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The third edition of the GNSS User Technology Report is coming soon

16 September 2020
The European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) User Technology Report 2020 is on the horizon. In this issue, the Report will present an overview of the current GNSS user technology trends and developments across four macrosegments: high volume devices, safety- and liability-critical devices, high-accuracy devices, timing devices.
With over 7500 downloads the report is referenced by industry and decision-makers

GSA lands safely at Prague’s EGNOS-enabled Airport for Runway Park 2020

17 August 2020
The European GNSS Agency and its crew touched down on the runway of the Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague to highlight the benefits of the EU Space Programme in the Czech Republic.
Thanks for flying with the GSA crew to Prague's EGNOS-enabled airport! We hope to see you soon again!

EGNOS procedures implemented in Vilnius

23 July 2020
EGNOS procedures were launched at Vilnius Airport in Lithuania on 18 June 2020 as part of the EGNOS Lithuania project. Funded under the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Aviation Grant Programme, EGNOS Lithuania aims to implement 5 LPV approach procedures at the three biggest airports in Lithuania: Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga.
Vilnius Airport is the first of 3 airports in the country to upgrade to EGNOS by the end of the year

MyGalileoDrone contest open for submissions!

17 July 2020
The European GNSS Agency (GSA), the operational agency of the European Commission for Galileo and EGNOS, is launching its MyGalileoDrone competition on July 17. This contest is targeting the design and development of drone-based applications or services, using a Galileo/EGNOS-enabled receiver, that address the EU’s key priorities such as the Green Deal, and support the EU Recovery Plan for Europe. Initial ideas should be submitted by 31 August. A wide participation from all Member States is expected.
Teams should submit their initial ideas by 31 August 2020.

Galileo Masters: a springboard for your ideas

17 June 2020
Have an idea that uses Galileo positioning to address a pressing societal challenge? Take it to the next level by entering it in this year’s Galileo Masters competition. Every year, the Galileo Masters acts as a springboard for exciting new ideas and awards new applications and services that use Galileo and EGNOS, also in synergy with other space programmes, to respond to pressing needs facing business and society.
Galileo Masters: a springboard for next-generation space applications

Global ARAIM for Dual-Constellation webinar took place on 24 June 2020

12 June 2020
A webinar was organised by the Global ARAIM for Dual-Constellation (GLAD) project, co-funded by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), which is developing the Advanced Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM) prototype receiver under the Fundamental Elements programme. It took place on 24 June 2020 and covered the ARAIM concept and GLAD activities during the prototyping and demonstration of the results.
Collins Aerospace Global Landing Unit (GLU), GLU-2100 MMR, single frequency GPS L1 receiver, prototyped upgraded to support a GPS and Galileo DFMC GNSS and used as a baseline for the development of the ARAIM algorithm

EGNOS key for emergency and medical operations in EU COVID-19 response

29 May 2020
The European Space Programmes are playing a key role in managing the COVID-19 pandemic and in particular in supporting emergency and medical operations in all weather, anytime, when they are most needed. We have talked to air ambulance and emergency operators using EGNOS about their experience and how EGNOS is helping them to take care of EU citizens, operate more effectively in these difficult times and save lives.
EGNOS, like the other EU space programmes, has a key role to play in the COVID-19 response

EGNOS goes from strength to strength

27 May 2020
EGNOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service, has been augmenting the GPS signal and providing services to users in Europe since its initial operations back in June 2005. About to celebrate its 15th anniversary, the system is going from strength to strength, with its coverage area set to expand and work towards the next generation EGNOS V3 well underway.
Having benefitted users in the EU for 15 years, EGNOS is now broadening its horizons.

Looking to space for solutions on Earth Day

22 April 2020
Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22. Since its early days back in the seventies, Earth Day has striven to build the world’s largest environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and the planet. As an engine of this transformative change, space tech supports the goals of Earth Day by enabling innovative solutions that promote sustainable economic growth that is decoupled from resource use.
Space technologies are a key asset in the fight for a greener, more sustainable planet.

Successful Galileo Return Link demonstration with market-ready beacon

05 February 2020
The recent successful activation of the Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) Return Link Service was very much in the spotlight at a press event held at the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Prague headquarters on February 3. At the ‘GNSS for #EUProtect’ event, which focused on the contribution of European GNSS to emergency response and civil protection in Europe, the SAR Return Link was successfully tested, demonstrating an impressive response time.
The RLS was successfully tested with a Kannad SafePro emergency position indicating radio beacon.

‘I am a true believer in the European project’ - Carlo des Dorides talks about his time at GSA

30 January 2020
Carlo des Dorides took up his position as executive director of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) on February 1, 2011. In the nine years since then, the Galileo programme has progressed from a project on paper to an operational programme with over a billion users around the globe. As his term at the helm of the Agency draws to an end, the GSA executive director looks back at the successes and challenges of the past nine years and speaks about his hopes for the future.
Carlo des Dorides and his team at GSA headquarters in Prague

Galileo Return Link Service declared operational at European Space Conference

21 January 2020
The Galileo Return Link Service, which allows people in distress to receive automatic acknowledgement that their signal has been received, was declared operational at the 12th European Space Conference, in the Egmont Palace in Brussels on January 21.
The Galileo Return Link Service will increase survival rates by giving an important psychological boost to people in distress.

EC project showcases benefits of EGNSS for drones

16 January 2020
A recent project funded by the European Commission has carried out technical and financial studies aiming at supporting the standardisation process for EGNSS in drones (also known as UAS or RPAS), in line with the Space Strategy for Europe regarding fostering the use of EGNSS in aviation.
EGNSS-enabled drone flying in the urban environment of Villacarrillo, Spain

A message from Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director

20 December 2019
This has been a year of tremendous growth for the GSA, Galileo, EGNOS and the European Space Programme as a whole. We hit the ground running in 2019, buoyed by a wave of optimism following the successful European Space Week, held in in Marseille last December.
Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director

Instrument flying supported by EGNOS for General Aviation

20 December 2019
Even though the General Aviation (GA) community undertakes millions of flights on aircraft equipped with GNSS-receivers, it is not taking full advantage of the technology. It is a priority of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) to support GA by facilitating instrument procedures with EGNOS. As a first step the GSA has identified enablers and blocking points along with aviation stakeholders and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The materials identify blocking points to a wider uptake of EGNOS-based procedures in general aviation