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EU Space Week 2022 preview is here

27.9.2022 18:08  
EU Space Week is happening 3 – 6 October and will be held as a hybrid event, with options to join either online or physically in Prague, the heart of the EU Space Programme.
Published: 
28 September 2022

EU Space Week 2022 (EUSW22) is set to put the spotlight on Europe’s dynamic – and rapidly growing – space sector. “As the hallmark event for the European space sector, EU Space Week is a unique opportunity to get an up close look at how European businesses – and society in general –benefit from the EU Space Programme,” says EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “It is particularly exciting to be able to host this year’s edition in Prague, the home of EUSPA’s headquarters.

Expected to bring together over 1,500 representatives from across the European space industry, EUSW22 features a packed agenda that spans the entire spectrum of the EU Space Programme. The four-day event kicks off on 3 October with the annual User Consultation Platform (UCP). The UCP is an opportunity for business and industry leaders, entrepreneurs, service providers, innovators and space user communities to express their needs, share best practices and present case studies. 

Leveraging the central role users play in shaping space applications, the outcomes of this year’s UCP will help ensure that EU Space works for everyone.

Keynotes, insights and lively discussions 

EUSW22 swings into high gear on Tuesday, 4 October with a speaker list  of leaders from across and beyond the EU space ecosystem.

The day also features insights and lively discussions on such topics as strengthening the EU Space Programme through increased cooperation and how EU space is enabling secure communications

As Space is a strategic domain that is undergoing a massive transformation, thus panel discussion such as  ‘Space for EU Resilience and Autonomy’ with several entrepreneurs is to listen . It will be the opportunity to discuss how to stay at the forefront of this transformation and how the EU needs to consolidate existing assets while also developing to face upcoming challenges.

Programme updates and funding opportunities 

The EUSW22 agenda includes an array of sessions, plenaries, events and demonstrations covering everything from current and future trends to market forecasts, business opportunities, space-application demonstrations and updates on the EGNOS, Galileo, Copernicus and GOVSATCOM programmes. 

Galileo and EGNOS enable the determination of a precise position anywhere, while Copernicus provides information on the Earth’s surface, atmosphere and oceans. When you put these programmes together, you unleash an array of synergies that not only have a significant commercial potential, but can also have a powerful impact on society and the planet. The status session and the EU Space Programme Conclusionary session on 5 October will give you an update of its capabilities.

Also happening on 5 October are several sessions focused on investment and funding opportunities such as the CASSINI facility and the Horizon Europe programme. 

Both the CASSINI and Horizon sessions are a chance for participants to learn more about these important initiatives and receive practical advice from previously funded projects. EUSW22 also features a CASSINI Matchmaking event and a session dedicated to upcoming Horizon Europe opportunities

From women in space to the metaverse 

Last but not least, the week includes sessions that hit on a number of hot topics. For instance, the Women in Space session aims to identify the obstacles women face when entering space-related careers and what steps can be taken to end gender disparities. A session on Space for Equality will look at how applications are leveraging EU Space to create a more inclusive and welcoming society for everyone.  

Other sessions will focus on fostering essential skills for the next generation of space professionals and engaging with public authorities for better market uptake

The full agenda, along with additional information and registration, can be found at:  https://www.euspaceweek.eu/.

Taking place 3 – 6 October 2022 in Prague and online, EU Space Week 2022 is jointly organised by the European Commission and EUSPA and is being held under the auspices of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU and the City of Prague.

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EU Space Week is happening 3 – 6 October and will be held as a hybrid event, with options to join either online or physically in Prague, the heart of the EU Space Programme.

ITT: EGNSS Additional Dissemination means

22.9.2022 9:17  
New ITT published to assess how the future evolution of European GNSS (EGNOS and Galileo) could be provided via additional dissemination means
Published: 
22 September 2022

Galileo is the European global satellite navigation system, under civil control, which provides satellite positioning and timing services worldwide. The European Commission is currently specifying the long-term evolution of the European Global Navigation Satellite System  (EGNSS) Programme, including new services for Galileo and European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS). Amongst these new services, Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS) will provide real-time high accuracy improved user positioning (positioning error below two decimetres in nominal conditions according to the Galileo HAS Info Note) free of charge through the Galileo signal (E6-B) and   via the Internet. With regards to EGNOS, the next generation will augment Galileo and Global Positioning System (GPS) in the L1 and L5 frequency bands and will extend the service area to the entire landmasses of EU member states. The dissemination over Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites limits operational availability of the signal for end-users in high-latitudes. The contractor shall analyse cost-effective potential data delivery means alternative to the current EGNOS and Galileo ones. 

A webinar to explain the framework and objectives of the procurement and its different tasks will be held on 4 October 2022 at 16:30 CEST. Please register for the webinar.

More information about the Invitation to Tender (ITT) and the contract notice publication can be found here.

Tailored premiums

Users are at the heart of the EU Space Programme. The annual User Consultation Platform is a chance for this group to share their needs and provide feedback.

Read more on this here: User Consultation Platform helps set the course for the EU Space Programme

The Galileo System became operational in December of 2016 with the provision of initial services for the Open Service, Search and Rescue Service and Public Regulated Service. In the Full Operational Capability (FOC) phase the constellation will consist of 30 satellites, including in orbit spares, in Medium Earth Orbit. As part of its main services, Galileo shall broadcast authentication data through its Navigation Message Authentication (OS NMA), which provides information about the received signal’s authenticity and protects the users against certain attacks. Also, Galileo shall provide a High-Accuracy Service (HAS), through correction data disseminated via signal in space and terrestrial means

EGNOS currently provides augmentation to the GPS Standard Positioning Service (SPS). EGNOS augments GPS using the L1 (1,575.42 MHz) Coarse/Acquisition (C/A) civilian signal function by broadcasting correction data and integrity information for positioning and navigation applications over Europe. Around 2028, the next generation of EGNOS, EGNOS V3, will augment Galileo and GPS OS constellations in the L1 and L5 bands and will extend the service area across the EU.  New EGNOS services could be implemented in further releases of EGNOS beyond 2028. 

