor what there is in space that poses a threat. “The European Union understands this and has introduced the surveillance and tracking component in the space programme. This gives extra support in handling this type of event and in preventing potential collisions,” he said, adding that the introduction of standards would help everybody in the best management of space.

Comprehensive security coverage

The GSA is in charge of ensuring the security of the various components of the GNSS system and, as it transitions into the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), its mandate will expand to cover aspects of other components of the Programme, such as Copernicus along with GOVSATCOM, and potentially also Space Situational Awareness and other initiatives such as the secure connectivity and quantum computing infrastructure that the Union will want to introduce in the Programme. “These are critical systems for the Union and they will have to be protected, especially if they deliver critical governmental services,” he said.

The GSA currently covers all the phases of security provision. The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre is an integral part of the Galileo infrastructure. It monitors and takes action in relation to security threats, alerts and the operational status of systems components. Iannitti said that to close the loop, a security accreditation process is in place. This is provided by the Security Accreditation Board (SAB), which acts independently and is composed of representatives from the Member States, the Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Regarding cooperation between EUSPA, other EU institutions and the European Space Agency (ESA), he said that different entities have different competences and missions. “EUSPA will be focused mainly on operations and service provision, and security, of course. For the development of the system we rely on ESA, and we work with all the institutions involved to manage the systems. These systems are of strategic importance to the Union and they also need political oversight,” he said.

For more information on security and the EU Space Programme, click here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).
EUSPA will cover the security of the components of the EU Space Programme.

Agile governance needed for secure space systems

29.3.2021 11:58  
EUSPA will cover the security of the components of the EU Space Programme.
Published: 
30 March 2021

Security governance needs to be agile and reactive, European GNSS Agency (GSA) Head of Security Stefano Iannitti said at the virtual CYSAT conference, dedicated to cybersecurity for the space industry, which took place in Davos on 17-19 March. Iannitti went on to outline the main threats for a space system and the challenges faced in protecting both the services provided to users and the system itself.

Speaking about the GSA’s experience of space cyber security, Iannitti explained how the Agency monitors such challenges on a daily basis. “To manage cyber security, it is necessary for the right actor to have their hands on the system and to be able to react at the right time. The security governance aims at giving clear responsibility to each layer of the supply chain for that purpose. This governance also includes security assurance processes, internal audits, penetration tests and vulnerability management,” he said.

Evolving threat landscape

With almost two billion Galileo devices worldwide, one of the GSA’s key tasks is to protect the system, enabling it to achieve its full potential to boost innovation for the European economy and its citizens. The GSA Head of Security noted that, given the complexity of both the space segment and the ground segment, there is a wide range of security threats. “Different threats affect different segments and the threat landscape is constantly evolving,” he said.

Read this: Galileo Performance Workshop 2021: The highlights

“Security by design is a key concept,” Iannitti said, adding that this is being applied also in the development of the services provided by other components of the Space Programme, such as GOVSATCOM.

The fact that Galileo sites are spread around the world, often in remote locations, is also a challenge. “With stations spread across the globe, we need to ensure that these are not targets of malicious attacks,” he said, adding that it is necessary not only to protect critical infrastructure, but also the information that the sites contain.

And this: Galileo satellite performs collision avoidance manoeuvre

Iannitti stressed the importance of security intelligence: “You need to know your threats,” he said. He made reference to a recent Galileo satellite manoeuvre to avoid a collision, adding that it is important to monitor what there is in space that poses a threat. “The European Union understands this and has introduced the surveillance and tracking component in the space programme. This gives extra support in handling this type of event and in preventing potential collisions,” he said, adding that the introduction of standards would help everybody in the best management of space.

Comprehensive security coverage

The GSA is in charge of ensuring the security of the various components of the GNSS system and, as it transitions into the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), its mandate will expand to cover aspects of other components of the Programme, such as Copernicus along with GOVSATCOM, and potentially also Space Situational Awareness and other initiatives such as the secure connectivity and quantum computing infrastructure that the Union will want to introduce in the Programme. “These are critical systems for the Union and they will have to be protected, especially if they deliver critical governmental services,” he said.

The GSA currently covers all the phases of security provision. The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre is an integral part of the Galileo infrastructure. It monitors and takes action in relation to security threats, alerts and the operational status of systems components. Iannitti said that to close the loop, a security accreditation process is in place. This is provided by the Security Accreditation Board (SAB), which acts independently and is composed of representatives from the Member States, the Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Regarding cooperation between EUSPA, other EU institutions and the European Space Agency (ESA), he said that different entities have different competences and missions. “EUSPA will be focused mainly on operations and service provision, and security, of course. For the development of the system we rely on ESA, and we work with all the institutions involved to manage the systems. These systems are of strategic importance to the Union and they also need political oversight,” he said.

For more information on security and the EU Space Programme, click here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).
EUSPA will cover the security of the components of the EU Space Programme.

Want to work with us? we are looking for experts

26.3.2021 10:12  
The GSA will create a database of experts based on the expressions of interest.
Published: 
26 March 2021

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is looking for experts to support the Agency with advice on, among others, assessing applications for EU funding, including tenders, grants and prizes, and monitoring of EU-funded projects and contracts. For more information and to download the call click here.

In this call, the GSA is looking for people with a high level of expertise and professional experience in aerospace technologies and engineering, in addition to space applications in transport, agriculture and food, environment and climate change and energy. Other areas of interest include information society, innovation and growth in space applications, safety and security, economic analysis and entrepreneurship, communication and marketing, quality, product and security assurance, configuration management and law. 

Submit your application

The call is aimed at individuals who are citizens of an EU Member State, Switzerland or Norway. Legal entities are not normally eligible to apply. Interested parties are invited to submit an expression of interest to: callforexperts@gsa.europa.eu ; please refer to the call for proposal for the documents to be submitted.

Based on the received expressions of interest, the GSA will draw up a list of interested experts. As and when needed, the GSA will consult the list and assign a contract to the most appropriate expert for the task to be performed. 

Tasks may be carried out at the GSA's premises or, at the GSA’s request, remotely using electronic communication tools. They also may need to be performed at other sites, to be specified in the contracts.

The list resulting from this call will be valid for five years from the publication of the call in the GSA webpage. Interested parties may submit an expression of interest at any time prior to the last three months of validity of the list,. For more information, click here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The GSA will create a database of experts based on the expressions of interest.

Want to work with us? we are looking for experts

26.3.2021 10:12  
The GSA will create a database of experts based on the expressions of interest.
Published: 
26 March 2021

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is looking for experts to support the Agency with advice on, among others, assessing applications for EU funding, including tenders, grants and prizes, and monitoring of EU-funded projects and contracts. For more information and to download the call click here.

In this call, the GSA is looking for people with a high level of expertise and professional experience in aerospace technologies and engineering, in addition to space applications in transport, agriculture and food, environment and climate change and energy. Other areas of interest include information society, innovation and growth in space applications, safety and security, economic analysis and entrepreneurship, communication and marketing, quality, product and security assurance, configuration management and law. 

Submit your application

The call is aimed at individuals who are citizens of an EU Member State, Switzerland or Norway. Legal entities are not normally eligible to apply. Interested parties are invited to submit an expression of interest to callforexperts@gsa.europa.eu, please refer to the call for proposal for the documents to be submitted.

Based on the received expressions of interest, the GSA will draw up a list of interested experts. As and when needed, the GSA will consult the list and assign a contract to the most appropriate expert for the task to be performed. 

Tasks may be carried out at the GSA's premises or, at the GSA’s request, remotely using electronic communication tools. They also may need to be performed at other sites, to be specified in the contracts.

The list resulting from this call will be valid for five years from the publication of the call in the GSA webpage. Interested parties may submit an expression of interest at any time prior to the last three months of validity of the list,. For more information, click here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The GSA will create a database of experts based on the expressions of interest.

Want to work with us? we are looking for experts

26.3.2021 10:12  
The GSA will create a database of experts based on the expressions of interest.
Published: 
26 March 2021

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is looking for experts to support the Agency with advice on, among others, assessing applications for EU funding, including tenders, grants and prizes, and monitoring of EU-funded projects and contracts. For more information and to download the call click here.

In this call, the GSA is looking for people with a high level of expertise and professional experience in aerospace technologies and engineering, in addition to space applications in transport, agriculture and food, environment and climate change and energy. Other areas of interest include information society, innovation and growth in space applications, safety and security, economic analysis and entrepreneurship, communication and marketing, quality, product and security assurance, configuration management and law. 

Submit your application

The call is aimed at individuals who are citizens of an EU Member State, Switzerland or Norway. Legal entities are not normally eligible to apply. Interested parties are invited to submit an expression of interest to callforexperts@gsa.europa.eu, please refer to the call for proposal for the documents to be submitted.

Based on the received expressions of interest, the GSA will draw up a list of interested experts. As and when needed, the GSA will consult the list and assign a contract to the most appropriate expert for the task to be performed. 

Tasks may be carried out at the GSA's premises or, at the GSA’s request, remotely using electronic communication tools. They also may need to be performed at other sites, to be specified in the contracts.

The list resulting from this call will be valid for five years from the publication of the call in the GSA webpage. Interested parties may submit an expression of interest at any time prior to the last three months of validity of the list,. For more information, click here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The GSA will create a database of experts based on the expressions of interest.

MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone: A word from the winners

24.3.2021 13:02  
MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone are helping take innovative space ideas to the next level.
Published: 
24 March 2021

The winners of the MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone were announced at Entrepreneurship Day, organised by the GSA in March 2021 to promote EGNSS-based creativity and business opportunities. The goal was also to raise awareness of the role of downstream space in achieving the EU’s common goals. The winners spoke about their experience during the competition and how it was helping to take their ideas to the next level.

During the press conference of the Entrepreneurship Day, the GSA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa said that the winning teams had shown particular excellence in terms of innovation, use of Galileo, and market potential. “The downstream space market is expected to grow by over 70% in the next 10 years. This means reaching a value of 65 billion euros by the end of the decade,” da Costa stated, adding that one of the main goals of the MyGalileo competitions was to tap into this market potential. 

Christoph Kautz, Acting Head of Unit for Development and Applications from the European Commission Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space noted the need for a strong dynamic and globally competitive EU space industry both upstream and downstream. “The future of the European space industry is a combination of strong institutional leadership and an industrial New Space” he said.

Galileo: faster, safer, greener

Giuseppe Tortora from the team Abzero (Italy), winner of first prize in the MyGalileoDrone competition for Nautilus, a unique tracking solution for the autonomous delivery of medical goods, highlighted the importance of a civil satellite navigation constellation. “This means we can rely on the system all the time. Galileo helps make our system simpler, faster, safer and greener,” he said, adding that the Nautilus solution needed a GNSS that could interact with its Artificial Intelligence to offer a reliable and safe system to guarantee on-time delivery. 

Read this: MGS & MDG: Galileo means business for SMEs and start-ups!

“The MyGalileoDrone competition is a push for us to continue our business and grow into a European start-up that can compete on the market,” Tortora said. His teammate Andrea Cannas said that the competition offered mentoring support during the development and a concrete funding opportunity, which is very important to further develop the product and service. “This provides us the opportunity to scale-up and achieve higher accuracy and a safer performance of our solution,” he said.

Bringing space solutions to customers

“Winning this competition is our biggest achievement so far,” said Matija Jasarov from VisionAnchor (Slovenia). VisionAnchor won the first prize in Track 1 (from idea to prototype) of the MyGalileoSolution competition and is the world's first video anchor monitoring system for boats.

 “We saw a multi-million-euro niche for our solution, which allows you to know what is happening underwater at all times and makes it possible to protect underwater vegetation, so it is good both for boat owners and for the environment,” he said. Jasarov said that the GSA support provided through the MyGalileoSolution competition would help get the solution to its first customers because we now have a prototype.

Winner of first prize in Track 2 of MyGalileoSolution (from prototype to product) was 10Lines (Estonia), an autonomous parking lot marking solution. Highlighting the environmental benefits of the solution, team member Janno Paas said that the 10Lines solution is stripe parking lots 7 times faster with robots. This is allowing to save CO2. “GNSS positioning is a very important element of our solution,” he said. 

And this: Galileo enabling infrastructure development in harsh environments

Paas noted in particular the value of the mentoring support received during the competition. “We received a lot of help from the MyGalileoSolution team and have enhanced our standards and the reliability of our solution, as a result. “The success validates what we do. We hope to be out there and visible soon,” said his teammate Tarmo Prints. 

What’s next?

Speaking at the conference, Kautz presented the Cassini initiative actions to support young entrepreneurs. He mentioned the Cassini business accelerator, which would help start-ups to develop a business plan and get start-up funding. “We want to give start-ups access to the sharpest business accelerators in the EU,” he added.

The GSA Executive Director stressed that the winners had demonstrated why these competitions are important. “They give the push to take ideas to the next level. We will continue to accompany all the companies that have applied to the competition, they will continue to be visible on our website, we will also open up new opportunities in the future,” he said. Da Costa added that, with the inclusion of the commercial utilization of Copernicus under the umbrella of the European Union Space Programme Agency (EUSPA), future opportunities would also target synergies between the various elements of the space programme.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone are helping take innovative space ideas to the next level.

MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone: A word from the winners

24.3.2021 13:02  
MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone are helping take innovative space ideas to the next level.
Published: 
24 March 2021

The winners of the MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone were announced at Entrepreneurship Day, organised by the GSA in March 2021 to promote EGNSS-based creativity and business opportunities. The goal was also to raise awareness of the role of downstream space in achieving the EU’s common goals. The winners spoke about their experience during the competition and how it was helping to take their ideas to the next level.

During the press conference of the Entrepreneurship Day, the GSA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa said that the winning teams had shown particular excellence in terms of innovation, use of Galileo, and market potential. “The downstream space market is expected to grow by over 70% in the next 10 years. This means reaching a value of 65 billion euros by the end of the decade,” da Costa stated, adding that one of the main goals of the MyGalileo competitions was to tap into this market potential. 

Christoph Kautz, Acting Head of Unit for Development and Applications from the European Commission Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space noted the need for a strong dynamic and globally competitive EU space industry both upstream and downstream. “The future of the European space industry is a combination of strong institutional leadership and an industrial New Space” he said.

Galileo: faster, safer, greener

Giuseppe Tortora from the team Abzero (Italy), winner of first prize in the MyGalileoDrone competition for Nautilus, a unique tracking solution for the autonomous delivery of medical goods, highlighted the importance of a civil satellite navigation constellation. “This means we can rely on the system all the time. Galileo helps make our system simpler, faster, safer and greener,” he said, adding that the Nautilus solution needed a GNSS that could interact with its Artificial Intelligence to offer a reliable and safe system to guarantee on-time delivery. 

Read this: MGS & MDG: Galileo means business for SMEs and start-ups!

“The MyGalileoDrone competition is a push for us to continue our business and grow into a European start-up that can compete on the market,” Tortora said. His teammate Andrea Cannas said that the competition offered mentoring support during the development and a concrete funding opportunity, which is very important to further develop the product and service. “This provides us the opportunity to scale-up and achieve higher accuracy and a safer performance of our solution,” he said.

Bringing space solutions to customers

“Winning this competition is our biggest achievement so far,” said Matija Jasarov from VisionAnchor (Slovenia). VisionAnchor won the first prize in Track 1 (from idea to prototype) of the MyGalileoSolution competition and is the world's first video anchor monitoring system for boats.

 “We saw a multi-million-euro niche for our solution, which allows you to know what is happening underwater at all times and makes it possible to protect underwater vegetation, so it is good both for boat owners and for the environment,” he said. Jasarov said that the GSA support provided through the MyGalileoSolution competition would help get the solution to its first customers because we now have a prototype.

Winner of first prize in Track 2 of MyGalileoSolution (from prototype to product) was 10Lines (Estonia), an autonomous parking lot marking solution. Highlighting the environmental benefits of the solution, team member Janno Paas said that the 10Lines solution is stripe parking lots 7 times faster with robots. This is allowing to save CO2. “GNSS positioning is a very important element of our solution,” he said. 

And this: Galileo enabling infrastructure development in harsh environments

Paas noted in particular the value of the mentoring support received during the competition. “We received a lot of help from the MyGalileoSolution team and have enhanced our standards and the reliability of our solution, as a result. “The success validates what we do. We hope to be out there and visible soon,” said his teammate Tarmo Prints. 

What’s next?

Speaking at the conference, Kautz presented the Cassini initiative actions to support young entrepreneurs. He mentioned the Cassini business accelerator, which would help start-ups to develop a business plan and get start-up funding. “We want to give start-ups access to the sharpest business accelerators in the EU,” he added.

The GSA Executive Director stressed that the winners had demonstrated why these competitions are important. “They give the push to take ideas to the next level. We will continue to accompany all the companies that have applied to the competition, they will continue to be visible on our website, we will also open up new opportunities in the future,” he said. Da Costa added that, with the inclusion of the commercial utilization of Copernicus under the umbrella of the European Union Space Programme Agency (EUSPA), future opportunities would also target synergies between the various elements of the space programme.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone are helping take innovative space ideas to the next level.

MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone: A word from the winners

24.3.2021 13:02  
MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone are helping take innovative space ideas to the next level.
Published: 
24 March 2021

The winners of the MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone were announced at Entrepreneurship Day, organised by the GSA in March 2021 to promote EGNSS-based creativity and business opportunities. The goal was also to raise awareness of the role of downstream space in achieving the EU’s common goals. The winners spoke about their experience during the competition and how it was helping to take their ideas to the next level.

During the press conference of the Entrepreneurship Day, the GSA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa said that the winning teams had shown particular excellence in terms of innovation, use of Galileo, and market potential. “The downstream space market is expected to grow by over 70% in the next 10 years. This means reaching a value of 65 billion euros by the end of the decade,” da Costa stated, adding that one of the main goals of the MyGalileo competitions was to tap into this market potential. 

Christoph Kautz, Acting Head of Unit for Development and Applications from the European Commission Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space noted the need for a strong dynamic and globally competitive EU space industry both upstream and downstream. “The future of the European space industry is a combination of strong institutional leadership and an industrial New Space” he said.

Galileo: faster, safer, greener

Giuseppe Tortora from the team Abzero (Italy), winner of first prize in the MyGalileoDrone competition for Nautilus, a unique tracking solution for the autonomous delivery of medical goods, highlighted the importance of a civil satellite navigation constellation. “This means we can rely on the system all the time. Galileo helps make our system simpler, faster, safer and greener,” he said, adding that the Nautilus solution needed a GNSS that could interact with its Artificial Intelligence to offer a reliable and safe system to guarantee on-time delivery. 

Read this: MGS & MDG: Galileo means business for SMEs and start-ups!

“The MyGalileoDrone competition is a push for us to continue our business and grow into a European start-up that can compete on the market,” Tortora said. His teammate Andrea Cannas said that the competition offered mentoring support during the development and a concrete funding opportunity, which is very important to further develop the product and service. “This provides us the opportunity to scale-up and achieve higher accuracy and a safer performance of our solution,” he said.

Bringing space solutions to customers

“Winning this competition is our biggest achievement so far,” said Matija Jasarov from VisionAnchor (Slovenia). VisionAnchor won the first prize in Track 1 (from idea to prototype) of the MyGalileoSolution competition and is the world's first video anchor monitoring system for boats.

 “We saw a multi-million-euro niche for our solution, which allows you to know what is happening underwater at all times and makes it possible to protect underwater vegetation, so it is good both for boat owners and for the environment,” he said. Jasarov said that the GSA support provided through the MyGalileoSolution competition would help get the solution to its first customers because we now have a prototype.

Winner of first prize in Track 2 of MyGalileoSolution (from prototype to product) was 10Lines (Estonia), an autonomous parking lot marking solution. Highlighting the environmental benefits of the solution, team member Janno Paas said that the 10Lines solution is stripe parking lots 7 times faster with robots. This is allowing to save CO2. “GNSS positioning is a very important element of our solution,” he said. 

And this: Galileo enabling infrastructure development in harsh environments

Paas noted in particular the value of the mentoring support received during the competition. “We received a lot of help from the MyGalileoSolution team and have enhanced our standards and the reliability of our solution, as a result. “The success validates what we do. We hope to be out there and visible soon,” said his teammate Tarmo Prints. 

What’s next?

Speaking at the conference, Kautz presented the Cassini initiative actions to support young entrepreneurs. He mentioned the Cassini business accelerator, which would help start-ups to develop a business plan and get start-up funding. “We want to give start-ups access to the sharpest business accelerators in the EU,” he added.

The GSA Executive Director stressed that the winners had demonstrated why these competitions are important. “They give the push to take ideas to the next level. We will continue to accompany all the companies that have applied to the competition, they will continue to be visible on our website, we will also open up new opportunities in the future,” he said. Da Costa added that, with the inclusion of the commercial utilization of Copernicus under the umbrella of the European Union Space Programme Agency (EUSPA), future opportunities would also target synergies between the various elements of the space programme.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone are helping take innovative space ideas to the next level.

Dear EU Startups, fasten your seatbelts and have a soft landing with GNSS.asia

22.3.2021 9:45  
A new GNSS.asia initiative gives start-ups an opportunity to fly.
Published: 
22 March 2021

GNSS.asia, a Horizon-2020 project of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) that is helping create partnerships between GNSS industries in Europe and Asia, has launched the Soft-Landing programme – a start-up support initiative that will prepare European GNSS-based innovators for scalable success in Asia. Applications should be submitted by 26 March 2021. Interested? Apply here.

Are you a young EU-based start-up with an innovative downstream GNSS product ready to go global? The new start-up support initiative from GNSS.asia may be just what you are looking for! The programme will empower European start-ups, to begin their global journey from the comfort of their own home (offices). 

Ecosystem exploration mission

The initiative will invite up to 10 of Europe’s boldest start-ups with GNSS applications on an ecosystem exploration mission to the Asia-Pacific region in 2021. The selected enterprises will be supported throughout a 5-step internationalisation sprint with workshops and training sessions to access markets globally and to prepare for expansion.

Read this: MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone: Galileo means business for SMEs and start-ups!

The start-ups will receive the equivalent of one month’s one-on-one coaching from experienced business coaches and GNSS experts and multipliers in the Asia-Pacific region. This will give them insights into the local GNSS market, acquaint them with local business etiquette, help them to define their business case and to identify the market with the best fit for their products.

Global business opportunities

During the exploration mission, start-ups will be able to familiarise themselves with the local ecosystem, build up their own global network in the international GNSS community, open up global business opportunities, and promote themselves among Asian GNSS stakeholders. Target markets include China, India, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and Australasia.

And this: GSA GNSS Market Report

The selected start-ups will receive financial support of up to EUR 2,000 to reimburse their travel costs required to effectively participate in the programme and to leverage what it has to offer. To be eligible, a start-up should be incorporated, younger than five years, offer a downstream GNSS product or solution, and be based in the European Union.

Does that sound like you? If yes, then don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity. To apply now, click here. For more information, visit the GNSS.asia website or watch the Soft-Landing Programme information session recording.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

A new GNSS.asia initiative gives start-ups an opportunity to fly.

Molière hackathon: Tackling mobility challenges with Galileo and blockchain

18.3.2021 12:03  
The hackathon aims to fuel innovation in urban mobility.
Published: 
18 March 2021

The Molière project, which aims at developing innovative mobility solutions using GNSS and blockchain, is to host a virtual hackathon in Barcelona on 22-26 March targeting groundbreaking ideas to tackle the challenges faced when implementing new mobility services. Do you have an innovative idea for the mobility sector? Register here before March 22.

The goal of the Molière hackathon is to identify the needs of mobility services and to prototype ideas and products that will fuel the innovation stream of the Molière concept and vision. Over the space of five days, a new generation of entrepreneurs, along with GNSS and blockchain experts, will work together to tackle pressing challenges in urban mobility and create world-class innovative solutions. 

Two challenges

The participants can choose from two different tracks. The first challenge is to Improve inaccurate geo-positioning of sharing vehicles due to critical zones of the city. With urban vehicle-sharing services, there is frequently room for improvement of geo-positioning accuracy in certain urban areas. This challenge aims to find solutions to improve positioning systems to potentially obtain more precise data for the Data Marketplace.

Read this: MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone: Galileo means business for SMEs and start-ups!

The second challenge is Smart contract definition for mobility data exchange of a marketplace. The participants will be asked to define the protocols and tools that will be used during data exchange in the open mobility data layer (MDM), with a special focus on geo-positioning data. 

Introductory webinar

A webinar will be held on 22 March to present the Molière project and the hackathon to the general public. GNSS and blockchain technology experts will inspire the hackathon participants and talk them through the challenges they should resolve. After the webinar, the teams will work in an online environment to develop their solutions.

This hackathon will provide an opportunity for brilliant young talents to test their skills with the help of mentors and experts, who will guide them throughout the competition, while working with peers who share the same passion for digital technology and innovation.

And this: Point.IoT 2021 – another year of exciting Galileo-powered IoT innovations

The participants will have until 25 March to work on their solutions, and will have an opportunity to showcase them to key mobility companies, including project partner SEAT MÓ and iomob. The jury will select the finalists, who will present their final projects on 26 March. During the hackathon, all the groups will have the opportunity to attend individual online mentoring sessions to get feedback on their work, and to benefit from a co-creative and collaborative environment.

For more information, click here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The hackathon aims to fuel innovation in urban mobility.

EGNOS Safety of Life: Serving aviation for 10 years

15.3.2021 14:32  
The EGNOS Safety of Life service has been supporting civil aviation in Europe since it was launched in 2011.
Published: 
17 March 2021

The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) Safety of Life (SoL) Service is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Since it was declared operational in March 2011, the EGNOS SoL Service has been supporting civil aviation by enabling approaches down to LPV (Localiser Performance with Vertical guidance) minima at airports across Europe.

The EGNOS SoL Service consists of timing and positioning signals intended for transport applications in domains where lives could be endangered if the performance of the navigation system is degraded below specific accuracy limits. The SoL service is based on integrity data provided through the EGNOS satellite signals. 

With over 750 EGNOS-based procedures at 386 airports and helipads, the EGNOS services increase safety, accessibility and efficiency for operators and pilots approaching airport and helipads in Europe. More accessible airports equal more commercial opportunities for airlines and new flight routes at regional and international level, with minimum costs for ground infrastructure and its maintenance.

Read this: Helicopter Medical Emergency Flight lands at Motol Hospital thanks to EGNOS

The aviation sector has developed the certification scheme for EGNOS services, as well as the approval process for avionics and approach operations needed to use the SoL Service. Organisations implementing EGNOS-based procedures include air navigation service providers (ANSP), aerodrome operators and rotorcraft operators. However, the SoL Service is also intended to support applications in a wide range of other domains such as maritime, rail and road.

Significant environmental impact

“Since its launch in 2011, the EGNOS Safety of Life Service has been making the aviation sector safer and more efficient for European operators. Apart from the increased safety, it has made remote airports more accessible and is helping to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of aviation. As uptake increases, these benefits will be increasingly felt in other safety-critical sectors also, such as maritime or rail” said GSA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa.

The most obvious environmental impact of aviation is CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. With the aim of contributing to a “clean sky”, a methodology has been defined for air operators to calculate the reduction of CO2 emissions thanks to EGNOS-enabled LPV approaches. 

Two main sources of fuel savings have been identified, the first being related to the airport approach. Today, many airports require airplanes to make their approach step by step, levelling off at each stage and thus burning more fuel. EGNOS enables smooth and continuous glide path approaches that are more fuel efficient. 

Watch this: EGNOS for Aviation - Making Europe's airports more accessible

The second is the avoidance of go-arounds due to poor visibility (aborted landings) in EGNOS capable airports thanks to the lower decision height, down to 200 feet or 60 meters, for pilots to evaluate if the visibility is good enough to continue the landing process.  Minimizing diversions equals less fuel consumption, a win-win solution for both, the environment and the airlines. By 2025, 80,000 flight delays and 20,000 diversions will be avoided across Europe thanks to the contribution of EGNOS to the landing procedure of EGNOS-equipped airports.

Navigation operations based on the EGNOS SoL Service may require specific authorisation issued by the relevant authority. In the EU, the requirements governing the implementation of an EGNOS-based procedure are set down in the Single European Sky (SES) Regulation, and all related EU regulatory provisions applicable to the implementation of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) operations.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The EGNOS Safety of Life service has been supporting civil aviation in Europe since it was launched in 2011.

EGNOS Safety of Life: Serving aviation for 10 years

15.3.2021 14:32  
The EGNOS Safety of Life service has been supporting civil aviation in Europe since it was launched in 2011.
Published: 
17 March 2021

The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) Safety of Life (SoL) Service is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Since it was declared operational in March 2011, the EGNOS SoL Service has been supporting civil aviation by enabling approaches down to LPV (Localiser Performance with Vertical guidance) minima at airports across Europe.

The EGNOS SoL Service consists of timing and positioning signals intended for transport applications in domains where lives could be endangered if the performance of the navigation system is degraded below specific accuracy limits. The SoL service is based on integrity data provided through the EGNOS satellite signals. 

With over 700 EGNOS-based procedures at 367 airports and helipads, the EGNOS services increase safety, accessibility and efficiency for operators and pilots approaching airport and helipads in Europe. More accessible airports equal more commercial opportunities for airlines and new flight routes at regional and international level, with minimum costs for ground infrastructure and its maintenance.

Read this: Helicopter Medical Emergency Flight lands at Motol Hospital thanks to EGNOS

The aviation sector has developed the certification scheme for EGNOS services, as well as the approval process for avionics and approach operations needed to use the SoL Service. Organisations implementing EGNOS-based procedures include air navigation service providers (ANSP), aerodrome operators and rotorcraft operators. However, the SoL Service is also intended to support applications in a wide range of other domains such as maritime, rail and road.

Significant environmental impact

“Since its launch in 2011, the EGNOS Safety of Life Service has been making the aviation sector safer and more efficient for European operators. Apart from the increased safety, it has made remote airports more accessible and is helping to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of aviation. As uptake increases, these benefits will be increasingly felt in other safety-critical sectors also, such as maritime or rail” said GSA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa.

The most obvious environmental impact of aviation is CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. With the aim of contributing to a “clean sky”, a methodology has been defined for air operators to calculate the reduction of CO2 emissions thanks to EGNOS-enabled LPV approaches. 

Two main sources of fuel savings have been identified, the first being related to the airport approach. Today, many airports require airplanes to make their approach step by step, levelling off at each stage and thus burning more fuel. EGNOS enables smooth and continuous glide path approaches that are more fuel efficient. 

Watch this: EGNOS for Aviation - Making Europe's airports more accessible

The second is the avoidance of go-arounds due to poor visibility (aborted landings) in EGNOS capable airports thanks to the lower decision height, down to 200 feet or 60 meters, for pilots to evaluate if the visibility is good enough to continue the landing process.  Minimizing diversions equals less fuel consumption, a win-win solution for both, the environment and the airlines. By 2025, 80,000 flight delays and 20,000 diversions will be avoided across Europe thanks to the contribution of EGNOS to the landing procedure of EGNOS-equipped airports.

Navigation operations based on the EGNOS SoL Service may require specific authorisation issued by the relevant authority. In the EU, the requirements governing the implementation of an EGNOS-based procedure are set down in the Single European Sky (SES) Regulation, and all related EU regulatory provisions applicable to the implementation of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) operations.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The EGNOS Safety of Life service has been supporting civil aviation in Europe since it was launched in 2011.

EGNOS Safety of Life: Serving aviation for 10 years

15.3.2021 14:32  
The EGNOS Safety of Life service has been supporting civil aviation in Europe since it was launched in 2011.
Published: 
17 March 2021

The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) Safety of Life (SoL) Service is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Since it was declared operational in March 2011, the EGNOS SoL Service has been supporting civil aviation by enabling approaches down to LPV (Localiser Performance with Vertical guidance) minima at airports across Europe.

The EGNOS SoL Service consists of timing and positioning signals intended for transport applications in domains where lives could be endangered if the performance of the navigation system is degraded below specific accuracy limits. The SoL service is based on integrity data provided through the EGNOS satellite signals. 

With over 700 EGNOS-based procedures at 367 airports and helipads, the EGNOS services increase safety, accessibility and efficiency for operators and pilots approaching airport and helipads in Europe. More accessible airports equal more commercial opportunities for airlines and new flight routes at regional and international level, with minimum costs for ground infrastructure and its maintenance.

Read this: Helicopter Medical Emergency Flight lands at Motol Hospital thanks to EGNOS

The aviation sector has developed the certification scheme for EGNOS services, as well as the approval process for avionics and approach operations needed to use the SoL Service. Organisations implementing EGNOS-based procedures include air navigation service providers (ANSP), aerodrome operators and rotorcraft operators. However, the SoL Service is also intended to support applications in a wide range of other domains such as maritime, rail and road.

Significant environmental impact

“Since its launch in 2011, the EGNOS Safety of Life Service has been making the aviation sector safer and more efficient for European operators. Apart from the increased safety, it has made remote airports more accessible and is helping to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of aviation. As uptake increases, these benefits will be increasingly felt in other safety-critical sectors also, such as maritime or rail” said GSA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa.

The most obvious environmental impact of aviation is CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. With the aim of contributing to a “clean sky”, a methodology has been defined for air operators to calculate the reduction of CO2 emissions thanks to EGNOS-enabled LPV approaches. 

Two main sources of fuel savings have been identified, the first being related to the airport approach. Today, many airports require airplanes to make their approach step by step, levelling off at each stage and thus burning more fuel. EGNOS enables smooth and continuous glide path approaches that are more fuel efficient. 

Watch this: EGNOS for Aviation - Making Europe's airports more accessible

The second is the avoidance of go-arounds due to poor visibility (aborted landings) in EGNOS capable airports thanks to the lower decision height, down to 200 feet or 60 meters, for pilots to evaluate if the visibility is good enough to continue the landing process.  Minimizing diversions equals less fuel consumption, a win-win solution for both, the environment and the airlines. By 2025, 80,000 flight delays and 20,000 diversions will be avoided across Europe thanks to the contribution of EGNOS to the landing procedure of EGNOS-equipped airports.

