A number of initiatives across Europe are currently testing a number of practical road transport applications based on the increased accuracy and reliability of the EGNOS and Galileo satellite navigation technologies.
Delegates to the biannual TRA forum on road transport research in Brussels in June 2010 heard the latest developments from a number of collaborative initiatives which are taking technologies from the drawing board into the real world.
The European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA) has awarded its European Satellite Navigation Competition Special Topic Prize at the prestigious Residenz in Munich, Germany. The honour went to a new precise outdoor navigation system for smartphones.
The successful completion of two EGNOS demonstration flight tests, carried out within the framework of the EU-funded GIANT-2 project, illustrates the potential value of EGNOS in improving aviation safety and efficiency throughout Europe.
The European Commission expects Galileo and EGNOS to help secure a bigger share of the space technology market and bring European independence in a sector that is important for its economy and for the well being of its citizens. Its new mid-term review also confirms considerable progress for the EGNOS programme, which increases the accuracy of signals from existing satellite navigation systems such as GPS.
Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are finding ever-more applications in many industries and areas of life. To react to the growing interest and demand in the field, the Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC) and the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE), both based in Toulouse, France, are launching a new Master of Science (MSc) in GNSS programme.
The projected benefits of EGNOS for regional airports on the African continent are numerous, including safer landings, increased efficiency, reliable services for passengers and better access to remote regions with less well equipped airports.
The Technology Transfer Programme of the European Space Agency (ESA) will hold an Investment Forum for start-up companies and small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) from 19-20 May 2010 in Stuttgart, Germany.
The 23 projects selected for the GSA’s first call for funding under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) demonstrate a wide range of innovative proposals for developing satellite navigation applications and services in the European marketplace.
The market for satellite-based navigation is growing steadily. This growth will accelerate over the next decade due to the introduction of new navigation systems, in particular Europe’s Galileo.
With the handover of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) to the European Community on 1 April, a more accurate satellite location positioning is now publicly available on an “as is” basis.
The milestone was achieved when the European Commission took over ownership of EGNOS’ infrastructure on behalf of the Community from the European Space Agency. It paves the way for EGNOS to begin formal operations later this year.