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New ITT published to assess how the future evolution of European GNSS (EGNOS and Galileo) could be provided via additional dissemination means

Galileo-enabled receivers installed in Prague tramways

21.9.2022 11:16  
Trams in Prague will be provided with more precise localisation thanks to Galileo
Published: 
21 September 2022

Multi-frequency satellite receivers using Galileo amongst other satellite navigation systems are helping to refine the position of Prague trams, ensuring high accuracy even in the dense development of the centre of Prague, showing deviations of no more than 2.5 metres. The Prague Public Transport Company (DPP) is gradually installing new receivers in all trams. It should be completed by the end of next year.

The precise localisation of trams will improve the overview of the current traffic situation for dispatchers and passengers. It will also open up opportunities for further savings in vehicle and infrastructure operations such as optimising the journey.   

"Thanks to the cooperation with scientists and experts from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme and the Ministry of Transport, we have a solution for determining the exact location of Prague trams. As part of the pilot project, we have tested different types of multi-frequency receivers with DPP, with each of them we have completed dozens of tests run in normal operation.  We managed to find the most suitable type of satellite receiver and determine its configuration. During the test runs, it showed only minimal position deviations, up to a maximum of 2 metres," said Adam Scheinherr, Deputy Mayor of the Capital City of Prague and chairman of the Supervisory Board of DPP.

"We have been using outdated satellite receivers in trams to determine the exact position of the vehicles for about 20 years, they work only on the GPS system. However, in the dense development in the centre of Prague, these devices very often showed and still show significant deviations from the actual position of tens to hundreds of metres. Therefore, in 2019, in cooperation with the City of Prague, experts from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University and EUSPA, we launched a pilot project with the aim not only to modernize the existing receivers, but also to find a type and configuration that would withstand the operation of trams in the specific conditions of the Prague city centre," said Milan Slunečko, head of the Tram Vehicle Management Unit of the DPP. Currently one third of the DPP fleet is equipped. 

"The European Union Agency for the Space Programme has long supported the deployment of the Galileo and EGNOS satellite navigation systems in transport. In addition to their common use by passengers in various transport applications on mobile phones, our navigation services are used, for example, for the instrumented approach of aircraft on landing or for precise vehicle location in traffic accidents in the eCall system, where they can help ensure the timely arrival of the integrated rescue system. We are pleased that Galileo will also help to improve localization in Prague tram transport and open up space for further innovation and streamlining of daily operations," concluded Daniel Lopour from EUSPA.

Other cities in Europe such as Madrid are also using GNSS-based intelligent transport solutions to improve the user experience for their public transport. 

Galileo is enabling intelligent transport solutions and thus supporting cities in their efforts to become smarter and more sustainable. It is another contribution to the EU priority for a greener and more digital Europe.

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Trams in Prague will be provided with more precise localisation thanks to Galileo

New version of the EDAS Service Definition Document released

13.9.2022 9:18  
The new version of EDAS SDD reflects the latest service's updates
Published: 
13 September 2022

The new version of the Service Definition Document (SDD) for the EGNOS Data Access Service (EDAS) has been just released. In this latest version, the SDD has been updated to reflect the service’s latest changes, including the inclusion of Iceland as an EGNOS participant member. Additionally, the SDD captures the GSA’s transition to the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) and provides up-to-date information on the EDAS performances.

10 years of EDAS

EDAS is one of three services provided by the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS). It is aimed at users who require access to specific GNSS data streams for the provision of added-value services, professional applications, commercial products, R&D and more.

EDAS provides ground-based access to EGNOS data, through a collection of services, which are accessible to registered users through the Internet and are oriented to users in different domains of application such as Location Based Services (LBS), a broad range of services in professional GNSS markets, Assisted-GNSS (A-GNSS) concepts, and related R&D activities.

2022 marks 10 years since EDAS’s service declaration in 2012.Throughout this decade of data provision, the collection of services has grown and evolved, and have oriented towards different domain applications.

EDAS has facilitated many success stories since its inception, such as the retransmission of differential global positioning system (DGPS) corrections in the maritime sector based on the EDAS (IALA beacons) and supporting surveying and mapping activities in Agriculture.

You can access the new SDD version either online or download it in PDF format. For any questions about EDAS or the new SDD, you can contact the EGNOS Helpdesk.

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The new version of EDAS SDD reflects the latest service's updates

Register for the Copernicus Biodiversity in Coastal Ecosystems Workshop

12.9.2022 16:52  
The Copernicus Biodiversity in Coastal Ecosystems Workshop will illustrate what Copernicus can offer in relation to biodiversity and coastal ecosystems, and their protection.
Published: 
12 September 2022

While the loss of biodiversity is occurring across all ecosystems, it is particularly pronounced in coastal regions. Not only are these areas some of the most biodiverse on Earth, but they also host large human populations and substantial economic activity. As the human factor increases, these unique ecosystems are subjected to rapid habitat loss, overexploitation of natural resources, pollution, and climate change – all of which contribute to biodiversity loss.       

Long used to monitor land and marine environments, Earth Observation is an opportunity to develop best practices to reach a healthy balance between environmental protection and economic development and reduce biodiversity loss in coastal regions.

Copernicus, the European Earth Observation programme, offers numerous products and services for protecting, even restoring, biodiversity and coastal ecosystems. This includes forecasting the impact that climate change – the main driver of biodiversity loss – will have on these essential ecosystems, monitoring the good environmental status and EU policies implementation, developing sustainable living resources management.

To learn more about Earth Observation’s role in protecting biodiversity, the European Commission and EUSPA invite you to register for its Copernicus Biodiversity in Coastal Ecosystems Workshop. The online event, scheduled for 11 – 12 October, consists of four sessions:

  • Biodiversity and Coastal Resources – Setting the Scene
  • Biodiversity Versus Economic Development
  • Biodiversity Conservation in the Context of Climate Change
  • A Future Green Copernicus for Coastal Ecosystems

During each session, experts will talk about the role Copernicus’ land, marine, climate change services play in addressing biodiversity loss in coastal areas. The sessions will be a chance to share best practices and case studies, highlight opportunities for coupling digital technologies with science and research, and discuss how industry and businesses can leverage space technologies to help achieve such EU policy goals as the Biodiversity Strategy and Green Deal.