Navigation operations based on the EGNOS SoL Service may require specific authorisation issued by the relevant authority. In the EU, the requirements governing the implementation of an EGNOS-based procedure are set down in the Single European Sky (SES) Regulation, and all related EU regulatory provisions applicable to the implementation of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) operations.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The EGNOS Safety of Life service has been supporting civil aviation in Europe since it was launched in 2011.

GSA publishes High Accuracy Service information update

15.3.2021 12:32  
Galileo HAS target markets include geomatics, precision agriculture and the consumer solutions.
Published: 
15 March 2021

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) together with the European Commission have published an Information Note on the Galileo High Accuracy Service, providing an overview of the main characteristics of the service, along with information on features such as service levels, target performance, an implementation roadmap, and an overview of the target markets for the service. You can download the Information Note here.

The market for high-accuracy positioning is very dynamic, driven by various factors, including emerging applications such as autonomous vehicles and drones; technological advances such as dual-frequency chipsets for the mass-market; and the market situation, with cheap or free-of-charge augmentation services available in some countries. These factors are resulting in the democratisation of high accuracy, which is becoming a more widespread commodity, rather than the exclusive domain of professional applications.

With the Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS), Galileo will pioneer a worldwide, free high-accuracy positioning service aimed at applications that require higher performance than that offered by the Galileo Open Service.

Benefitting several markets

Target markets for the HAS include geomatics, agriculture or consumer solutions. Transport is also a major potential target market, with possible applications in aviation, road, rail and maritime and inland waterways. In these markets, the HAS will provide high-accuracy precise point positioning corrections for Galileo and GPS free of charge, in the Galileo E6-B data component and by terrestrial means, to achieve real-time improved user positioning performances, with a positioning error of less than two decimetres in nominal conditions.

Read this: Galileo enabling infrastructure development in harsh environments

“With its High Accuracy Service, Galileo will be the first satellite constellation able to provide a high-accuracy precise point positioning service globally, directly through the Signal in Space,” said GSA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “This will be another key differentiator of the Galileo system, giving it a competitive advantage over other systems and allowing it to foster innovation in both consolidated and emerging markets,” he said.

HAS Initial Service

HAS Phase 1 will cover the provision of an initial Galileo High Accuracy Service resulting from the implementation of a high-accuracy data generation system processing Galileo data only.  Phase 2 will see full provision of the Galileo High Accuracy Service, meeting its target performance of 20 cm worldwide positioning accuracy after 2024.

Through the HAS, Galileo will offer a unique service with the transmission of corrections directly via Galileo satellites, allowing free high-accuracy positioning globally, for everyone.

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Galileo HAS target markets include geomatics, precision agriculture and the consumer solutions.

GSA publishes High Accuracy Service information update

15.3.2021 12:32  
Galileo HAS target markets include geomatics, precision agriculture and the consumer solutions.
Published: 
16 March 2021

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) together with the European Commission have published an Information Note on the Galileo High Accuracy Service, providing an overview of the main characteristics of the service, along with information on features such as service levels, target performance, an implementation roadmap, and an overview of the target markets for the service. You can download the Information Note here.

The market for high-accuracy positioning is very dynamic, driven by various factors, including emerging applications such as autonomous vehicles and drones; technological advances such as dual-frequency chipsets for the mass-market; and the market situation, with cheap or free-of-charge augmentation services available in some countries. These factors are resulting in the democratisation of high accuracy, which is becoming a more widespread commodity, rather than the exclusive domain of professional applications.

With the Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS), Galileo will pioneer a worldwide, free high-accuracy positioning service aimed at applications that require higher performance than that offered by the Galileo Open Service.

Benefitting several markets

Target markets for the HAS include geomatics, agriculture or consumer solutions. Transport is also a major potential target market, with possible applications in aviation, road, rail and maritime and inland waterways. In these markets, the HAS will provide high-accuracy precise point positioning corrections for Galileo and GPS free of charge, in the Galileo E6-B data component and by terrestrial means, to achieve real-time improved user positioning performances, with a positioning error of less than two decimetres in nominal conditions.

Read this: Galileo enabling infrastructure development in harsh environments

“With its High Accuracy Service, Galileo will be the first satellite constellation able to provide a high-accuracy precise point positioning service globally, directly through the Signal in Space,” said GSA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “This will be another key differentiator of the Galileo system, giving it a competitive advantage over other systems and allowing it to foster innovation in both consolidated and emerging markets,” he said.

HAS Initial Service

HAS Phase 1 will cover the provision of an initial Galileo High Accuracy Service resulting from the implementation of a high-accuracy data generation system processing Galileo data only.  Phase 2 will see full provision of the Galileo High Accuracy Service, meeting its target performance of 20 cm worldwide positioning accuracy after 2024.

Through the HAS, Galileo will offer a unique service with the transmission of corrections directly via Galileo satellites, allowing free high-accuracy positioning globally, for everyone.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Galileo HAS target markets include geomatics, precision agriculture and the consumer solutions.

Galileo Performance Workshop 2021: The highlights

11.3.2021 12:11  
Published: 
11 March 2021

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) organised an online workshop on 3 March to provide an in-depth analysis of the performance of Galileo and show how this performance is evaluated and how it is crucial for service provision in every user application.

The workshop focused in particular on the Galileo Open Service (OS) as defined in the OS Service Definition Document (SDD) and the Programme’s needs for performance monitoring against the defined Minimum Performance Levels (MPLs) and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Attention was also paid to publicly available data, products and tools that can be used for GNSS monitoring. In addition to the GSA, the workshop involved representatives of the European Commission, the European Space Agency (ESA) and of the EU Member States and gathered nearly 500 participants. 

Workshop outcome

At the workshop, a number of technical topics were addressed.

  • All presenters confirmed that the Initial Services commitments as described in the OS SDD are met, some events were observed and discussed, but the Galileo performance, also compared to other GNSS, especially in terms of accuracy is good. 
  • When monitoring the performance of Galileo, it is important that the satellite health status should be verified for F/NAV and I/NAV ephemerides using broadcast navigation data consolidated from a global network. However, there is no standard on how to generate a consolidated navigation message from publicly available data– the quality and availability depends on latency of this data. 
  • It is important for users to check the status of the navigation messages as specified in the Galileo OS Signal-in-Space (SiS) Interface Control Document (ICD) and the SDD. This requires that the receivers monitor the Signal-in-Space health flags: signal health status (SHS), data validity status (DVS) and Signal-In-Space accuracy (SISA). The Galileo system uses these three SiS health flags to protect users, and all of them need to be monitored and appropriate actions taken as specified in the ICD. Both the ICD and SDD are available for download on the website of the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC).

Read this: EUSW - status of Galileo services

  • With respect to using reference stations for performance monitoring, it is recommended to use a geodetic grade receiver connected to a geodetic antenna. This generates high-quality data using multiple frequencies and signals. 
  • Real-time data provides an overview of GNSS status in nominal situations. However, not all information from the signals required for monitoring is available in the real-time streams using the RTCM standard. Some sources also provide real-time broadcast orbit and clock corrections in the state space representation (SSR) format, yet unusual events and anomalies might not be reflected properly in these streams, as the underlying processing software might not be able to handle those events well.
  • The Galileo Service Operator runs the system to maintain the performance specified in the SDD. Performance may vary within set margins due to operational, maintenance or deployment constraints. In light of this, interpretation of results is key for proper GNSS performance monitoring. It is good practice to make use of redundancy and always to confirm results with other sources, when possible. 

Galileo Reference Centre

The GSA has established the Galileo Reference Centre (GRC) with a primary mission of providing an independent means to monitor and evaluate the performance of the Galileo services and the quality of the Signal-in-Space. The GRC is the European hub for these activities, integrating contributions from European national entities, such as research centres, timing laboratories, and national space agencies.

Watch this: Galileo Reference Centre

Performance is measured against Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), the computation of which depends on GNSS data measurements and derived reference products (e.g. precise orbits, satellites clock corrections). It can also be assessed based on publicly available data and products, which exist with various levels of quality, reliability and latency. To be able to compare results obtained by independent sources, it is important to have a common understanding, guidelines for monitoring and a sound assessment methodology. This is what the Galileo performance workshop aims to provide.

All the presentations delivered during the workshop are now available here.

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The Galileo Performance Workshop 2021 provided an in-depth analysis of Galileo’s performance.

Galileo satellite performs collision avoidance manoeuvre

10.3.2021 12:37  
The manoeuvre was conducted following receipt of a collision risk alert from EUSST.  Image ©ESA-P. Carril
Published: 
10 March 2021

Under the management of the European GNSS Agency (GSA), a collision avoidance manoeuvre for satellite GSAT0219 was performed over the past weekend. This manoeuvre was conducted following a collision risk alert received from EU Space Surveillance and Tracking (EUSST).

On 25 February, the Galileo Service Operator (GSOp) received from the EUSST a collision risk alert between GSAT0219 and an inert Ariane 4 upper stage launched in 1989. Following this warning, GSOp started to closely monitor the risk, in close cooperation with EUSST that was refining its predictions. 

In line with operational procedures, GSOp informed the GSA of the situation. In a joint effort with the European Commission, the GSA managed the follow-up activities. The effective cooperation between EUSST and the GSA/GSOp was instrumental to the success of the mission and bears testimony to the need for efficient cooperation between different organisations in the space sector.

Manoeuvre authorised

Following refinement of the Ariane 4 orbit, the risk of collision was still unacceptably high, so, after assessment of different strategies and associated risks on the service provision, the GSA authorised the execution of an avoidance manoeuvre. The satellite was taken out of service on 5 March, and users were informed via NAGU #2021009. The collision avoidance manoeuvre was performed shortly thereafter, by temporarily relocating the satellite away from its nominal position. Satellite GSAT0219 is expected to be reintroduced into service in Calendar Week 11 (15.03 – 21.03) after the completion of two station keeping manoeuvres to reposition it into its nominal operational orbit. Users will be kept informed via NAGUs.

This is the first time a collision avoidance manoeuvre has been performed for a satellite in the Galileo constellation.

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The manoeuvre was conducted following receipt of a collision risk alert from EUSST. Image ©ESA-P. Carril

Sample of Galileo-enabled wearables: the test results are in!

8.3.2021 11:18  
Wearables from Suunto, Garmin and Samsung were tested, with interesting results.
Published: 
08 March 2021

After smartphones, wearables are the second most sold GNSS device, with 70 million shipments in 2019 alone. Given this trend, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) was motivated to test smartwatch devices under various conditions. Three devices were selected that, to a certain extent, characterise the Galileo-enabled device offering on the market in 2020: the Suunto 9, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Garmin Fenix 6X PRO. The tests delivered some interesting results.

The tests were carried out by the Airbus Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) team under a Galileo System Support contract with the GSA. The main objective was to evaluate the navigation performance of the wearables in different receiver configurations and environments. To evaluate the devices’ performance, the tests assessed positioning accuracy and PVT availability. 

All the tests were carried out close to an Airbus site south of Munich, and included an open sky static test, an open sky pedestrian test, and an open sky bike test. In addition, there were three suburban dynamic tests (two pedestrian – one with the watch worn on the wrist and one on a backpack, and one bike test), an urban static test, and two forest dynamic tests (pedestrian and bike), both of which had alternating vegetation of broadleaf trees and conifers. 

