Today the European GNSS Agency (GSA) published a contract notice in the Official Journal of the European Union inviting operators to bid for the provision of EGNOS services over the 2014-2021 period. This contract will consist in operating, maintaining and upgrading the EGNOS system infrastructure, and ensuring the continuous and safe provision of the three services offered by EGNOS.
The Commercial Service, which potentially addresses the authentication and high-precision market segments, will deliver innovative services with improved performance and greater added-value than those obtained through the Open Service.
This year's European Satellite Navigation Competition "GSA Special Topic Prize" for EGNOS goes to CATUAV, a small company in Catalonia that is developing a Mini-UAV Traffic Collision Avoidance System, harnessing the power of EGNOS to bring mini-UAVs into their own in civil aviation.
The European Commission has introduced free, downloadable and ready-to-use Toolkits to help anyone develop enhanced location and timing applications that harness the power of Europe’s EGNOS satellite-based augmentation system.
Satellite navigation is already changing our lives. The search is on for new ideas that could use the European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) to improve life further. The GSA is offering a prize for the best proposal that uses the new EGNOS ‘Safety-of-Life Service’.
The new Executive Director of the GSA, Carlo des Dorides, is confident that Europe’s satellite sector is entering an exciting era. Having spent almost seven years directly involved with the Galileo and EGNOS programmes, three years in the air traffic management and thirteen years in the private aerospace sector, the Italian brings with him a wealth of experience and an understanding of the complexities involved.
The European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA) awarded its 2010 European Satellite Navigation Competition Special Topic Prize at the prestigious Residenz in Munich, Germany. The winner of this year's prize, for the most promising EGNOS application, believe their augmented reality system will be a “game changer” for personal navigation.