Maritime in action

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.
SARA offers improved continuity, usability, coverage and security of SAR drone operations.

Harnessing space to save lives at sea

22 May 2020
The migration crisis in recent years has thrown into focus the fact that current technological solutions are simply not capable of saving the lives of all those who get lost at sea. A number of search and rescue services and other state authorities are increasingly using drones to make surveillance operations more efficient. However, drones usually have very limited flight time which is not sufficient for the needs of SAR services. This is where the SARA project comes in.
The EU space programme is helping to support many of the EU’s key policies and goals

EU Space growing #strongertogether: Happy Europe Day

08 May 2020
As the European Union celebrates Europe Day on May 9, we take a look at how the EU space programmes, themselves a result of European cooperation, are helping the European Union achieve concrete goals of a more united and prosperous Europe.
Satellite navigation saves lives every day. Image ©Orolia

Are you aware? Beacons save lives!

06 April 2020
The GNSS world marks Beacon Awareness Day (406 Day) on 6 April. But this celebration also has a more serious purpose - serving as a reminder to the owners of Search and Rescue 406MHz beacons to test them, check their batteries and update their Cospas-Sarsat or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) registration.
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.

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).
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.
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 new SAR information page will provide useful resources to the SAR community.

You asked; we listened: new SAR/Galileo Service status information available

12 December 2019
To support Search and Rescue services and provide general awareness on the related infrastructure, the GNSS Service Centre is publishing relevant SAR/Galileo information, such as the status of the Galileo satellites SAR payload, SAR reference beacons on the ground and the availability of the SAR data server.
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.
The GSA Open Days give the public the opportunity to see for themselves the benefits of EU investment in space

Excited and interested visitors @ GSA Open Days 2019

15 November 2019
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) threw open its doors for the 5th year in a row on 8-9 November to welcome visitors to the GSA Open Days 2019. With a wide range of activities targeted at the general public, this year’s event received nearly 2000 visitors from the Czech Republic and across Europe, including families with kids, young adults interested in science and technology, space enthusiasts and young professionals interested in technology and EU affairs.
EUSW is a unique opportunity to discover cutting-edge Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus applications and meet award-winning entrepreneurs, start-ups and visionaries.

European Space Week: A taste of what to expect

13 November 2019
It’s that time of year again. Preparations are already well underway for European Space Week 2019, which this year will take place at the Helsinki Congress Paasitorni in the Finnish capital on December 3-5. The week will be packed full of exciting events ranging from keynotes, discussions and conference sessions, to the E-GNSS User Assembly, a festive awards ceremony and much more.
The latest issue of the GNSS market Report was eagerly awaited by all market stakeholders.

GNSS Market Report downloaded 1,000 times in first 24 hours

17 October 2019
The sixth issue of the GNSS Market Report from the European GNSS Agency (GSA) has been downloaded over 1,000 times since it was published on the GSA website on October 15. With its comprehensive overview of the current status and future trends on the global GNSS market, the report was eagerly awaited by all market players, from global corporations and SMEs to R&D organisations and academia.
 

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