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.
The EU has just launched a series of calls for proposals for a total of €30.5m covering eight topics in the area of satellite navigation. A further €6.5m will be used for calls for a tender to be published early 2011.
The official EGNOS Portal (www.egnos-portal.eu) is the one-stop point of access, information resource and forum for all those developing and using satellite navigation equipment and applications and aiming to benefit from the enhanced precision and other features of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), Europe’s satellite-based augmentation system.
Antonio Tajani Vice-Président de la Commission Européenne en charge de l'industrie et de l'entrepreneuriat Discours d'ouverture des Galileo applications days Galileo Applications Days Brussels, 3 March 2010
Live demonstrations of cutting-edge satellite navigation applications and a three-day conference in Brussels promoting the use of EGNOS and Galileo will be part of the launch of this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC).