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Galileo supports compliance with ICAO SAR requirements

04 November 2018
Galileo supports compliance with new Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) from the International Civil Aviation Organisation relating to the location of an aeroplane in distress. This and other benefits of European GNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) for the aviation sector were in focus at the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) General Assembly, which took place on 9-11 October in Edinburg, UK.
Visitors to the GSA stand are briefed on LPV procedures

GSA partners with Septentrio in ERL Emergency 2019

29 October 2018
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is partnering with GNSS receiver manufacturer Septentrio to award a prize in the ERL Emergency Local Tournament 2019, which aims to foster advanced developments of autonomous capabilities and seamless navigation for emergency robotic systems.
ERL Emergency 2019 is targeting autonomous capabilities and seamless navigation for emergency robotic systems

FLAG consolidated as group to promote EGNSS in rotorcraft emergency response

23 October 2018
Following its success in advising the 5-LIVES H2020 research and development project, the Five Lives Advisory Group (FLAG) of helicopter users has now been consolidated as the European focal point for coordination and harmonisation of the implementation of satellite-based rotorcraft operations and, with the support of GSA, will continue its work on the early implementation of satellite-based rotorcraft operations for emergency response.
The GSA-funded 5-LIVES project provides innovative EGNSS-based solutions for helicopter rescue operations

ERL Emergency 2019 – robots to the rescue!

15 October 2018
In emergency situations, robotic systems play a key role in providing rescue teams with remote access to an emergency site. The ERL Emergency Local Tournament 2019 aims to foster advanced developments of autonomous capabilities and seamless navigation for emergency robotic systems.
ERL Emergency 2019 is targeting autonomous capabilities and seamless navigation for emergency robotic systems

New EGNOS Safety-of-Life Service Definition Document Published

01 October 2018
The new EGNOS Safety-of-Life Service Definition Document, published by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), highlights the service’s extended coverage area.
A highlight of the new SDD is the significant extension to the declared service area that has been achieved.

GSA-funded project delivering MAGNIFIC results in Africa

16 July 2018
The MAGNIFIC project promoted international cooperation with a view to enabling the development of EGNSS applications in Africa. Several months after the project ended it is continuing to deliver results, as indicated by a recent contract signed by Togo and Thales Alenia Space to install a new search and rescue (SAR) ground station in Lomé.
MAGNIFIC demonstrated the benefits of EGNSS to African stakeholders. ©Panorama

GSA hosts Cospas-Sarsat meeting

14 June 2018
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) hosted Cospas-Sarsat participants at its Prague headquarters on 5-11 June 2018, at a meeting to address matters related to the evolution of the Medium-Altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) system.

GPS and Galileo working together will make the world more precise

07 May 2018
Keynote address at the 34th Space Symposium, the premier space event in the world, reviewed the achievements of the European Union’s (EU) flagship space programmes– Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus – and outlined the three paradigms driving future EU space policies.
Tomasz Husak delivers his keynote address at the 34th Space Symposium (April 17, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A).

GNSS: addressing the challenges of Arctic navigation

24 April 2018
Participants in the Challenges in Arctic Navigation workshop in Olos, Muonio, Finland on April 16-18 discussed how GNSS can address some of the difficulties posed by navigation in the Arctic, in addition to how satellite navigation itself can be improved in the region, which is also a challenging environment for GNSS.

Fourth SAR/Galileo IS Quarterly Performance Report available

06 April 2018
The last SAR/Galileo Initial Service Quarterly Performance Report of 2017 (from October to December) has been published in the Performance Reports section of the GSC web portal.
Galileo Initial Open Service and SAR Service performance figures exceed Minimum Performance Level targets in Q4.

EGNOS shows the way at 2018 World ATM Congress

15 March 2018
EGNOS and Galileo were at the World Air Traffic Management (ATM) Congress in Madrid from 6 to 8 March to highlight the vital and increasing role of European GNSS (EGNSS) in the aviation sector enabling simplified, safe and integrated ATM for all aircraft from civil airliners to autonomous drones. On 6 March, funding for research, development, innovation and implementation opportunities worth more than €300 million for EGNSS related aviation projects were presented in a special conference session.

IALA publishes guidelines on using EGNOS for maritime navigation

08 February 2018
The new guidelines aim to foster safer and more efficient maritime travel through the use of satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS).
The new IALA guidelines provide information for any maritime authority wishing to understand where SBAS information could be used to support the mariner and how to employ such data.

GEO-VISION solutions help emergency responders to save lives

02 February 2018
The RAIDO and AGILE solutions developed by partners in the project GEO-VISION (GNSS-driven EO and Verifiable Image and Sensor Integration for mission-critical Operational Networks) increase the situational awareness of emergency services and allow first responders to check the integrity of the GNSS signals they receive, increasing the efficiency of the emergency response and helping to save more lives.

Broadcom announces world’s first dual frequency GNSS receiver for smartphones

21 September 2017
Broadcom Limited, a leading developer of digital and analogue semiconductor connectivity solutions, recently announced the launch of the world’s first mass-market, dual frequency GNSS receiver device for smartphones, the BCM47755.

GSA comes to the rescue!

04 July 2017
The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) presented two exciting Galileo ‘search and rescue’ (SAR) projects - GRICAS and HELIOS - at the Paris International Air Show in June.