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Mass rescue operation takes place in the Arctic Circle with Galileo SAR at the forefront

12 October 2021
Just 60 nautical miles off Svalbard, in the freezing arctic waters, the second-largest rescue operation was deemed successful thanks to Galileo Search and Rescue capabilities.
AMRO 2021 which stands for Arctic Mass Rescue Operation was a full-scale live exercise that took place on Friday 8 October 2021 organized by the Norwegian authorities.

#EUSpace 4 Our planet VOL II: Safeguarding our ecosystems

23 July 2021
Copernicus imagery and reference data coupled with EGNOS and Galileo positioning data enable the development of new services and applications that can act as a protective shield to the natural habitats of our planet.
By monitoring the levels of methane leaks or CO2 emissions we are able to assess if the EU environmental policies in place are effective and adapt them accordingly if needed.

EU Space on a new trajectory with launch of EUSPA

12 May 2021
The European Union Agency for the Space Programme, EUSPA, is launched today marking the start of a new era for EU Space. Building on the legacy of the European GNSS Agency, EUSPA will take on more responsibilities to create even more opportunities from Space for EU citizens and its economy.
The creation of EUSPA will create opportunities for a stronger EU role in space

GSA congratulates Search and Rescue teams on #406Day2021

06 April 2021
Beacon Awareness Day (#406Day) on April 6 is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing work carried out by Search and Rescue teams around the world that risk their lives on a daily basis to save people in distress. It also aims to remind the owners of Search and Rescue beacons the need to register their beacon and test them in a regular basis, in particular for what concerns their batteries and, for those already registered, to update their Cospas-Sarsat contact details.
SAR beacons save 7 lives every day around the world.

Standard published for remote activation of aircraft distress tracking beacons using the Search and Rescue (SAR) Return Link Service as offered by Galileo

05 March 2021
The EUROCAE “ED-277 - Minimum Aviation System Performance Standard for Aircraft Emergency Locator Transmitter Remote Command Via Return Link Service” has been published and is available. It describes the characteristics of remote command via the Return Link Service for Emergency Locator Transmitter Distress Tracking - ELT(DT) - in particular for remote beacon activation and deactivation. Today, only Galileo provides Return Link capability.
The standard is targeted at service providers and users of the Galileo Return Link Service.

Happy birthday Galileo Search And Rescue (SAR) Return Link Service!

25 January 2021
A year after declared operational, the Galileo Return Link Service has been exceeding the performance levels committed in the SAR/Galileo Service Definition Document. With the recent upgrade in its European ground facilities, Galileo SAR is leading the way as an important component of the International Cospas-Sarsat Programme.
The first Galileo-enabled PLB featuring the Return Link Service is available in 18 European countries

The Galileo Search and Rescue ground facilities are now upgraded for MEOSAR Full Operational Capability performance

18 December 2020
The latest upgrades carried out on the SAR/Galileo Local User Terminals of Spain, Cyprus and Norway, earlier in the summer are helping the International COSPAS-SARSAT Programme transition towards MEOSAR completion.

Let us have your feedback on Galileo/EGNOS – User satisfaction survey launched

14 December 2020
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is launching the 2020 editions of its Galileo User Satisfaction Survey and EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey. These surveys play an important role in the evolution of the EGNSS programmes by feeding users’ needs and requirements into programme development.
Give us your feedback and help shape the Galileo and EGNOS services of the future

High accuracy and synergies in focus at UCP

08 December 2020
European Space Week 2020 kicked off on Monday 7 December with the User Consultation Platform (UCP) plenary, where users from different market segments presented the results of work carried out during the UCP over the previous week. Copernicus users were included in the UCP for the first time, and possible services and applications arising from synergies between Copernicus and Galileo were very much in focus.
UCP feedback will help improve current services and shape future service developments

UCP: your chance to shape the future of the EU Space Programme services

26 November 2020
The 3rd edition of the User Consultation Platform (UCP) for the European Space Programme will take place on 1-2 December, ahead of European Space Week 2020. This is a unique opportunity for the rapidly expanding community of space tech users to inform the organisations and institutions that oversee the programme of their experience and requirements, helping to shape the future evolution of the system. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your say – register now.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to shape the future of EU Space

Precise Point Positioning opens up new possibilities for mass market applications

03 November 2020
Precise Point Positioning is becoming an attractive alternative technique to RTK, removing GNSS system errors to provide global high accuracy positioning, HERE has recently introduced the service HERE HD GNSS Positioning, a cloud-based service that provides sub-meter positioning for devices equipped with GNSS receivers.
With HERE HD GNSS Positioning drivers can enjoy accurate lane-level navigation to take the right highway exit

Registrations for the 3rd User Consultation Platform are now open: it’s your chance to shape next-generation space applications.

27 October 2020
The EU Space Programme is evolving and so are the needs and requirements of its user community. The 3rd edition of the User Consultation Platform (UCP) will be held on 1-2 December 2020 as part of the preparatory phase of the 2020 European Space Week. The Consultation is open to user communities, industries, service providers and R&D leveraging space for the creation of applications, businesses, and innovation.
The User Consultation Platform (UCP) is a biennial event involving a wide range of users from 12 different market segments.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) releases the 3rd GNSS User Technology Report

19 October 2020
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has just released its latest GNSS User Technology Report, providing a comprehensive analysis of latest GNSS trends and developments. With four Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) available and more than 100 satellites in operation broadcasting multiple frequencies, the GNSS industry is shifting towards the wide adoption of multifrequency receivers across market segments to meet the diverging user needs of emerging applications.
The full GNSS User Technology Report 2020 is available for download

New Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency takes up office

16 October 2020
On 16 October 2020, Rodrigo da Costa took up his duties as Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency (GSA), soon to become the EU Space Programme Agency. He was elected by the GSA Administrative Board on 15 September 2020 and met with the ITRE Committee of the European Parliament on 12 October 2020.
Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency

The latest Galileo Performance Reports are here

15 October 2020
Galileo OS and SAR Service Performance Reports for the second quarter of 2020 (covering April, May and June) have just been published on the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) web portal.
In Q2-2020, Open Service and the SAR Service performance figures generally exceed the MPL targets.