Read this: Point.IoT 2021 – another year of exciting Galileo-powered IoT innovations

Each test was executed three times in order to cover all the possible GNSS receiver configurations. Subtests with the corresponding GNSS receiver configurations are presented in the table below. 

Figure 1: Data collection of forest dynamic pedestrian test case

Device Possible GNSS receiver configurations Release Single-/Dual-Frequency
Suunto 9

GPS only

GPS + Glonass

GPS + Galileo

June 2018 SF
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

There is no option to select constellations.

According to the specification receiver supports the following constellations: GPS, Glonass, Beidou and Galileo

September 2019 SF
Garmin Fenix 6X PRO

GPS only

GPS + Glonass

GPS + Galileo

August 2019 SF

Table 1: Wearables under test 

Multi-constellation delivers

In general, the devices achieved the highest accuracy when GPS satellites were used together with an additional GNSS. In half of the scenarios, GPS + Galileo showed the best performance. 

Suunto 9 outperformed the other two smart-watches in most of the tests by achieving the best positioning accuracy. The PVT availability (up to 90%) of the Suunto 9 was also higher than that of the Garmin and Samsung smartwatches, the only exception being the static scenarios. The results for Suunto 9 are shown in the tables and charts below, demonstrating the achievable performance with the subset of tested devices. 

Antenna placement matters for precise testing results

When looking at the best results in terms of accuracy, there is a big difference between wearing the smartwatch on your wrist and having it attached to a backpack. Accuracy is much better when the watch is on a backpack with the watch face, and therefore the GNSS antenna, pointing directly to the sky. The results obtained with the watch worn on the wrist were the worst, because the antenna is not pointing directly at the sky and body shadowing obstructs the signals. This decrease in accuracy could be partially resolved by using higher quality antennas.

       Suunto 9 – suburban test cases               Horizontal accuracy [m] on a given percentile       
Configuration / Watch placement 50.0% 63.2% 95.0%
GPS + Galileo / Wrist 5.29 6.31 14.74
GPS + Galileo / Backpack 2.08 2.35 3.44

Table 2: Comparison of Suunto 9 performance (horizontal accuracy under GPS + Galileo configuration) on wrist and backpack

And this: Galileo delivers accuracy; drones deliver solutions

Another solution is to install the antenna outside the smartwatch, so that GNSS signals can reach the antenna directly. This would also reduce the level of interference between the antenna and other components. However, wearing the watch attached to a backpack or using external antenna is not a solution for the vast majority of users. In any case, there is still room for improvement, especially in more challenging environments, but better performance may be achieved with dual-frequency chipsets, soon to be available on the European market, or with higher quality antennas.

Galileo added value

The tests show that Galileo provides added value in terms of accuracy and availability, of which receiver manufacturers are becoming increasingly aware. This added value was clearly demonstrated with the Suunto 9 results: in 52% of the computed statistics, the GPS + Galileo configuration showed better performance than GPS only and GPS + Glonass. This means that, thanks to Galileo, the data collected during users’ activities will be more accurate and allow for improved performance.

Currently over a hundred wearables are benefitting from Galileo’s added accuracy and availability. To check out if your wearable is on the list, click here.

Figure 2: Example of results: Open sky dynamic bike test case  – Suunto 9 – horizontal accuracy

        Open sky dynamic bike test case: Suunto 9                 Horizontal accuracy [m] on a given percentile      
Configuration 50.0% 63.2% 95.0%
GPS only 4.20 4.76 7.45
GPS + Glonass 4.78 5.25 7.82
GPS + Galileo 2.77 3.32 5.87

Table 3: Open sky dynamic bike test case: Suunto 9 – horizontal accuracy on a given percentiles

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Wearables from Suunto, Garmin and Samsung were tested, with interesting results.

Sample of Galileo-enabled wearables: the test results are in!

8.3.2021 11:18  
Wearables from Suunto, Garmin and Samsung were tested, with interesting results.
Published: 
08 March 2021

After smartphones, wearables are the second most sold GNSS device, with 70 million shipments in 2019 alone. Given this trend, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) was motivated to test smartwatch devices under various conditions. Three devices were selected that, to a certain extent, characterise the Galileo-enabled device offering on the market in 2020: the Suunto 9, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Garmin Fenix 6X PRO. The tests delivered some interesting results.

The tests were carried out by the Airbus Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) team under a Galileo System Support contract with the GSA. The main objective was to evaluate the navigation performance of the wearables in different receiver configurations and environments. To evaluate the devices’ performance, the tests assessed positioning accuracy and PVT availability. 

All the tests were carried out close to an Airbus site south of Munich, and included an open sky static test, an open sky pedestrian test, and an open sky bike test. In addition, there were three suburban dynamic tests (two pedestrian – one with the watch worn on the wrist and one on a backpack, and one bike test), an urban static test, and two forest dynamic tests (pedestrian and bike), both of which had alternating vegetation of broadleaf trees and conifers. 

Read this: Point.IoT 2021 – another year of exciting Galileo-powered IoT innovations

Each test was executed three times in order to cover all the possible GNSS receiver configurations. Subtests with the corresponding GNSS receiver configurations are presented in the table below. 

Figure 1: Data collection of forest dynamic pedestrian test case

Device Possible GNSS receiver configurations Release Single-/Dual-Frequency
Suunto 9

GPS only

GPS + Glonass

GPS + Galileo

June 2018 SF
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

There is no option to select constellations.

According to the specification receiver supports the following constellations: GPS, Glonass, Beidou and Galileo

September 2019 SF
Garmin Fenix 6X PRO

GPS only

GPS + Glonass

GPS + Galileo

August 2019 SF

Table 1: Wearables under test 

Multi-constellation delivers

In general, the devices achieved the highest accuracy when GPS satellites were used together with an additional GNSS. In half of the scenarios, GPS + Galileo showed the best performance. 

Suunto 9 outperformed the other two smart-watches in most of the tests by achieving the best positioning accuracy. The PVT availability (up to 90%) of the Suunto 9 was also higher than that of the Garmin and Samsung smartwatches, the only exception being the static scenarios. The results for Suunto 9 are shown in the tables and charts below, demonstrating the achievable performance with the subset of tested devices. 

Antenna placement matters for precise testing results

When looking at the best results in terms of accuracy, there is a big difference between wearing the smartwatch on your wrist and having it attached to a backpack. Accuracy is much better when the watch is on a backpack with the watch face, and therefore the GNSS antenna, pointing directly to the sky. The results obtained with the watch worn on the wrist were the worst, because the antenna is not pointing directly at the sky and body shadowing obstructs the signals. This decrease in accuracy could be partially resolved by using higher quality antennas.

       Suunto 9 – suburban test cases               Horizontal accuracy [m] on a given percentile       
Configuration / Watch placement 50.0% 63.2% 95.0%
GPS + Galileo / Wrist 5.29 6.31 14.74
GPS + Galileo / Backpack 2.08 2.35 3.44

Table 2: Comparison of Suunto 9 performance (horizontal accuracy under GPS + Galileo configuration) on wrist and backpack

And this: Galileo delivers accuracy; drones deliver solutions

Another solution is to install the antenna outside the smartwatch, so that GNSS signals can reach the antenna directly. This would also reduce the level of interference between the antenna and other components. However, wearing the watch attached to a backpack or using external antenna is not a solution for the vast majority of users. In any case, there is still room for improvement, especially in more challenging environments, but better performance may be achieved with dual-frequency chipsets, soon to be available on the European market, or with higher quality antennas.

Galileo added value

The tests show that Galileo provides added value in terms of accuracy and availability, of which receiver manufacturers are becoming increasingly aware. This added value was clearly demonstrated with the Suunto 9 results: in 52% of the computed statistics, the GPS + Galileo configuration showed better performance than GPS only and GPS + Glonass. This means that, thanks to Galileo, the data collected during users’ activities will be more accurate and allow for improved performance.

Currently over a hundred wearables are benefitting from Galileo’s added accuracy and availability. To check out if your wearable is on the list, click here.

Figure 2: Example of results: Open sky dynamic bike test case  – Suunto 9 – horizontal accuracy

        Open sky dynamic bike test case: Suunto 9                 Horizontal accuracy [m] on a given percentile      
Configuration 50.0% 63.2% 95.0%
GPS only 4.20 4.76 7.45
GPS + Glonass 4.78 5.25 7.82
GPS + Galileo 2.77 3.32 5.87

Table 3: Open sky dynamic bike test case: Suunto 9 – horizontal accuracy on a given percentiles

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Wearables from Suunto, Garmin and Samsung were tested, with interesting results.

Standard published for remote activation of aircraft distress tracking beacons using the Search and Rescue (SAR) Return Link Service as offered by Galileo

5.3.2021 14:43  
The standard is targeted at service providers and users of the Galileo Return Link Service.
Published: 
05 March 2021

The EUROCAE “ED-277 - Minimum Aviation System Performance Standard for Aircraft Emergency Locator Transmitter Remote Command Via Return Link Service”  has been published and is available  . It describes the characteristics of remote command via the Return Link Service for Emergency Locator Transmitter Distress Tracking  - ELT(DT) - in particular for remote beacon activation and deactivation. Today, only Galileo provides Return Link capability.

Remote activation of a distress beacon is very relevant for aviation, as cases of aircraft disappearing still occur, such as the 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, and the accident with the Air France flight AF447 between Rio and Paris in 2009. 

When investigations drag out, this only increases the negative economic and social impacts of the event. Faced with this problem, the aviation community is developing new solutions and standards to better estimate the location of an aircraft during an in-flight distress situation and improve response operations. 

Return Link Service as a unique Galileo differentiator

This latest document is targeted at service providers and users of the Galileo Return Link Service (RLS) and focuses on the high-level concept and typical functional interface and user requirements for aviation. The new standard complements previous standards in this field and the cases mandated by ICAO regulations . It offers the possibility to Commercial Aircraft Operators, to remotely activate ELT(DT)s in cases that are neither covered by ‘manual’ activation by the crew, nor by ‘automatic’ distress logic derived from the EUROCAE ED-237 standard. Remote beacon activation possibility is a valuable service for aircraft operators and air traffic services, as it helps to better determine the aircraft trajectory and shorten the time to locate the aircraft and potential survivors,  in cases where other mechanisms failed and communication with the pilot is lost. 

“This standard is the result of a joint effort at international level, with the main objective to contribute to saving lives.”, says Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency.

Read this: Happy birthday Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) Return Link Service!

Galileo’s Return Link Service has been operational since January 2020 and it is still the only GNSS that offers such capability. The ED-277 document is particularly relevant for Galileo, as it describes the requirements for a remote command service using the return link, and describes the operational concept that can be assessed in potential evolutions of the Galileo services  .

End-to-end validation

“User needs were carefully assessed in the concept of operation and validated in H2020 HELIOS project. The GSA integrated strategy leveraging Research & Innovation demonstrated once more how it substantially contributes to user and market uptake”, says Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market Development.

The concept of operation was developed in cooperation with users and in consultation with airlines. What’s more, the concept has been validated in an end-to-end test by the HELIOS project during two test campaigns: on the ground in 2019 and in flight, as part of the largest worldwide flight test for distress tracking, in November 2020. In both exercises, the team included interested airlines (Iberia and Air France) as well as air traffic controllers from Spain and France (Enaire and DGAC), together with Spanish and French rescue/mission coordination centres, along with France’s National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) and the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC).