The Copernicus Biodiversity in Coastal Ecosystems Workshop is jointly organised by EUSPA and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS). More information can be found here.

Participation is free.

 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The Copernicus Biodiversity in Coastal Ecosystems Workshop will illustrate what Copernicus can offer in relation to biodiversity and coastal ecosystems, and their protection.

Register for the Copernicus Biodiversity in Coastal Ecosystems Workshop

12.9.2022 16:52  
The Copernicus Biodiversity in Coastal Ecosystems Workshop will illustrate what Copernicus can offer in relation to biodiversity and coastal ecosystems, and their protection.
Published: 
12 September 2022

While the loss of biodiversity is occurring across all ecosystems, it is particularly pronounced in coastal regions. Not only are these areas some of the most biodiverse on Earth, but they also host large human populations and substantial economic activity. As the human factor increases, these unique ecosystems are subjected to rapid habitat loss, overexploitation of natural resources, pollution, and climate change – all of which contribute to biodiversity loss.       

Long used to monitor land and marine environments, Earth Observation is an opportunity to develop best practices to reach a healthy balance between environmental protection and economic development and reduce biodiversity loss in coastal regions.

Copernicus, the European Earth Observation programme, offers numerous products and services for protecting, even restoring, biodiversity and coastal ecosystems. This includes forecasting the impact that climate change – the main driver of biodiversity loss – will have on these essential ecosystems, monitoring the good environmental status and EU policies implementation, developing sustainable living resources management.

To learn more about Earth Observation’s role in protecting biodiversity, the European Commission and EUSPA invite you to register for its Copernicus Biodiversity in Coastal Ecosystems Workshop. The online event, scheduled for 11 – 12 October, consists of four sessions:

  • Biodiversity and Coastal Resources – Setting the Scene
  • Biodiversity Versus Economic Development
  • Biodiversity Conservation in the Context of Climate Change
  • A Future Green Copernicus for Coastal Ecosystems

During each session, experts will talk about the role Copernicus’ land, marine, climate change services play in addressing biodiversity loss in coastal areas. The sessions will be a chance to share best practices and case studies, highlight opportunities for coupling digital technologies with science and research, and discuss how industry and businesses can leverage space technologies to help achieve such EU policy goals as the Biodiversity Strategy and Green Deal.

The Copernicus Biodiversity in Coastal Ecosystems Workshop is jointly organised by EUSPA and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS). More information can be found here.

Participation is free.

Please keep in mind the registrations will close on 6th October at 18:00

 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The Copernicus Biodiversity in Coastal Ecosystems Workshop will illustrate what Copernicus can offer in relation to biodiversity and coastal ecosystems, and their protection.

Register for the Copernicus Biodiversity in Coastal Ecosystems Workshop

12.9.2022 16:52  
The Copernicus Biodiversity in Coastal Ecosystems Workshop will illustrate what Copernicus can offer in relation to biodiversity and coastal ecosystems, and their protection.
Published: 
12 September 2022

While the loss of biodiversity is occurring across all ecosystems, it is particularly pronounced in coastal regions. Not only are these areas some of the most biodiverse on Earth, but they also host large human populations and substantial economic activity. As the human factor increases, these unique ecosystems are subjected to rapid habitat loss, overexploitation of natural resources, pollution, and climate change – all of which contribute to biodiversity loss.       

Long used to monitor land and marine environments, Earth Observation is an opportunity to develop best practices to reach a healthy balance between environmental protection and economic development and reduce biodiversity loss in coastal regions.

Copernicus, the European Earth Observation programme, offers numerous products and services for protecting, even restoring, biodiversity and coastal ecosystems. This includes forecasting the impact that climate change – the main driver of biodiversity loss – will have on these essential ecosystems, monitoring the good environmental status and EU policies implementation, developing sustainable living resources management.

To learn more about Earth Observation’s role in protecting biodiversity, the European Commission and EUSPA invite you to register for its Copernicus Biodiversity in Coastal Ecosystems Workshop. The online event, scheduled for 11 – 12 October, consists of four sessions:

  • Biodiversity and Coastal Resources – Setting the Scene
  • Biodiversity Versus Economic Development
  • Biodiversity Conservation in the Context of Climate Change
  • A Future Green Copernicus for Coastal Ecosystems

During each session, experts will talk about the role Copernicus’ land, marine, climate change services play in addressing biodiversity loss in coastal areas. The sessions will be a chance to share best practices and case studies, highlight opportunities for coupling digital technologies with science and research, and discuss how industry and businesses can leverage space technologies to help achieve such EU policy goals as the Biodiversity Strategy and Green Deal.

The Copernicus Biodiversity in Coastal Ecosystems Workshop is jointly organised by EUSPA and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS). Participation is free, but registration is required. More information can be found here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The Copernicus Biodiversity in Coastal Ecosystems Workshop will illustrate what Copernicus can offer in relation to biodiversity and coastal ecosystems, and their protection.

Wanted: space-based solutions for solving the oceans’ plastic problem

9.9.2022 9:56  
CASSINI Maritime Maritime Prize is the new contest under the CASSINI competition initiative
Published: 
08 September 2022

The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is supporting a new prize contest. The competition is looking for solutions that leverage Earth Observation and GNSS to detect, monitor and remove plastic in oceans and waterways. Read on to learn more about the global issue spurring the need for these types of solutions and the CASSINI competition initiative. 

The growing problem of plastic in oceans and waterways

Of the 300 million tons of plastic produced every year, an estimated 26 million eventually ends up in the ocean. As a result, some estimates suggest there are now 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in our oceans and seas. Even more concerning is the fact that this number is expected to increase, with National Geographic predicting that the annual amount of plastic flowing into the oceans will triple by 2040. 

As the International Union for Conservation of Nature explains, in addition to causing climate change and impacting the coastal tourism industry, plastic litter also threatens marine ecosystems. That’s because when plastic litter is exposed to sunlight, wind and currents, it breakdowns to become microplastics. These microplastics can be easily ingested by marine life, resulting in severe injuries, health problems and even death – all of which could impact our own food security and safety.  

Space’s plastic removal potential 

Solving the ocean’s plastic problem starts with taking the litter out of the water. But this requires first knowing where the plastic is, which is where Earth Observation and GNSS come into play.

Earth Observation has the potential to help detect and monitor plastic pollution across the oceans. According to an Observer article, by using data on ocean currents collected by the Copernicus Marine Service, in combination with other information, one can monitor how and where plastics enter the ocean and determine how long they have been there.  

GNSS can also play a role in cleaning up our oceans. In 2019, a California-based cargo ship used GNSS positioning to track and collect a mass of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean that is thought to be three times the size of France. The initiative had mariners place reusable GNSS trackers on the discarded fishing nets that tend to accumulate plastics. The cargo ship then tracked these devices to collect both the nets and plastic waste. In total, 40 tonnes of plastic were removed.   

But these examples only scratch the surface of what Earth Observation, GNSS and their synergistic use are capable of. To fully leverage these technologies and their plastic removal potential, EUSPA is supporting a new prize contest.

A chance to win funding for your commercial solution 

The CASSINI Prize for Digital Space Apps is looking for innovative commercial solutions that leverage the EU Space Programme to detect, monitor and remove plastics, microplastics and other litter from our oceans and waterways. With a total prize purse of EUR 2.85 million, the top three proposals are eligible to win EUR 0.95 million each, which can be used to help further develop and commercialise your solution.  

CASSINI is the European Commission’s initiative to support entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs developing innovative applications and services that leverage the EU Space Programme. Dedicated to promoting the commercialisation of Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus data and services, EUSPA is actively involved in the initiative.

Because the contest aims to create a new ecosystem of entrepreneurs, applications are only open to SMEs. All proposed solutions must be close-to-market and be able to prove their effectiveness in a real-world demonstration. 

The prize is foreseen as part of the Horizon Europe Work Programme.

More information can be found here.

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CASSINI Maritime Maritime Prize is the new contest under the CASSINI competition initiative

EUSPA taps ESSP for EGNOS service provider role

7.9.2022 9:26  
EUSPA signs new EGNOS service provider contract with ESSP
Published: 
07 September 2022

The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is Europe’s regional satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS). Used to improve the accuracy and reliability of GNSS positioning information, EGNOS is designed to provide safety of life navigation services to aviation, maritime and land-based users across the EU.

While the exploitation of EGNOS is the responsibility of the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), its services are delivered by the EGNOS service provider under a contract with EUSPA. Today, EUSPA formally announced that it has signed  its new EGNOS service provider contract with European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP), a company specialising in the operations and provision of satellite-based services for  critical missions such as for aviation and whose shareholders include seven leading European Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs).   

“EGNOS is a very successful part of the EU Space Programme. ESSP has been a strong partner to achieve this result and I look forward to another decade of success,” said EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. 

“As Europe’s first venture into satellite navigation, EGNOS set the precedent for what a successful space programme looks like,” added ESSP CEO Charlotte Neyret. “With this new contract, we look to raise the bar even higher.”

The new 10 years contract sees ESSP continuing its role as the EGNOS service provider for the Open Service and Safety of Life Service (SoL) while EUSPA is in the process of taking over the responsibility of EGNOS Data Access Service (EDAS) service provision. During this time, ESSP will be responsible for EGNOS service provision (including EGNOS operations and part of its maintenance). 

Expanding and evolving

With EGNOS constantly expanding and evolving, the new contract will see ESSP performing some new tasks as well. For example, in addition to bolstering EGNOS’ use in the aviation sector, the company will look to further develop the service for the maritime, rail and drone sectors. It will also help improve the security of EGNOS V2 through the addition of new functions and by upgrading the system.

Then there’s EGNOS V3, the next generation of EGNOS that will augment Galileo signals. With ESSP set to play a major role in this transition, the company has brought on new partners, including Airbus Defence and Space currently in charge of the development of EGNOS V3.    

Under the new contract, ESSP will work to further expand the EGNOS services in European Neighbourhood Policy South countries (ENP-South) and Ukraine. The company is in the process of setting up new RIMS in Nigeria and Chad, the operation of which will be subcontracted to the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). 

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EUSPA signs new EGNOS service provider contract with ESSP

EUSPA taps ESSP for EGNOS service provider role

7.9.2022 9:26  
EUSPA signs new EGNOS service provider contract with ESSP
Published: 
06 September 2022

The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is Europe’s regional satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS). Used to improve the accuracy and reliability of GNSS positioning information, EGNOS is designed to provide safety of life navigation services to aviation, maritime and land-based users across the EU.

While the exploitation of EGNOS is the responsibility of the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), its services are delivered by the EGNOS service provider under a contract with EUSPA. Today, EUSPA formally announced that it has signed  its new EGNOS service provider contract with European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP), a company specialising in the operations and provision of satellite-based services for  critical missions such as for aviation and whose shareholders include seven leading European Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs).   

“EGNOS is a very successful part of the EU Space Programme. ESSP has been a strong partner to achieve this result and I look forward to another decade of success,” said EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. 

“As Europe’s first venture into satellite navigation, EGNOS set the precedent for what a successful space programme looks like,” added ESSP CEO Charlotte Neyret. “With this new contract, we look to raise the bar even higher.”

The new 10 years contract sees ESSP continuing its role as the EGNOS service provider for the Open Service and Safety of Life Service (SoL) while EUSPA is in the process of taking over the responsibility of EGNOS Data Access Service (EDAS) service provision. During this time, ESSP will be responsible for EGNOS service provision (including EGNOS operations and part of its maintenance). 

Expanding and evolving

With EGNOS constantly expanding and evolving, the new contract will see ESSP performing some new tasks as well. For example, in addition to bolstering EGNOS’ use in the aviation sector, the company will look to further develop the service for the maritime, rail and drone sectors. It will also help improve the security of EGNOS V2 through the addition of new functions and by upgrading the system.

Then there’s EGNOS V3, the next generation of EGNOS that will augment Galileo signals. With ESSP set to play a major role in this transition, the company has brought on new partners, including Airbus Defence and Space currently in charge of the development of EGNOS V3 under a contract with EUSPA.    

Under the new contract, ESSP will work to further expand the EGNOS services in European Neighbourhood Policy South countries (ENP-South) and Ukraine. The company is in the process of setting up new RIMS in Nigeria and Chad, the operation of which will be subcontracted to the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). 

The event took place at the occasion of AEOLUS working group meeting where EUSPA is gathering the European ANSPs (Air Navigation Service Providers), EUROCONTROL, EASA and ESA.

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EUSPA signs new EGNOS service provider contract with ESSP

EUSPA Headquarters celebrates 10 years in Prague

6.9.2022 15:51  
Published: 
06 September 2022

Today, the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) headquarters celebrates 10 years of calling Prague, Czech Republic home. The Agency, then called the European GNSS Agency (GSA), moved to the ‘Golden City’ in 2012, following an open call held by the European Commission in which the Czech Republic won.  

"Prague offers a high quality of living, access to a skilled talent pool and great connections to the rest of Europe, making it a truly European city fit to host an EU agency", says EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. 

Understanding the importance of hosting an EU agency, EUSPA maintains close ties with its host countries, which, in addition to the Czech Republic, include Spain, where the GNSS Service Centre (GSC) is based; France, which co-host the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) with Spain; the Netherlands, home of the Galileo Reference Centre (GRC); Belgium, where the Galileo Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) Centre is located; and Germany and Italy, each of which host a Galileo Control Centre (GCC). 

"We are an EU agency dedicated to serving the space needs of citizens, businesses and other stakeholders from all Member States," adds da Costa. "By engaging with the entire EU Space community, we contribute to achieving such European goals as the Green Deal and digital transformation – all while reinforcing the EU’s autonomy and resilience."

A decade of growth and development

In the decade since the move, both the EU Space Programme and the Czech Republic’s space sector have enjoyed continuous growth and development. Through various grants, Horizon calls and other funding mechanisms, EUSPA has provided significant funding to start-ups, SMEs, enterprises and research across all EU Member States – including EUR 2.2 million to Czech-based initiatives, many of which are making substantial contributions to the EU’s robust space economy. 

EUSPA has also seen its mandate expand since it first landed in Prague. Not only is the Agency now responsible for overseeing the security, services and market uptake of Galileo and EGNOS, but also Copernicus, Europe’s Earth Observation (EO) service. 

This list of responsibilities is by no means stagnant. As part of its expanded mandate, EUSPA has been entrusted with additional responsibilities relating to GOVSATCOM, a user-centric programme designed to meet the unique requirements of governmental applications, including those used for crisis management, surveillance and the management of key infrastructures. In 2023, EUSPA will take responsibility for the Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) Front Desk operations service, part of the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) component of the EU Space Programme. 

A future in Prague 

Earlier this year, EUSPA signed an amended host agreement with the Czech Republic, cementing Prague’s place at the heart of the EU Space Programme for years to come. 

“I look forward to continuing to call this vibrant city home and, together with our Czech partners, further grow the EU Space Programme and develop the European space economy, ” notes da Costa.

In October, the city is set to welcome EU Space Week 2022, Europe’s premiere space event. We are organising this event jointly with the European Commission, the city of Prague under the auspices of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU.

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User Consultation Platform helps set the course for the EU Space Programme

2.9.2022 15:02  
A highlight on the EU Space Week agenda, the UCP invites users from a range of market segments to present their needs and requirements
Published: 
02 September 2022

Just as EU Space Week is back, so too is the annual User Consultation Platform. A highlight on the EU Space Week agenda, the User Consultation Platform (UCP) invites users from a range of market segments to present their needs and requirements. 

“The UCP is an exciting opportunity for business and industry leaders, entrepreneurs, service providers, innovators and space user communities to express their needs, share best practices and present case studies,” says Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market, Downstream and Innovation at the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). “By creating an engaged network of innovators, the User Consultation Platform plays a key role in shaping the evolution of the EU Space Programme and its services.”

The UCP consists of breakout sessions and a summary plenary and covers not only Galileo and EGNOS, but also Copernicus and GOVSATCOM. “The Platform’s unique format allows all space stakeholders to share their experiences and expertise and learn from each other, helping them grow stronger and become more innovative and competitive,” adds Diani.   

Extensive exchanges and in-depth discussions

This year’s UCP kicks off 3 October with a full day of extensive exchanges happening during eight parallel sessions, each of which focuses on a specific market segment:

  • Infrastructure: the role of EU Space in infrastructure development, with a focus on key user requirements, trends and representative use cases.
  • Renewable Energy: how Earth Observation (EO) and GNSS-based solutions can support the rapid transition towards renewable energies.
  • EO-Platforms and Consumer Applications: a discussion on both improving access to space data and how to leverage that data for use in consumer, tourism and health applications.
  • Aviation and Drones: how GNSS and EO can enable emerging operational concepts in the air, increase business opportunities and identify priorities for R&D and innovation.
  • Maritime and Fisheries: discuss the needs of applications relying on GNSS and EO, which will be instrumental in defining potential new space data-based services.
  • Emergency Management and Humanitarian Aid: applications for monitoring geohazards, post-crisis damage assessment and building inspection, with a special focus on supporting Ukraine.
  • Insurance and Finance: an in-depth discussion on how to leverage the full potential of space data in fintech.
  • Raw Materials: why EO and GNSS data and services are key for raw material resource exploration, operations and post-closure environmental management.

