EUSPA plays a crucial role in supporting the EU Space industry throughout the innovation cycle, providing funding and market intelligence. One of the notable tools that has significantly contributed to the adoption of Galileo is the Fundamental Elements programme. This R&D funding mechanism is specifically designed to support the development of innovative chipset, antenna, and receiver technologies.
By leveraging the Fundamental Elements programme, EUSPA accelerates the integration of Galileo into market-ready devices and solutions.
The objectives can be summarized as follows:
- Facilitate the adoption of EGNSS (European Global Navigation Satellite Systems), leveraging innovative services and differentiators.
- Enhance the competitiveness of the EU industry in the global market.
- Address user needs in critical market segments.
- Maximize the benefits of Galileo for European citizens.
Projects funded through the Fundamental Elements programme play a pivotal role in EUSPA's mission to drive the development and market uptake of Galileo-enabled receivers. These initiatives contribute to the growth and success of the EU Space industry, fostering innovation and ensuring the wide availability of reliable and advanced positioning, navigation, and timing services.
The new call currently open is looking to support the development of a hybrid terminal for connectivity for cutting-edge devices.
Connectivity: Enabling next generation NAV/COM Hybrid Terminal
As the number of connected devices is growing exponentially, the focus has shifted to solution owners locating all assets simultaneously with minimal power drain. It's no longer about individual assets locating themselves, but about efficient, centralized asset tracking solutions. This approach optimizes power consumption while providing real-time visibility and operational efficiency.
In this context, integrating Terrestrial Networks (TN) and Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) have the potential of connecting the unconnected and enhancing the user experience for the already-connected devices, with technological and societal implications of the greatest long-term significance.
Development of a unified hybrid user terminal, that shall support (and process):
- From communication perspective: TN and NTN communication signals
- From Navigation perspective: signals from GNSS and LEO for PNT
And optionally can support (and process):
- From communication to navigation perspective (COM2NAV): communication signals to provide localization services according to several wireless communication methods
- From navigation to communication perspective (NAV2COM): (considering GNSS and all other PNT functions) positioning, ranging and time synchronization to improve data acquisition task by channel estimation, beam alignment, medium access control, routing, and network optimization.
Unified hybrid user terminal capable to support TN and NTN communication together with GNSS, and Galileo in particular, and LEO satellite signals in order to support joint Data & PNT services, reaching TRL 7.
The maximum budget is set to 3 M€ and the indicative number of projects to be awarded is four.
Deadline for submission: 15 September 2023
More details about this call will be made available during EUSPA’s upcoming Fundamental Elements online Workshop via Webex, to be held on 30 June from 11.00 to 12.30 CEST. The workshop will include in-depth information on the funding programme and the application process. More information is available at this link.
The Fundamental Elements Industry Days Workshop: Developing cutting-edge devices for connectivity, will include in-depth information on the funding programme and the application process as well as insights about the calls.
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