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E.g., 30/03/2020
Apps leveraging GNSS precise positioning can be used to effectively track and map the spread of the virus.

Calling for GNSS apps supporting authorities and citizens in the COVID-19 emergency response and recovery

27 March 2020
Precise location is a key requirement when attempting to monitor and map the spread of a disease and GNSS is one of the main tools supporting this. Galileo, currently embedded in over 1.3 billion smartphones and devices worldwide, is helping to increase GNSS accuracy and availability, especially in urban areas. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus earlier this year, many apps have been developed that use GNSS precise location to monitor the global spread of the virus and to map outbreaks of the COVID-19 disease. GNSS-apps are also proving their usefulness by helping people to implement social distancing in queues and other public spaces.
Raw Galileo targeted the use of GNSS raw measurements and high accuracy to produce innovative solutions.

Hackers take on Raw Galileo challenge

23 March 2020
Hackers came together online at the Raw Galileo 24-hour hackathon over the weekend to develop innovative solutions that leverage Galileo raw measurements for use on Android-based mobile devices. Organized by the University of Nottingham and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) as a part of the FLAMINGO project, the hackathon challenged the participants to develop solutions addressing two key challenges, enticing them with a prize pot of EUR 6000.
Users in the geomatics community are already very aware of the benefits that EGNSS offers.

Celebrating the GNSS surveying community

20 March 2020
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) joins the 2020 Global Surveyors Day, to celebrate the men and women of the surveying profession and their valuable work across a wide range of geomatics applications including land surveying (cadastral, construction, mapping and GIS, mining and infrastructure monitoring) and offshore surveying. The surveying industry and community have been an early adopter of Galileo and EGNOS leveraging on the high-precision positioning to develop new services and applications.
Point.IoT aims to leverage Galileo to drive innovation in IoT.

Harnessing Galileo to shape the future of IoT

16 March 2020
Point.IoT, an exciting new programme designed to empower innovation using Galileo and IoT technologies, is offering 10 teams of ambitious entrepreneurs the chance to tackle relevant industry challenges while showcasing the use of European positioning technologies in IoT. The winning team stands to win a cash prize of EUR 20,000. Interested? Apply now!
The competition aims to promote agricultural efficiency through the use of space tech.

Farming by Satellite 2020: on your marks, get set, applications open on 16 March

13 March 2020
Registration for the 5th Farming by Satellite Prize, which aims to promote the use of EGNSS and Earth observation in European and African agriculture, will open on 16 March. If you are a young innovator with an idea for using satellite technologies to enable sustainable farming practices, improve efficiency in agriculture and reduce its environmental impact, this is your chance to win some great prizes!
The SAR/Galileo Forward and Return Link Services comfortably exceed set targets.

Galileo Return Link Service delivers excellent performance

11 March 2020
The first performance evaluation of the Galileo Return Link Service (RLS) following its launch has revealed excellent service provision that exceeds set targets. The Galileo RLS, which allows people in distress to receive automatic acknowledgement that their signal has been received, was declared operational at the 12th European Space Conference on January 21.
Space applications can help improve the efficiency of agricultural production and reduce its environmental impact.

GSA to host EO4AGRI workshop

02 March 2020
Space applications in support of more efficient agricultural operations and optimised food processing in Europe will be in focus at the EO4AGRI workshop, to be held at the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Prague headquarters on 16-17 March.

Fundamental Elements call targets shipborne double-frequency receivers

27 February 2020
The European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) has recently launched a call for proposals under its Fundamental Elements funding mechanism targeting the development of a shipborne dual-frequency multi-constellation (DFMC) receiver that leverages the differentiators of European GNSS (EGNOS and Galileo).
A number of funding opportunities are available to entrepreneurs and researchers.

Looking for funding? The EIC may have something for you!

26 February 2020
The European Innovation Council (EIC) has as its goal to put Europe on top of the next wave of breakthrough and disruptive innovation that creates new markets. Space-based technology fits this profile and there are number of funding opportunities available under open EIC calls that may be of interest to space-tech innovators.
The SuperHalfs is a series of the world’s leading half marathons.

Galileo gives major backing to SuperHalfs Series

18 February 2020
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) and SuperHalfs are delighted to announce that Galileo has thrown its support behind the international half marathon series and will become the Presenting Partner. The news comes as thousands prepare to plot their running journey across the continent.
The next generation of EGNOS will support a growing user base in the EU and beyond

EGNOS payload enters service on EUTELSAT 5 West B

14 February 2020
The GEO-3 payload of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS), hosted aboard the EUTELSAT 5 West B satellite, has successfully entered into service. The satellite was successfully launched on a Proton M/Breeze M launch vehicle from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on 9 October last year.
Both Galileo and Copernicus have a role to play in Europe’s security and defence.

Space is an enabler of security and defence

07 February 2020
Although it has been a taboo at the European level up to now, the time has come to break this taboo and to recognise that space is an enabler of security and defence, with a defence dimension for Galileo and a security element for Copernicus, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said at the 12th Space Policy Conference in Brussels on 22 January.
The RLS was successfully tested with a Kannad SafePro emergency position indicating radio beacon.

Successful Galileo Return Link demonstration with market-ready beacon

05 February 2020
The recent successful activation of the Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) Return Link Service was very much in the spotlight at a press event held at the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Prague headquarters on February 3. At the ‘GNSS for #EUProtect’ event, which focused on the contribution of European GNSS to emergency response and civil protection in Europe, the SAR Return Link was successfully tested, demonstrating an impressive response time.
Galileo performance reports, which measure the system’s performance against  Minimum Performance Levels, are published on a quarterly basis.

Galileo performance assessment

31 January 2020
The Galileo performance is reported in the Galileo Initial Services – Open Service – Quarterly Performance Report, where several key performance indicators are analysed according to criteria (Minimum Performance Levels, MPLs) defined in the Galileo Service Definition document (SDD), published in the European GNSS Service Centre and last updated in May 2019.
Carlo des Dorides and his team at GSA headquarters in Prague

‘I am a true believer in the European project’ - Carlo des Dorides talks about his time at GSA

30 January 2020
Carlo des Dorides took up his position as executive director of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) on February 1, 2011. In the nine years since then, the Galileo programme has progressed from a project on paper to an operational programme with over a billion users around the globe. As his term at the helm of the Agency draws to an end, the GSA executive director looks back at the successes and challenges of the past nine years and speaks about his hopes for the future.


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