And this: Remote beacon activation with Galileo return link successfully tested

“The implementation of this Remote Beacon Activation standard for Galileo is the next logical step as it fully leverages the capabilities provided by Galileo’s Return Link Service today”, says Guerric Pont, GSA Head of Galileo Exploitation.

ED-277 is the result of 3 years’ work by EUROCAE, that started at the beginning of 2018, and has been now concluded. The group behind this standard was led by aviation beacon manufacturers Orolia and ECA Aerospace, with the European GNSS Agency (GSA) acting as secretary of the group, which also included representatives of the European Commission, the European Space Agency (ESA), and CNES.   Aviation stakeholders, including air navigation service providers, rescue coordination centres and industry, all actively contributed to the group.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).
The standard is targeted at service providers and users of the Galileo Return Link Service.

Standard published for remote activation of aircraft distress tracking beacons using the Search and Rescue (SAR) Return Link Service as offered by Galileo

5.3.2021 14:43  
The standard is targeted at service providers and users of the Galileo Return Link Service.
Published: 
05 March 2021

The EUROCAE “ED-277 - Minimum Aviation System Performance Standard for Aircraft Emergency Locator Transmitter Remote Command Via Return Link Service”  has been published and is available. It describes the characteristics of remote command via the Return Link Service for Emergency Locator Transmitter Distress Tracking  - ELT(DT) - in particular for remote beacon activation and deactivation. Today, only Galileo provides Return Link capability.

Remote activation of a distress beacon is very relevant for aviation, as cases of aircraft disappearing still occur, such as the 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, and the accident with the Air France flight AF447 between Rio and Paris in 2009. 

When investigations drag out, this only increases the negative economic and social impacts of the event. Faced with this problem, the aviation community is developing new solutions and standards to better estimate the location of an aircraft during an in-flight distress situation and improve response operations. 

Return Link Service as a unique Galileo differentiator

This latest document is targeted at service providers and users of the Galileo Return Link Service (RLS) and focuses on the high-level concept and typical functional interface and user requirements for aviation. The new standard complements previous standards in this field and the cases mandated by ICAO regulations . It offers the possibility to Commercial Aircraft Operators, to remotely activate ELT(DT)s in cases that are neither covered by ‘manual’ activation by the crew, nor by ‘automatic’ distress logic derived from the EUROCAE ED-237 standard. Remote beacon activation possibility is a valuable service for aircraft operators and air traffic services, as it helps to better determine the aircraft trajectory and shorten the time to locate the aircraft and potential survivors,  in cases where other mechanisms failed and communication with the pilot is lost. 

“This standard is the result of a joint effort at international level, with the main objective to contribute to saving lives.”, says Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency.

Read this: Happy birthday Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) Return Link Service!

Galileo’s Return Link Service has been operational since January 2020 and it is still the only GNSS that offers such capability. The ED-277 document is particularly relevant for Galileo, as it describes the requirements for a remote command service using the return link, and describes the operational concept that can be assessed in potential evolutions of the Galileo services  .

End-to-end validation

“User needs were carefully assessed in the concept of operation and validated in H2020 HELIOS project. The GSA integrated strategy leveraging Research & Innovation demonstrated once more how it substantially contributes to user and market uptake”, says Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market Development.

The concept of operation was developed in cooperation with users and in consultation with airlines. What’s more, the concept has been validated in an end-to-end test by the HELIOS project during two test campaigns: on the ground in 2019 and in flight, as part of the largest worldwide flight test for distress tracking, in November 2020. In both exercises, the team included interested airlines (Iberia and Air France) as well as air traffic controllers from Spain and France (Enaire and DGAC), together with Spanish and French rescue/mission coordination centres, along with France’s National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) and the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC).

And this: Remote beacon activation with Galileo return link successfully tested

“The implementation of this Remote Beacon Activation standard for Galileo is the next logical step as it fully leverages the capabilities provided by Galileo’s Return Link Service today”, says Guerric Pont, GSA Head of Galileo Exploitation.

ED-277 is the result of 3 years’ work by EUROCAE, that started at the beginning of 2018, and has been now concluded. The group behind this standard was led by aviation beacon manufacturers Orolia and ECA Aerospace, with the European GNSS Agency (GSA) acting as secretary of the group, which also included representatives of the European Commission, the European Space Agency (ESA), and CNES.   Aviation stakeholders, including air navigation service providers, rescue coordination centres and industry, all actively contributed to the group.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).
The standard is targeted at service providers and users of the Galileo Return Link Service.

MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone: Galileo means business for SMEs and start-ups!

3.3.2021 9:23  
Galileo differentiators are driving innovation among SMEs and start-ups
Published: 
03 March 2021

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is excited to announce the winners in this year’s MyGalileoSolution & MyGalileoDrone competitions. After a lively debate, the jury has selected the winning teams in both competitions based not only on their innovative use of key Galileo differentiators, but also on their market-oriented approach and potential for wide uptake. The winning teams were announced during Entrepreneurship Day, hosted by the GSA on 2 March. And so, without further ado, the winners are…

In the MyGalileoDrone competition, the first prize went to the team Abzero (Italy), for Nautilus – a unique tracking solution for the autonomous delivery of medical goods. Second prize was awarded to Spectralight (Poland) for SpectraDrone, a greener alternative to classical fireworks. ThunderFly (Czech Republic) received third prize for TF-ATMON – a system for performing in-situ atmospheric measurements, while fourth prize went to Raytrack (Spain) for 5GBeamCheck, which uses a UAV to perform 5G antenna tests. The winning team receives EUR 100,000, with EUR 60,000 going to the team in second place, EUR 40,000 for third place, and EUR 30,000 to the fourth.

MyGalileoSolution results

In the MyGalileoSolution competition, the first place in Track 1 (from idea to prototype) went to VisionAnchor (Slovenia) the world's first video anchor monitoring system for boats, with second prize going to BitPet (Norway), an Augmented Reality mobile game where each player takes care of a digital pet. Third prize went to BeeLive (Greece), a beekeeper's decision-making and social networking tool based on GNSS-enabled devices. 

Read this: Galileo enabling infrastructure development in harsh environments

Meanwhile, in Track 2 (from prototype to product), the top three teams were 10Lines (Estonia), an autonomous parking lot marking solution in first place, followed by V-Labs (Switzerland), an Augmented Reality solution for visualising, measuring and modifying geospatial data with centimetre accuracy in second, and Lympik Oculus (Austria), a sport analysis application in third. MyGalileoSolution is the biggest competition ever organised by the GSA, with a prize pool of almost EUR 1.5 million shared by 50 teams, including the six finalists, with awards ranging from EUR 15,000 to EUR 60,000.

Fostering Galileo’s uptake

At the Entrepreneurship Day, the top contestants from both competitions presented their applications and pitched their ideas after which the winning teams were announced and the prizes awarded. 

“This year’s competition was exceptional and I congratulate all the winners on their victory,” said GSA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “The MyGalileoSolution and MyGalileoDrone competitions play an important role in fostering the uptake of Galileo across a wide range of market segments. A key role of the GSA, and of EUSPA in the future, is to increase the competitiveness of the EU downstream industry by supporting innovators, SMEs and start-ups. These two competitions help us to do exactly that,” he said.

About MyGalileoDrone & MyGalileoSolution

MyGalileoSolution and MyGalileoDrone are the continuation of the successful MyGalileoApp competition. The competitions, which ran over 6 months, included multiple rounds of reviews with GSA, market and technology experts, and the teams received mentoring on a variety of subjects. More than 600 applications were received to both competitions and 80 start-ups were supported by the GSA to realize their dream.

And this: Galileo delivers accuracy; drones deliver solutions

The teams came from various locations in Europe and represent academia and industry alike. They include start-ups and SMEs from a broad spectrum of market segments. The total prize pool of the competitions is EUR 1.7 million, including the grand prizes for the top teams and smaller awards for qualifying solutions. Contestants were evaluated based on criteria such as innovation, Galileo relevance, market potential and feasibility of implementing the ideas. 

About Entrepreneurship Day

Entrepreneurship Day, hosted by the GSA on 2 March, is one of the first events launched under the umbrella of the CASSINI initiative. The half-day event is one of many upcoming activities to be hosted by the GSA, aimed at supporting entrepreneurship by providing opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators.

The event aimed to promote EGNSS-based creative ideas and lucrative business opportunities, to raise awareness of the role of downstream space in achieving the EU’s common goals and priorities, and to provide a networking platform for all interested parties.

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Galileo differentiators are driving innovation among SMEs and start-ups

Helicopter Medical Emergency Flight lands at Motol Hospital thanks to EGNOS (Real Video Demo)

25.2.2021 17:54  
Thanks to EGNOS, the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System, pilots can navigate through the clouds and fog, and land safely at the Prague-based hospital.
Published: 
26 February 2021

Motol University Hospital – Prague’s largest medical facility – embraces EGNOS technology and becomes accessible even under harsh weather conditions.

Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) are crucial in times of crises such as global pandemics, and are an integral part of many healthcare systems across the globe. They help with emergency evacuations and inter-hospital transports across Europe and also with transporting doctors and medical equipment to remote sites. Often, adverse weather conditions or other factors, such as smoke, cause helicopters to divert or abort landings. In addition, many hospitals lack costly ground-based helicopter navigation equipment to provide guidance in bad weather, which may lead to significant delays when time is of the essence.

To continue delivering high level healthcare services, Motol University Hospital upgraded its facilities by implementing an EGNOS landing procedure, allowing helicopters to land safely even under bad weather conditions on the rooftop helipad of the hospital. The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System. It is improving the performance of Global Navigation Satellite Systems by offering an additional layer of accuracy in the landing procedure.

Thanks to EGNOS, the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System, pilots can navigate through the clouds and fog, and land safely at the Prague-based hospital. Hospital accessibility around the clock is crucial for the transportation of critically ill patients and also for operations such as the organ transplant transportation service of Motol Hospital.

“I am delighted that the GSA has been instrumental to the implementation of this procedure and that Motol Hospital now relies on EGNOS to ensure that patients in critical conditions can safely land on its helipad. I am looking forward to making more hospitals accessible across the European Union.’’ says GSA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa. 

“As the director of the Motol University Hospital, I am pleased that the European GNSS Agency (GSA) helped to create and implement a satellite-based procedure for the hospital’s helipad. This will enable using the helipad in adverse weather conditions, while the complicated transfer of patients to emergency will be eliminated. Above all, it will enhance our Transplant Programme as it will allow very quick organ transfer directly from the helicopter to the operating rooms’’, concludes Motol University Hospital Director, Dr. Miloslav Ludvík 

The first flight landed early in December 2020, with the participation of the Aviation Service of the Police of the Czech Republic where an Airbus EGNOS-enabled helicopter H135 (EC135) landed successfully at Motol’s helipad with the help of EGNOS.

Read the press release in CZ here and EN here

Watch the video below:

 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Thanks to EGNOS, the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System, pilots can navigate through the clouds and fog, and land safely at the Prague-based hospital.

Helicopter Medical Emergency Flight lands at Motol Hospital thanks to EGNOS (Real Video Demo)

25.2.2021 17:54  
Thanks to EGNOS, the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System, pilots can navigate through the clouds and fog, and land safely at the Prague-based hospital.
Published: 
26 February 2021

Motol University Hospital – Prague’s largest medical facility – embraces EGNOS technology and becomes accessible even under harsh weather conditions.

Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) are crucial in times of crises such as global pandemics, and are an integral part of many healthcare systems across the globe. They help with emergency evacuations and inter-hospital transports across Europe and also with transporting doctors and medical equipment to remote sites. Often, adverse weather conditions or other factors, such as smoke, cause helicopters to divert or abort landings. In addition, many hospitals lack costly ground-based helicopter navigation equipment to provide guidance in bad weather, which may lead to significant delays when time is of the essence.

To continue delivering high level healthcare services, Motol University Hospital upgraded its facilities by implementing an EGNOS landing procedure, allowing helicopters to land safely even under bad weather conditions on the rooftop helipad of the hospital. The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System. It is improving the performance of Global Navigation Satellite Systems by offering an additional layer of accuracy in the landing procedure.

Thanks to EGNOS, the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System, pilots can navigate through the clouds and fog, and land safely at the Prague-based hospital. Hospital accessibility around the clock is crucial for the transportation of critically ill patients and also for operations such as the organ transplant transportation service of Motol Hospital.

“I am delighted that the GSA has been instrumental to the implementation of this procedure and that Motol Hospital now relies on EGNOS to ensure that patients in critical conditions can safely land on its helipad. I am looking forward to making more hospitals accessible across the European Union.’’ says GSA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa. 

“As the director of the Motol University Hospital, I am pleased that the European GNSS Agency (GSA) helped to create and implement a satellite-based procedure for the hospital’s helipad. This will enable using the helipad in adverse weather conditions, while the complicated transfer of patients to emergency will be eliminated. Above all, it will enhance our Transplant Programme as it will allow very quick organ transfer directly from the helicopter to the operating rooms’’, concludes Motol University Hospital Director, Dr. Miloslav Ludvík 

The flight landed early in December 2020, with the participation of the Aviation Service of the Police of the Czech Republic where an Airbus EGNOS-enabled helicopter H135 (EC135) landed successfully at Motol’s helipad with the help of EGNOS.

Read the press release in CZ here and EN here

Watch the video below:

 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Thanks to EGNOS, the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System, pilots can navigate through the clouds and fog, and land safely at the Prague-based hospital.

Helicopter Medical Emergency Flight lands at Motol Hospital thanks to EGNOS (Real Video Demo)

25.2.2021 17:54  
Thanks to EGNOS, the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System, pilots can navigate through the clouds and fog, and land safely at the Prague-based hospital.
Published: 
26 February 2021

Motol University Hospital – Prague’s largest medical facility – embraces EGNOS technology and becomes accessible even under harsh weather conditions.

Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) are crucial in times of crises such as global pandemics, and are an integral part of many healthcare systems across the globe. They help with emergency evacuations and inter-hospital transports across Europe and also with transporting doctors and medical equipment to remote sites. Often, adverse weather conditions or other factors, such as smoke, cause helicopters to divert or abort landings. In addition, many hospitals lack costly ground-based helicopter navigation equipment to provide guidance in bad weather, which may lead to significant delays when time is of the essence.

To continue delivering high level healthcare services, Motol University Hospital upgraded its facilities by implementing an EGNOS landing procedure, allowing helicopters to land safely even under bad weather conditions on the rooftop helipad of the hospital. The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System. It is improving the performance of Global Navigation Satellite Systems by offering an additional layer of accuracy in the landing procedure.

Thanks to EGNOS, the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System, pilots can navigate through the clouds and fog, and land safely at the Prague-based hospital. Hospital accessibility around the clock is crucial for the transportation of critically ill patients and also for operations such as the organ transplant transportation service of Motol Hospital.

“I am delighted that the GSA has been instrumental to the implementation of this procedure and that Motol Hospital now relies on EGNOS to ensure that patients in critical conditions can safely land on its helipad. I am looking forward to making more hospitals accessible across the European Union.’’ says GSA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa. 

“As the director of the Motol University Hospital, I am pleased that the European GNSS Agency (GSA) helped to create and implement a satellite-based procedure for the hospital’s helipad. This will enable using the helipad in adverse weather conditions, while the complicated transfer of patients to emergency will be eliminated. Above all, it will enhance our Transplant Programme as it will allow very quick organ transfer directly from the helicopter to the operating rooms’’, concludes Motol University Hospital Director, Dr. Miloslav Ludvík 

The implementation of this procedure as first in the Czech republic on the hospital helipad has been co-funded by GSA within the EGNOS Adoption CZ project under Aviation Grant Programme.  The demonstration of this approach procedure took place early in December 2020, with the participation of the Aviation Service of the Police of the Czech Republic where an Airbus EGNOS-enabled helicopter H135 (EC135) landed successfully at Motol’s helipad thanks to EGNOS.

Read the press release in CZ here and EN here

Watch the video below:

 

 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Thanks to EGNOS, the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System, pilots can navigate through the clouds and fog, and land safely at the Prague-based hospital.

Helicopter Medical Emergency Flight lands at Motol Hospital thanks to EGNOS (Real Video Demo)

25.2.2021 17:54  
Thanks to EGNOS, the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System, pilots can navigate through the clouds and fog, and land safely at the Prague-based hospital.
Published: 
26 February 2021

Motol University Hospital – Prague’s largest medical facility – embraces EGNOS technology and becomes accessible even under harsh weather conditions.

Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) are crucial in times of crises such as global pandemics, and are an integral part of many healthcare systems across the globe. They help with emergency evacuations and inter-hospital transports across Europe and also with transporting doctors and medical equipment to remote sites. Often, adverse weather conditions or other factors, such as smoke, cause helicopters to divert or abort landings. In addition, many hospitals lack costly ground-based helicopter navigation equipment to provide guidance in bad weather, which may lead to significant delays when time is of the essence.

To continue delivering high level healthcare services, Motol University Hospital upgraded its facilities by implementing an EGNOS landing procedure, allowing helicopters to land safely even under bad weather conditions on the rooftop helipad of the hospital. The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System. It is improving the performance of Global Navigation Satellite Systems by offering an additional layer of accuracy in the landing procedure.

Thanks to EGNOS, the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System, pilots can navigate through the clouds and fog, and land safely at the Prague-based hospital. Hospital accessibility around the clock is crucial for the transportation of critically ill patients and also for operations such as the organ transplant transportation service of Motol Hospital.

“I am delighted that the GSA has been instrumental to the implementation of this procedure and that Motol Hospital now relies on EGNOS to ensure that patients in critical conditions can safely land on its helipad. I am looking forward to making more hospitals accessible across the European Union.’’ says GSA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa. 

“As the director of the Motol University Hospital, I am pleased that the European GNSS Agency (GSA) helped to create and implement a satellite-based procedure for the hospital’s helipad. This will enable using the helipad in adverse weather conditions, while the complicated transfer of patients to emergency will be eliminated. Above all, it will enhance our Transplant Programme as it will allow very quick organ transfer directly from the helicopter to the operating rooms’’, concludes Motol University Hospital Director, Dr. Miloslav Ludvík 

The implementation of this procedure as first in the Czech republic on the hospital helipad has been co-funded by GSA within the EGNOS Adoption CZ project under Aviation Grant Programme.  The demonstration of this approach procedure took place early in December 2020, with the participation of the Aviation Service of the Police of the Czech Republic where an Airbus EGNOS-enabled helicopter H135 (EC135) landed successfully at Motol’s helipad thanks to EGNOS.

Read the press release in CZ here and EN here

Watch the video below:

   

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Thanks to EGNOS, the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System, pilots can navigate through the clouds and fog, and land safely at the Prague-based hospital.

Helicopter Medical Emergency Flight lands at Motol Hospital thanks to EGNOS (Real Video Demo)

25.2.2021 17:54  
Thanks to EGNOS, the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System, pilots can navigate through the clouds and fog, and land safely at the Prague-based hospital.
Published: 
26 February 2021

Motol University Hospital – Prague’s largest medical facility – embraces EGNOS technology and becomes accessible even under harsh weather conditions.

Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) are crucial in times of crises such as global pandemics, and are an integral part of many healthcare systems across the globe. They help with emergency evacuations and inter-hospital transports across Europe and also with transporting doctors and medical equipment to remote sites. Often, adverse weather conditions or other factors, such as smoke, cause helicopters to divert or abort landings. In addition, many hospitals lack costly ground-based helicopter navigation equipment to provide guidance in bad weather, which may lead to significant delays when time is of the essence.

To continue delivering high level healthcare services, Motol University Hospital upgraded its facilities by implementing an EGNOS landing procedure, allowing helicopters to land safely even under bad weather conditions on the rooftop helipad of the hospital. The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System. It is improving the performance of Global Navigation Satellite Systems by offering an additional layer of accuracy in the landing procedure.

Thanks to EGNOS, the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System, pilots can navigate through the clouds and fog, and land safely at the Prague-based hospital. Hospital accessibility around the clock is crucial for the transportation of critically ill patients and also for operations such as the organ transplant transportation service of Motol Hospital.

“I am delighted that the GSA has been instrumental to the implementation of this procedure and that Motol Hospital now relies on EGNOS to ensure that patients in critical conditions can safely land on its helipad. I am looking forward to making more hospitals accessible across the European Union.’’ says GSA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa. 

“As the director of the Motol University Hospital, I am pleased that the European GNSS Agency (GSA) helped to create and implement a satellite-based procedure for the hospital’s helipad. This will enable using the helipad in adverse weather conditions, while the complicated transfer of patients to emergency will be eliminated. Above all, it will enhance our Transplant Programme as it will allow very quick organ transfer directly from the helicopter to the operating rooms’’, concludes Motol University Hospital Director, Dr. Miloslav Ludvík 

The implementation of this procedure as first in the Czech republic on the hospital helipad has been co-funded by GSA within the EGNOS Adoption CZ project under Aviation Grant Programme and coordinated by GNSS Centre of Excellence. The procedure has been designed by Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic and the demonstration of this approach procedure took place early in December 2020, with the participation of the Aviation Service of the Police of the Czech Republic where an Airbus EGNOS-enabled helicopter H135 (EC135) landed successfully at Motol’s helipad thanks to EGNOS.

Read the press release in CZ here and EN here

Watch the video below:

   

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Thanks to EGNOS, the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System, pilots can navigate through the clouds and fog, and land safely at the Prague-based hospital.

Galileo enabling infrastructure development in harsh environments

24.2.2021 11:24  
Galileo-enabled excavators are the only ones able to operate on a tough segment of the Follo Line. ©Besse
Published: 
24 February 2021

At an infrastructure project in Norway, Galileo-enabled machine guidance systems continued to operate in a challenging environment when others had already given up. This had a major impact in terms of work continuity and operating costs, so it is clear that access to Galileo’s differentiators will be a key criterion for industry and service providers when selecting operating systems in the future.

The infrastructure project in question is the Follo Line (Follobanen) - a EUR 2.4-billion high-speed railway project that aims to cut commute times between the Norwegian urban centres of Oslo and Ski by half. The line includes a 19-km tunnel, after which a 2-km section of track is being laid between high sheet pile walls on both sides, to protect passenger trains from falling rocks. 

During construction of this segment, machines used guidance technology from various providers for automated digging enabled by RTK positioning with centimetre-level accuracy. Accuracy at this level is required to ensure proper alignment of the wall segments as well as effective water drainage slopes. 

Differentiators making a difference

As the walls went up, they created a canyon around the construction site. Suddenly, one by one, the machine guidance systems started to fail. Excavators and loaders were grounded for days, incurring costs and delays for the operators. As construction slowly progressed, eventually only those machines with Galileo-enabled 3D guidance systems from  Makin’ - a Scandinavian machine control supplier - equipped with the latest AsteRx-U GNSS receivers from Septentrio, were still operational on the site. 

