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Galileo satellite team wins European Inventor Award

June 16, 2017By

The invisible signals that Europe’s Galileo satellites are beaming down to the world are officially award-winning: the team behind their design has won the European Inventor Award, run by the European Patent Office, reports the European Space Agency. The 12th European Inventor Award (Research) was given at a special ceremony on 15 June at the Arsenale di Venezia in Venice,... read more

Thales signs contract to upgrade Europe’s EGNOS

June 9, 2017By

The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a contract with Thales Alenia Space for an upgrade to Europe’s EGNOS satellite navigation augmentation system, which underpins the safety-critical use of satnav across Europe, according to ESA. Designed by ESA and being exploited by Europe’s GNSS Agency (GSA), the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) improves the precision of GPS signals over... read more

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Galileo signal team nominated for invention award

June 2, 2017By

The engineering team behind the signal technology underpinning Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system has reached the final of this year’s European Inventor Award, run by the European Patent Office, reported the European Space Agency. The team is led by Spanish engineer José Ángel Ávila Rodríguez — now part of ESA’s Galileo team — and his French colleague Laurent Lestarquit from France’s... read more

Galileo clock anomalies under investigation

January 19, 2017By

The European Space Agency (ESA) issued a press release addressing the Galileo clock failures reported Jan. 18. GPS World Innovation editor Richard Langley provided the following summary of the satellites and clocks involved, based on information we have received to date. 5 satellites affected: 3 IOVs, 2 FOCs Total of 10 failures; 1 fixed; so 9 continuing failures 5 masers... read more

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Galileo declares Initial Services

December 15, 2016By

At a Dec. 15 ceremony in Brussels titled “Galileo Goes Live,” two high officials of the European Commission issued the Galileo Initial Services Declaration. The Declaration of Initial Services means that the Galileo satellites and ground infrastructure are now operationally ready. These signals will be highly accurate but not available all the time, since the constellation is not yet complete... read more

Directions 2017: The year of Galileo

December 9, 2016By

I write at an especially exciting moment for the Galileo satellite navigation system, as two flagship European programmes combine for the very first time. Mid-November will see the very first Galileo launch using an Ariane 5 launcher from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, in place of the Soyuz that has served the constellation up until now. Four instead of two... read more

EGNOS awarded by aerospace academy

December 5, 2016By

News from the European Space Agency The multi-agency team behind the ESA-designed EGNOS augmentation system — making it possible for European aircraft to safely rely on satnav signals — has received a prestigious award from France’s national aerospace academy. As our region’s own satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS), the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) improves the precision of GPS signals over... read more

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Europe EGNOS technology sold to South Korea

November 30, 2016By

News from the European Space Agency Technology developed as part of Europe’s satellite navigation-augmenting EGNOS system has been sold to South Korea to serve its national equivalent system. Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with South Korea’s space agency, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, to supply ground infrastructure for the Korea Augmentation Satellite System (KASS) on behalf of the... read more

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