In addition to in-depth discussions on user needs, each session will also provide updates on testing campaigns, market trends, the evolution of the various programmes and new opportunities in R&D. “These sessions are a one-of-a-kind networking opportunity that gives the entire space ecosystem a chance to explore new synergies and keep abreast of the latest developments in this fast-paced sector,” says Diani.

The results of the individual sessions will be presented to the entire EU Space community during a dedicated plenary session on 4 October.

“As the EU Space Programme evolves, so too do the needs of its users,” notes Diani. “Leveraging the central role users play in shaping EU Space applications, the outcomes of this year’s UCP will help define the service provision and ensure that EU Space works for everyone.” 

The User Consultation Platform will take place 3 – 4 October. More information and registration can be found here.

EU Space Week, Europe’s premiere space event, is happening 3 – 6 October. As a hybrid event, you can join either online or physically in Prague, the heart of the EU Space Programme.

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A highlight on the EU Space Week agenda, the UCP invites users from a range of market segments to present their needs and requirements

User Consultation Platform helps set the course for the EU Space Programme

2.9.2022 15:02  
A highlight on the EU Space Week agenda, the UCP invites users from a range of market segments to present their needs and requirements
Published: 
02 September 2022

Just as EU Space Week is back, so too is the annual User Consultation Platform. A highlight on the EU Space Week agenda, the User Consultation Platform (UCP) invites users from a range of market segments to present their needs and requirements. 

“The UCP is an exciting opportunity for business and industry leaders, entrepreneurs, service providers, innovators and space user communities to express their needs, share best practices and present case studies,” says Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market, Downstream and Innovation at the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). “By creating an engaged network of innovators, the User Consultation Platform plays a key role in shaping the evolution of the EU Space Programme and its services.”

The UCP consists of breakout sessions and a summary plenary and covers not only Galileo and EGNOS, but also Copernicus and GOVSATCOM. “The Platform’s unique format allows all space stakeholders to share their experiences and expertise and learn from each other, helping them grow stronger and become more innovative and competitive,” adds Diani.   

Extensive exchanges and in-depth discussions

This year’s UCP kicks off 3 October with a full day of extensive exchanges happening during eight parallel sessions, each of which focuses on a specific market segment:

  • Infrastructure: the role of EU Space in infrastructure development, with a focus on key user requirements, trends and representative use cases.
  • Renewable Energy: how Earth Observation (EO) and GNSS-based solutions can support the rapid transition towards renewable energies.
  • EO-Platforms and Consumer Applications: a discussion on both improving access to space data and how to leverage that data for use in consumer, tourism and health applications.
  • Aviation and Drones: how GNSS and EO can enable emerging operational concepts in the air, increase business opportunities and identify priorities for R&D and innovation.
  • Maritime and Fisheries: discuss the needs of applications relying on GNSS and EO, which will be instrumental in defining potential new space data-based services.
  • Emergency Management and Humanitarian Aid: applications for monitoring geohazards, post-crisis damage assessment and building inspection, with a special focus on supporting Ukraine.
  • Insurance and Finance: an in-depth discussion on how to leverage the full potential of space data in fintech.
  • Raw Materials: why EO and GNSS data and services are key for raw material resource exploration, operations and post-closure environmental management.

In addition to in-depth discussions on user needs, each session will also provide updates on testing campaigns, market trends, the evolution of the various programmes and new opportunities in R&D. “These sessions are a one-of-a-kind networking opportunity that gives the entire space ecosystem a chance to explore new synergies and keep abreast of the latest developments in this fast-paced sector,” says Diani.

“As the EU Space Programme evolves, so too do the needs of its users,” notes Diani. “Leveraging the central role users play in shaping EU Space applications, the outcomes of this year’s UCP will help define the service provision and ensure that EU Space works for everyone.” 

The User Consultation Platform will take place 3 – 4 October. More information and registration can be found here.

EU Space Week, Europe’s premiere space event, is happening 3 – 6 October. As a hybrid event, you can join either online or physically in Prague, the heart of the EU Space Programme.

 

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A highlight on the EU Space Week agenda, the UCP invites users from a range of market segments to present their needs and requirements

EUSPA welcomes Shriya satellite to the Galileo family!

29.8.2022 10:45  
The Galileo satellite GSAT0224 entered into service on 29 August
Published: 
29 August 2022

The Galileo satellite GSAT0224 entered into service on 29 August. The satellite is named ‘Shriya’, after a Norwegian grade school student who won the Galileo drawing competition organised by the European Commission and the Norwegian Space Agency. 

The news comes after extended In-Orbit Testing that took place in January-March, followed by participation in the In-Orbit Validation (IOV) for EUSPA/ESA’s finalized testing campaign for I/NAV improvements in July and August 2022.

Having passed the initial tests, the satellite was deemed healthy and ready to join the Galileo family, and after IOV participation, it is now also ready for faster convergence improvements!

Continue to serve Galileo users around the world

The previous Galileo satellite GSAT0223 entered into service in May 2022. While the two satellites may be orbiting some 23,000 kilometres above us, their service impact will be felt right here on Earth.

In a very practical sense, these additional satellites mean that whether using a navigation device in a car or on a mobile phone, you’ll now know your exact position with even greater precision and faster positioning than before. The new satellites also mean enhanced capabilities for the wide range of applications that depend on Galileo’s accuracy, including search and rescue missions, the eCall emergency response system and precision farming methods, to name only a few.  

“The addition of these satellites to the world’s most precise positioning system is part of our continuous improvement logic for our more than 3 billion users worldwide,” says EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “Not only do more satellites mean more availability, more robust navigation and a better user experience, it also means more market opportunities for European businesses, SMEs and entrepreneurs.”

Milestones reached and milestones ahead 

GSAT0223 and GSAT0224 were part of Galileo launch L11 on 5 December 2021. The pair is the first of a third batch of Galileo first generation satellites to reach space, with GSAT0223 filling the last empty slot in Galileo’s orbital plane B and GSAT0224 flying in an auxiliary slot B15 as defined by the Open Service SDD.   

