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European Satellite Navigation Competition 2013 kicked off in Vienna

13 May 2013
The 21st European Navigation Conference culminated with the international kick-off for this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC). For 2013 this prestigious competition has prizes totalling € 1 million.

Are you the next EGNOS Application Entrepreneur?

07 May 2013
With the official international kick-off for the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) in Vienna on 25th of April, entries are now open for the 2013 GSA Special Topic Prize. Innovative ideas with business potential using European GNSS are once more being sought with a valuable business prize on offer for the best product or service concept.

GSA executive director hails paradigm shift from development to services

06 May 2013
Historically the main focus of the GSA has been the development of the Galileo and EGNOS satellite systems; but GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides sees service delivery as the main key to the success of the agency over the next seven years.

New EGNOS Open Service Definition released!

26 April 2013
The European Commission has released version 2.0 of the EGNOS Open Service Definition Document (SDD). The revised document reflects recent improvements in EGNOS geographic coverage and other enhancements.

GSA and the European Commission meet the mobile developer community at Mobile World Congress

24 April 2013
As the mobile industry continues to grow, new opportunities open up for collaboration with the European space industry. Michel Bosco from European Commission, Head of Application Development for the Galileo and EGNOS programs, was present at Mobile World Congress explaining the mobile developers what are the upcoming challenges and opportunities brought by Galileo & EGNOS.

EGNOS: Key to RUC interoperability

15 April 2013
Road User Charging (RUC) is a hot topic in Europe and globally. The clear case for satellite based systems that offer a sustainable, lower cost solution and can facilitate interoperability between national and regional systems was made to the recent 10th Annual RUC Conference in Brussels on 5 and 6 March.

Road User Charging: Belgian insights

12 April 2013
Belgium is making preparations for introducing a Road User Charging (RUC) scheme for heavy vehicles. This scheme could potentially be extended to all vehicles across the country in a few years time. Meanwhile a small case study in the Belgian city of Leuven has shown how a RUC scheme based on satellite technology could help relieve congestion and change driver behaviour.

GSA SME showcase success in Prague

10 April 2013
Since relocating to Prague, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) has worked to engage the business community with the many opportunities offered by the EU’s space programmes. On 27 March the GSA’s HQ hosted a very successful workshop for Czech SMEs and other business organisations and individuals to present the potential of this major growth area.

Mapping gravity more accurately

08 April 2013
By combining GNSS and EGNOS augmented positioning with airborne inertial measurements and a global gravity model, also derived from space-based technology, the Galileo for Gravity project is developing an accurate, cost effective gravimetry surveying service. This has tremendous potential for enhancing activities such as mineral prospecting and a wide range of other commercial and academic applications.

President Barroso visits GSA Prague HQ

04 April 2013
Yesterday (Wednesday 3 April), the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso visited the European Global Navigation and Satellite System Agency (GSA) in Prague. He saw how the GSA is managing the Galileo and EGNOS programmes on behalf of the Commission and was briefed on developments in these exciting and valuable European space programmes.

Hungarian European Space Expo!

03 April 2013
Hungary is clearly keen on space technology with more than 17 500 visitors passing through the doors of the European Space Expo in Budapest at the end of March. The free exhibition featuring Europe’s Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus programmes was a big hit with Hungarian citizens of all ages during its first excursion into eastern Europe!

Curved approach lands benefits

02 April 2013
EGNOS ensures that satellite navigation signals can be used for safety-critical applications such as guiding aircraft during their approach to airports and other in-flight manoeuvres. The FilGAPP FP7 project is working to develop advanced EGNOS-based navigation procedures that can deliver tangible benefits to the civil air sector across Europe and beyond.

Aerial assistance for agriculture

25 March 2013
Precision agriculture is an area where satellite-enabled services have made a big impact. But sometimes the weather gets in the way or farmers need very high resolution data. Now EGNOS is being used to help develop a flexible ‘camera in the sky’ service that can provide the essential data that farms need, when they need it.

GENIUS Professional Training Programme

15 March 2013
Fundamentals of GNSS Mar 4th to 6th 2013, GSA Headquarters, Prague, Czech Republic.

Breaking the ‘chicken and egg’ paradigm

14 March 2013
Which came first: the chicken or the egg? It is an old puzzle, but applicable to many contemporary situations. For instance, in the aviation sector adoption of EGNOS-enabled navigation procedures needs acceptance from all sides - airports, aircraft manufacturers, operators and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) – to realise maximum benefits for all. The Accepta project is working to break inertia in the sector and accelerate adoption of EGNOS technologies.