Aviation in action

Vilnius Airport is the first of 3 airports in the country to upgrade to EGNOS by the end of the year

EGNOS procedures implemented in Vilnius

23 July 2020
EGNOS procedures were launched at Vilnius Airport in Lithuania on 18 June 2020 as part of the EGNOS Lithuania project. Funded under the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Aviation Grant Programme, EGNOS Lithuania aims to implement 5 LPV approach procedures at the three biggest airports in Lithuania: Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga.
Teams should submit their initial ideas by 31 August 2020.

MyGalileoDrone contest open for submissions!

17 July 2020
The European GNSS Agency (GSA), the operational agency of the European Commission for Galileo and EGNOS, is launching its MyGalileoDrone competition on July 17. This contest is targeting the design and development of drone-based applications or services, using a Galileo/EGNOS-enabled receiver, that address the EU’s key priorities such as the Green Deal, and support the EU Recovery Plan for Europe. Initial ideas should be submitted by 31 August. A wide participation from all Member States is expected.
Galileo Masters: a springboard for next-generation space applications

Galileo Masters: a springboard for your ideas

17 June 2020
Have an idea that uses Galileo positioning to address a pressing societal challenge? Take it to the next level by entering it in this year’s Galileo Masters competition. Every year, the Galileo Masters acts as a springboard for exciting new ideas and awards new applications and services that use Galileo and EGNOS, also in synergy with other space programmes, to respond to pressing needs facing business and society.
Collins Aerospace Global Landing Unit (GLU), GLU-2100 MMR, single frequency GPS L1 receiver, prototyped upgraded to support a GPS and Galileo DFMC GNSS and used as a baseline for the development of the ARAIM algorithm

Global ARAIM for Dual-Constellation webinar took place on 24 June 2020

12 June 2020
A webinar was organised by the Global ARAIM for Dual-Constellation (GLAD) project, co-funded by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), which is developing the Advanced Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM) prototype receiver under the Fundamental Elements programme. It took place on 24 June 2020 and covered the ARAIM concept and GLAD activities during the prototyping and demonstration of the results.
EGNOS, like the other EU space programmes, has a key role to play in the COVID-19 response

EGNOS key for emergency and medical operations in EU COVID-19 response

29 May 2020
The European Space Programmes are playing a key role in managing the COVID-19 pandemic and in particular in supporting emergency and medical operations in all weather, anytime, when they are most needed. We have talked to air ambulance and emergency operators using EGNOS about their experience and how EGNOS is helping them to take care of EU citizens, operate more effectively in these difficult times and save lives.
Having benefitted users in the EU for 15 years, EGNOS is now broadening its horizons.

EGNOS goes from strength to strength

27 May 2020
EGNOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service, has been augmenting the GPS signal and providing services to users in Europe since its initial operations back in June 2005. About to celebrate its 15th anniversary, the system is going from strength to strength, with its coverage area set to expand and work towards the next generation EGNOS V3 well underway.
Space technologies are a key asset in the fight for a greener, more sustainable planet.

Looking to space for solutions on Earth Day

22 April 2020
Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22. Since its early days back in the seventies, Earth Day has striven to build the world’s largest environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and the planet. As an engine of this transformative change, space tech supports the goals of Earth Day by enabling innovative solutions that promote sustainable economic growth that is decoupled from resource use.
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.
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.
The Galileo Return Link Service will increase survival rates by giving an important psychological boost to people in distress.

Galileo Return Link Service declared at European Space Conference

21 January 2020
The Galileo Return Link Service, which allows people in distress to receive automatic acknowledgement that their signal has been received, was declared operational at the 12th European Space Conference, in the Egmont Palace in Brussels on January 21.
EGNSS-enabled drone flying in the urban environment of Villacarrillo, Spain

EC project showcases benefits of EGNSS for drones

16 January 2020
A recent project funded by the European Commission has carried out technical and financial studies aiming at supporting the standardisation process for EGNSS in drones (also known as UAS or RPAS), in line with the Space Strategy for Europe regarding fostering the use of EGNSS in aviation.
Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director

A message from Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director

20 December 2019
This has been a year of tremendous growth for the GSA, Galileo, EGNOS and the European Space Programme as a whole. We hit the ground running in 2019, buoyed by a wave of optimism following the successful European Space Week, held in in Marseille last December.
The materials identify blocking points to a wider uptake of EGNOS-based procedures in general aviation

Instrument flying supported by EGNOS for General Aviation

20 December 2019
Even though the General Aviation (GA) community undertakes millions of flights on aircraft equipped with GNSS-receivers, it is not taking full advantage of the technology. It is a priority of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) to support GA by facilitating instrument procedures with EGNOS. As a first step the GSA has identified enablers and blocking points along with aviation stakeholders and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Synergies between satellite observation, navigation and communications support the most effective disaster management response

Galileo and EGNOS: supporting effective disaster management

19 December 2019
When an emergency or a disaster hits a city or region, the priorities are to care for the wounded, restore infrastructure, provide logistics and basic services, and then to restore livelihoods and reconstruct communities. European GNSS – Galileo and EGNOS – supports applications and the delivery of critical services during the four key phases of the disaster management life cycle: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.
The GNSS User Needs and Requirements series is based on a systematic consultation with users of position, navigation, and time services and technologies.

Latest updates to Reports on User Needs and Requirements released

19 November 2019
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has released updates to its Reports on User Needs and Requirements. This series of reports is compiled following a systematic process of consultation with the community of users of position, navigation, and time services and technologies. Thanks to these consultations it is possible to take users’ needs and requirements into account in the short and long-term evolution of European GNSS.
 

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