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The Galileo satellite GSAT0224 entered into service on 29 August

Using Copernicus data to climate-proof cities

26.8.2022 16:28  
Copernicus data is essential for measuring the urban heat vulnerability
Published: 
26 August 2022

Over half of the world’s 8 billion people live in cities, a number that is expected to increase by over 70% in the coming decades. This is concerning because, just as the world’s urban population continues to increase, so too does the world’s average temperature – setting the stage for a potential catastrophe.

That’s because with this increase in temperature comes more frequent and extreme heat events which, due to the urban heat island phenomena, make cities particularly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. It also puts urban populations at a greater risk for suffering the sweltering and potentially deadly effects of heatwaves – a fact has been abundantly clear this summer. According to the Copernicus Climate Change Service’s (C3S) July Climate Bulletin, many parts of Europe, including Spain, Portugal, France and the UK, experienced intense heat, if not record-breaking high temperatures, during the month of July.  

All of this means city planners are facing a sense of urgency for finding new ways to keep cities cool. As discussed in a recent article, one potential solution is to use the data generated by C3S to reconsider the layout of cities in an effort to mitigate heat-related risks.  

One company doing exactly that is ECOTEN urban comfort.

Mapping high vulnerability areas 

The Prague-based company is taking a data-driven approach to designing greener, cooler and healthier cities. “By integrating science, data and technology into urban planning, we help make cities more resilient against the impact of climate change,” says ECOTEN co-founder and CEO Jiri Tencar. 

Much of ECOTEN’s data comes from Earth Observation, including the Copernicus Programme. “Copernicus data is essential for measuring the urban heat vulnerability of a city as it provides high resolution information that can be uniformly obtained for any city in the world,” explains ECOTEN co-founder and CTO Sagnik Bhattacharjee.

By combining this Earth Observation data with available socio-demographic data, the company creates Urban Heat Vulnerability Maps. “These high-resolution maps provide city planners and other authorities with a real-time analysis of extreme heat vulnerability in a given urban area,” remarks Tencar. “Having ready-access to this information allows city officials to take immediate steps to protect citizens and infrastructure from a forecasted heatwave.” 

Vienna maps a cooler future    

In addition to helping city planners react to immediate heat threats, ECOTEN’s innovative heat mapping is also being used to mitigate future risks. For example, the company partnered with the city of Vienna to map the vulnerability of each of the city’s electoral districts. 

What these maps revealed was that several heavily populated areas have an urban heat vulnerability index (UHVI) value of 0.9 on a scale where 1.0 implies a high vulnerability to an extreme heat event. The map also identified 10 ‘hot spots’, including areas with little to no green space or areas with a large concentration of young children and/or older adults, both of whom are at risk populations. 

“For the first time, we have a map that shows us where cooling is urgent and allows us to take specific measures,” said Birgit Hebein, the former deputy mayor of Vienna.

City planners can now use this map, which was made possible thanks to Copernicus data, to adapt their urban planning to the realities of a warmer climate. In fact, the ECOTEN map is behind the city’s Cool Street project, an initiative that aims to turn down the heat at street level by, for example, planting more trees and reducing traffic.    

Prague cools down its transport hotspots    

Following the success in Austria, ECOTEN was soon contacted by the Environmental Protection Department of the City of Prague, who wanted to map the urban heat vulnerability of the city’s public transport stops. To create such a map, the company once again turned to Copernicus data, this time combining it with data on passenger wait times.

“This combination allowed us to create a tool that Prague can use to easily identify the specific areas that need attention and take steps to make these stops more comfortable for passengers,” says Bhattacharjee.  

Using the ECOTEN provided heat map, the city has taken numerous steps to cool down hotspots. For example, a green lawn was planted on the roof of a tram stop, while draught-resistant plants, grasses and rock gardens have been placed across Prague. The city also installed misting devices and drinking fountains.

“The Urban Heat Vulnerability Map has already proved to be an important tool for making Prague and Vienna more resilient to climate change, and we look forward to adding more cities to this list soon,” concludes Tencar.

Other European cities confirmed this approach as being useful and efficient as ECOTEN urban comfort is now working on developing an Urban Heat Vulnerability Map of Helsinki, Finland.

 

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Copernicus data is essential for measuring the urban heat vulnerability

EU Space Week 2022 – registration now open!

8.8.2022 14:06  
Join the EU Space Week 3 – 6 October 2022 in Prague, Czech Republic
Published: 
08 August 2022

Following two years of online only editions, EU Space Week – Europe’s premiere space event – is back. Happening 3 – 6 October, the 2022 edition will be held as a hybrid event, meaning you can join either online or physically in Prague, the heart of the EU Space Programme. 

This not-to-be-missed event is set to bring together the entire EU space community, from policy makers, industry, start-ups, public authorities, investors and end users. The packed agenda will span the entire spectrum of the EU Space Programme. 

“As the hallmark event for the European space sector, EU Space Week is a unique opportunity to see first-hand how European businesses – and society in general – are benefiting from the EU Space Programme,” says EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “It’s particularly exciting to be able to host this year’s edition in Prague, the home of EUSPA headquarters.”

A ‘New Space’ for space

With the theme of ‘New Space’, sessions, plenaries, events and demonstrations will cover everything from current and future trends, market forecasts, business opportunities, space-application demonstrations and updates on the EGNOS, Galileo, Copernicus and GOVSATCOM programmes. 

The event will also host the annual User Consultation Platform, where users from a range of market segments present their needs and requirements and help shape the evolution of the EU Space Programme and its services. Other highlights include the Copernicus Networks General Assembly, a CASSINI matchmaking event and sessions on Space for EU Resilience and Autonomy, EU Space for Secure Communications, Horizon Europe and Space 4 Equality – to name only a few.

As always, there will be ample opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing. 

Register today!

Ready to join over 1,200 representatives from Europe’s dynamic space sector? Then don’t delay, reserve you spot at EU Space Week 2022 by registering today at https://www.euspaceweek.eu/.