 “Galileo’s differentiators, such as better multipath mitigation and multi-frequency, together with multi-constellation capability, are delivering real benefits to users. We are working closely with industry to make them aware of these benefits so they can pass them on to their customers,” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

Operators are becoming increasingly aware. “Robust GNSS receivers in our guidance systems helped us get the reputation we needed to become the number one machine control company in Norway in under two years,” said Makin’ Chief Operating Officer Ruben Hensen.

Improved availability and accuracy

The construction site canyon blocked satellite visibility required by the GNSS guidance systems. As traditional GPS systems failed, only receivers that had access to the highest number of positioning satellites continued operating. The multi-constellation capacity of the Septentrio receivers on the Makin’ systems meant that they had access to more satellites, giving them the best positioning availability.

Watch this: What is Multipath?

In addition, the more signals a receiver can access the more information it can gather from the available satellites. For example, Galileo multi-frequency receivers make use of five signals per satellite, while dual-frequency receivers can make use of only two signals. This makes positioning of multi-frequency receivers more reliable in areas where the number of visible satellites is limited. Multi-frequency receivers also improve positioning accuracy by resolving ionospheric errors.

On the rail line project, metal fences around the construction site not only blocked low-elevation satellites but also generated reflected GNSS signals causing multipath. Receivers with access to the Galileo constellation benefit from the multipath mitigation that Galileo signals offer, allowing them to work better in challenging environments. 

When GNSS outages occur, guidance system integrators can lose time and money, while workers in the field get demotivated. From the experience of the Norwegian rail project, it is clear that not all GNSS receivers are made equal, and access to Galileo signals can make all the difference to a machine’s guidance systems when projects get tough. Having a high-quality Galileo-enabled GNSS receiver allows machine control systems to work even in the toughest environments.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Galileo-enabled excavators are the only ones able to operate on a tough segment of the Follo Line. ©Besse

Entrepreneurship Day: second panel revealed!

22.2.2021 14:17  
The most innovative solutions from the MyGalileoDrone and MyGalileoSolution competitions will be presented at Entrepreneurship Day on 2 March.
Published: 
22 February 2021

Following last week’s announcement, we can now unveil the second panel of the upcoming Entrepreneurship Day. Our contestants in the MyGalileoSolution competition - start-ups and entrepreneurs from all over Europe - have been busy polishing their solutions and finalising their pitches for the panel on Enhanced Human & Internet of Things. We are very excited to share what they have been up to and we invite you to register for our event to find out more!

The second panel of GSA’s Entrepreneurship Day looks at how MyGalileoSolution’s proposals under the Enhanced Human & Internet of Things have tapped into the potential for innovation of Galileo and beyond, devising solutions that integrate different technologies such as GNSS, 5G, and IoT, and are versatile enough to respond to very different user needs. 

The competition showed how, thanks to their knowledge and creativity capital, European start-ups can raise up to new challenges, redefining new services and applications for the benefit of a wide range of users. 

Read this: MyGalileoSolution Selected Teams Track 1 and 2

The jury of MyGalileoSolution was impressed by the novel approach taken by many of the teams in this year’s competition. Besides the challenge of evaluating the solutions, based on their societal impact, technical feasibility and business potential, it has been hard to assign the proposals to categories as many of the proposals can serve very different markets. 

Precision, robustness and ubiquity in positioning

The solutions presented in the Enhanced Human & Internet of Things panel focus on improving our lives through interconnected devices by building on Galileo’s capability to deliver extremely precise, robust and ubiquitous positioning and timing information. In this field, Galileo can offer a set of unique features as signal authentication to prevent spoofing, additional frequencies for better accuracy in urban environments, and high accuracy for more demanding applications. The soon to be launched Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS) and the Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA) will bring these benefits to the novel Galileo solutions. As recently announced, the OSNMA service is already in the internal testing phase. 

The MyGalileoSolution finalists offer a wide array of GNSS-based solutions, from autonomous robots to asset management, from a quick response in emergency scenarios to helping the visually impaired in precise orientation. All this is made possible by Galileo’s interoperability with the latest technological trends, as showcased in our White Paper on IoT.

Join us online on 2 March, 2021!

Tune in on March 2 to learn more about all of the breakthrough ideas that you will wish you came up with first! Selected projects will present their solutions to other fellow entrepreneurs and the event participants. You will also have a chance to hear from the industry experts, who will look into the latest GNSS tech trends and innovation. Our start-ups on this panel will discuss:

  • How to save lives and secure valuable assets with cutting edge technology and smart devices?
  • How to optimise and automate maintenance activities in apiculture, viticulture, park, road rail, and power line management with the use of robotics and IoT?
  • How to assist the visually impaired with the help of satellites and sounds?

Register now to find out which application is deemed the most successful by our jury and investors, and is awarded the grand prize. 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).
The most innovative solutions from the MyGalileoDrone and MyGalileoSolution competitions will be presented at Entrepreneurship Day on 2 March.

Entrepreneurship Day: second panel revealed!

22.2.2021 14:17  
The most innovative solutions from the MyGalileoDrone and MyGalileoSolution competitions will be presented at Entrepreneurship Day on 2 March.
Published: 
22 February 2021

Following last week’s announcement, we can now unveil the second panel of the upcoming Entrepreneurship Day. Our contestants in the MyGalileoSolution competition - start-ups and entrepreneurs from all over Europe - have been busy polishing their solutions and finalising their pitches for the panel on Enhanced Human & Internet of Things. We are very excited to share what they have been up to and we invite you to register for our event to find out more!

The second panel of GSA’s Entrepreneurship Day looks at how MyGalileoSolution’s proposals under the Enhanced Human & Internet of Things have tapped into the potential for innovation of Galileo and beyond, devising solutions that integrate different technologies such as GNSS, 5G, and IoT, and are versatile enough to respond to very different user needs. 

The competition showed how, thanks to their knowledge and creativity capital, European start-ups can raise up to new challenges, redefining new services and applications for the benefit of a wide range of users. 

Read this: MyGalileoSolution Selected Teams Track 1 and 2

The jury of MyGalileoSolution was impressed by the novel approach taken by many of the teams in this year’s competition. Besides the challenge of evaluating the solutions, based on their societal impact, technical feasibility and business potential, it has been hard to assign the proposals to categories as many of the proposals can serve very different markets. 

Precision, robustness and ubiquity in positioning

The solutions presented in the Enhanced Human & Internet of Things panel focus on improving our lives through interconnected devices by building on Galileo’s capability to deliver extremely precise, robust and ubiquitous positioning and timing information. In this field, Galileo can offer a set of unique features as signal authentication to prevent spoofing, additional frequencies for better accuracy in urban environments, and high accuracy for more demanding applications. The soon to be launched Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS) and the Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA) will bring these benefits to the novel Galileo solutions. As recently announced, the OSNMA service is already in the internal testing phase. 

The MyGalileoSolution finalists offer a wide array of GNSS-based solutions, from autonomous robots, to asset management, from quick response in emergency scenarios, to helping visually impaired in precise orientation. All this is made possible by Galileo’s interoperability with the latest technological trends, as showcased in our White Paper on IoT.

Join us online on 2 March, 2021!

Tune in on March 2 to learn more about all of the breakthrough ideas that you will wish you came up with first! Selected projects will present their solutions to other fellow entrepreneurs and the event participants. You will also have a chance to hear from the industry experts, who will look into the latest GNSS tech trends and innovation. Our start-ups on this panel will discuss:

  • How to save lives and secure valuable assets with cutting edge technology and smart devices?
  • How to optimise and automate maintenance activities in apiculture, viticulture, park, road rail, and power line management with the use of robotics and IoT?
  • How to assist the visually impaired with the help of satellites and sounds?

Register now to find out which application is deemed the most successful by our jury and investors, and is awarded the grand prize. 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).
The most innovative solutions from the MyGalileoDrone and MyGalileoSolution competitions will be presented at Entrepreneurship Day on 2 March.

More safety and security on two wheels with Galileo

17.2.2021 13:20  
The consortium led by Vitrociset, Spaceexe, Antenna Provider and with the precious contribution of Honda rolled out a device equipped with sensors and a Galileo-enabled receiver that can be integrated into small/medium motorcycles.
Published: 
18 February 2021

Harnessing the benefits of EU Space, the GSA-funded H-Gear project places the safety and security of motorcyclists at the top of the list

In recent years, more and more adults switch to two-wheelers. Congested cities, fuel efficiency, lower environmental impact or simply the sense of freedom while riding are some of the reasons why motorcycles are gaining ground as a favorite means of transport. The double-digit spike in motorbike sales in 2020, notwithstanding the crisis in automotive, clearly underlines this preference. Seeing this shift in transportation patterns and with motorcycles thefts soaring, the H-Gear team developed a twofold solution to provide safety and security to motorcycle drivers by relying on EU Space technology, in particular that of Galileo. 

An anti-theft service inspired by Galileo connected to your smartphone!

The consortium led by Vitrociset, Spaceexe, Antenna Provider and with the precious contribution of Honda rolled out a device equipped with sensors and a Galileo-enabled receiver that can be integrated into small/medium motorcycles. Here’s how it works:  in case the vehicle is moved, an alert message is sent to the owner of the vehicle via a dedicated mobile app. It is then up to the user to decide whether to call the authorities and intervene. The Galileo chipset in the device allows users and the authorities to track down the vehicle but also authenticate that the location is not spoofed thanks the unique Galileo Authentication Service (OS-NMA). The app offers also features such as a parking locator for forgetful riders, and acts as a dashboard storing information on the vehicle status, travelled distance, driving time and speed, and monitoring the battery status, among others.

 

Read also this: eCall: 2 years of saving lives

Security hand in hand with safety

April 2018 marked the entry into force of the eCall, becoming mandatory in all newly produced car models across the Union. eCall is automatically activated as soon as in-vehicle sensors detect a serious crash. Once activated, the system dials the European emergency number 112 and establishes a telephone link to the appropriate emergency call centre. By speeding up emergency response times by 40% in urban areas and 50% in the countryside, it is estimated that eCall could help prevent 2,500 road deaths and save EUR 26 billion every year.

Tapping into the success of the European initiative eCall - an automatic system activated as soon as in-vehicle sensors detect a serious crash, and dialing the European emergency number 112 - the consortium integrated the eCall technology on a Honda motorbike. Once the H-Gear device detects a hard fall, the mobile app is activated, and a menu opens up with the options ‘’SOS Call’’ ‘’Cancel’’ and ‘’Service Center’’. Should this be a light fall and the biker is able to continue their journey, they can simply dismiss by tapping “I’m OK’’.

The mobile app will wait for the user to respond and will not automatically call the emergency services. If the user does not reply within 1 minute, the app will alert the Service Center and an operator will contact them. Failing to respond to the operator’s call, the emergency services will be alerted. The rider’s emergency contacts (provided while setting up the app profile) will also be notified about the incident location as an additional security layer. 

“The characteristics that our clients are looking for are reliability and durability of the motorcycle, with particular attention to safety”, says Francesco Simone, Technical Quality Manager in Honda Italia. “In the future, the eCall and Anti-theft system will integrate perfectly in this evident customer´s need for enhanced protection’’ he concluded.

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The consortium led by Vitrociset, Spaceexe, Antenna Provider and with the precious contribution of Honda rolled out a device equipped with sensors and a Galileo-enabled receiver that can be integrated into small/medium motorcycles.
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