Galileo

The System: Galileo Accomplishes In-Orbit Validation

March 1, 2014By

Galileo Accomplishes In-Orbit Validation Nucleus of Four Now Operational: It “Works, and Works Well” The European Space Agency (ESA) announced fulfillment of the in-orbit validation (IOV) of Galileo on February 10. IOV was achieved with four satellites, the minimum number needed to perform navigation fixes. “IOV was required to demonstrate that the future performance that we want to meet when... read more

SBAS Working Group Looks to Galileo for Aircraft Guidance, Defines L5

February 28, 2014By
Planned GAGAN service coverage for the two different service levels (RNP0.1 and APV1). GAGAN has been jointly undertaken by the Airport Authority of India and the Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO, to achieve smooth transition to satellite-based navigation and seamless air traffic management across continents. GAGAN is designed to provide improved accuracy, availability and integrity necessary to enable users to rely on GPS for all phases of flight, from en route through approach for all qualified airports within the GAGAN service volume. More precisely it is aimed to provide Non Precision Approach RNP0.1 service levels to the entire Indian Flight Information Region and Precision Approach APV1 service (equivalent to the current EGNOS Service) within a specified service volume within Indian land mass.

Plans to harness Galileo and other satnav systems for next-generation satellite augmentation systems for aviation and other high-performance uses took a significant step forward at the latest gathering of worldwide operators and experts, reports the European Space Agency. Satellite augmentation systems combine additional ground stations and satellite transponders to sharpen satnav accuracy and reliability across given geographical regions — based... read more

Septentrio, Imec Co-Design Antenna for High-Precision GNSS

February 24, 2014By
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Imec and Septentrio have collaborated to design multi-frequency GNSS antenna that simultaneously receives all GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo bands. Developed under the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme project Handheld, the compact antenna can be integrated in multi-frequency handheld GNSS devices for high-precision location applications up to 1 centimeter. The announcement came at the Mobile World Conference being held this week... read more

ESA Helps Prepare Satnav Mass Market for Galileo Services

February 18, 2014By
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With the first Galileo services set to begin this year, the European Space Agency (ESA) is working directly with European manufacturers of mass-market satnav chips and receivers to ensure that their products are Galileo-ready. “Our objective is to make sure, ahead of the European Union’s declaration of early Galileo services that mass-market devices are ready and able to make use... read more

ESA Awards Contract to IFEN to Develop Advanced GNSS Signal Test Bed

February 18, 2014By

A contract to design and to deliver an advanced multi-GNSS constellation signal simulator and interface environment testbed was awarded by the European Space Agency (ESA) to IFEN GmbH on October 28, 2013. This contract is concluded in the context of the Signal Test Bed (SIGTB) activities of the European GNSS Evolution Programme (EGEP). In addition to addressing the second generation... read more

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STMicroelectronics’ Chips Ready for Galileo eCall Approval

February 13, 2014By

STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor company, has released its Teseo II single-chip satellite-tracking integrated circuit to the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission Joint Research Center (JRC) for testing for eCall approval. The testing campaign is coordinated by the European GNSS Agency as part of its effort to accelerate Galileo adoption. The Galileo tests will be conducted by the... read more

Galileo Achieves In-Orbit Validation

February 10, 2014By
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The in-orbit validation of Galileo has been achieved, according to the European Space Agency (ESA). Europe now has the operational nucleus of its own satellite navigation constellation in place — the world’s first civil-owned and operated satnav system. Four is the minimum number of satellites needed to perform navigation fixes. In 2011 and 2012, the first four satellites were launched... read more

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Switzerland Joins the EU’s Galileo Program

February 5, 2014By

Switzerland has signed a cooperation agreement to participate in the Galileo and EGNOS programs, the pillars of the EU’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Switzerland will now fully financially participate in the programs, and will retroactively contribute €80 million for the period 2008-2013. The agreement, signed in Brussels December 18, 2013, also covers cooperation in areas such as security, export control,... read more