EU Space Week 2022 is jointly organised by the European Commission and EUSPA and is being held under the auspices of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU and the City of Prague. 

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Join the EU Space Week 3 – 6 October 2022 in Prague, Czech Republic

As the mercury rises, Copernicus helps keep you cool

3.8.2022 16:08  
Surface air temperature anomaly for June 2022 relative to the June average for the period 1991-2020. Data source: ERA5. Credit: Copernicus Climate Change Service/ECMWF.
Published: 
03 August 2022

It’s the dog days of summer, and things are hot – and getting hotter. 

For much of Europe, and especially southern Europe, temperatures have been steadily increasing year after year. Not only was 2021 one of the warmest years on record, Sicily recorded what could very well be Europe’s hottest temperature ever, seeing the mercury hit a scorching 48.8°C.

This summer it’s more of the same. The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) recently reported that the global average temperature for June was about 0.31ºC higher than the 1991-2020 average, making it the third warmest June on record. Furthermore, Europe as a whole had its second warmest June on record, at about 1.6ºC above average.

This isn’t a fluke or some kind of anomaly. According to an article published in Horizon, the EU’s research and innovation magazine, temperatures have been steadily on the rise for years, the result of increasing – and largely unchecked – climate change. The annual European State of the Climate (ESOTC) report, which provides a timely, transparent and detailed description of the evolving climate, backs this claim. This year’s edition shows that, despite year-to-year variability, global temperatures have increased since the pre-industrial era, by 1.1 – 1.2°C.

How do we know all this? 

Copernicus – the European Earth Observation programme.

Introducing C3S

Copernicus, or more specifically the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), supports society, climate researchers and decision makers by providing authoritative information about the past, present and future climate in Europe and the rest of the world. As with other Copernicus services, CS3 processes and analyses a wealth of satellite and in situ data, transforming it into value-added information. 

Datasets dating back years, even decades, can be compared and searched to monitor changes, while patterns can be examined and used to build, for example, better forecasting models. Maps are created from Copernicus imagery, from which features and anomalies can be identified and statistical information extracted.

While all this information is essential to helping users meet their climate goals, it is particularly useful to the EU’s climate adaptation and mitigation policies – including those pertaining to extreme heatwaves. 

Heatwaves are already responsible for a considerable number of deaths, a trend that is unfortunately expected to increase as temperatures continue to go up. “As average temperatures warm, extreme temperatures will also become warmer, leading to more frequent and warmer heatwaves,” Rachel White, an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, told Horizon. “This is particularly concerning in regions that already experience high temperatures, such as southern Europe.”

According to White, the key to saving lives is the use of accurate and reliable weather prediction models that go well beyond standard weekly forecasts. 

Here too, C3S can help. 

Preparing for a hotter tomorrow 

C3S provides users with quality-controlled data about the impact climate change will have on heatwave frequency and severity in the decades to come. “When the past is no longer a good predictor for the climate risks we face, having data about the future is key to preparing for the conditions that lie ahead, whether that future be days, months or even years ahead,” says C3S Director Carlo Buontempo.

As Buontempo explains, because C3S data focuses on climate, as opposed to weather, it is particularly useful for helping local authorities be more proactive – and less reactive – to climate-related risks. For example, today, national and local authorities depend on C3S’s heat stress predictions to implement heat-related action plans. 

“Since the shocking death toll of the 2003 heatwave in southern Europe, many European countries have developed action plans that can be triggered when specific heat stress conditions are forecasted,” notes Buontempo. 

These action plans can include things as simple as limiting outside activities and drinking plenty of fluids to actively monitoring at-risk populations. In the near future, city planners could use this same C3S data to reconsider the layout of cities and buildings and design green spaces that help mitigate heat-related risks to make cities more pleasant to live in – even in a hotter world.

“Not only does C3S data provide us with a better understanding of what the summer of the future may look like, it also gives us the opportunity to start preparing for that future today,” concludes Buontempo.

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Surface air temperature anomaly for June 2022 relative to the June average for the period 1991-2020. Data source: ERA5. Credit: Copernicus Climate Change Service/ECMWF.

Galileo OSNMA workshop highlights preliminary test results

22.7.2022 12:06  
Stakeholders got a first look at some initial results during a dedicated workshop.
Published: 
22 July 2022

On 28 June 2022, the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) held an online workshop about the ongoing testing of the Galileo Open Service – Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA). The event was an opportunity to both learn about the status of the testing phase and discuss preliminary results. As to the latter, highlights included:

  • All OSNMA-enabled receivers tested according to the expected performance. Testing demonstrated that the use of OSNMA does not degrade the quality of the Position, Velocity and Time (PVT). Furthermore, tested receivers had an availability of at least 95% and a Time to First Fix (TTFF) in line with the testing service performance.   
  • Septentrio receivers, which are geared towards those sectors requiring the highest level of security (e.g., maritime, mining, rail, defence, aerospace, drones, advanced driver-assistance systems, telecom, etc.), are OSNMA ready. OSNMA is implemented within the Septentrio receiver using the proprietary Advanced Interference Mitigation (AIM+) tool. 
  • An OSNMA-enabled GNSS receiver designed specifically for boat security called NaviSoC® was successfully tested, performing optically while using OSNMA. Although initially designed for the maritime sector, engineers are confident that the GNSS receiver will be able to address all major market segments. The team is currently looking in to the cross-authentication capability, to be ready when/if it will be included in the service baseline. 
  • An STM Teseo V chip with firmware co-developed by STM and FDC contains algorithms to protect the integrity of OSNMA assets against jamming, spoofing and other security concerns, with applications in the area of smart tachographs and potentially beyond.  

The initial results show that, although the Galileo OSNMA Public Observation Test Phase continues, it has already successfully provided important feedback that EUSPA can use to enhance the service’s functionality. 

Testing remains ongoing – and you can still participate 

The Galileo OSNMA is a data authentication function that will be freely accessible worldwide. The pioneering service will pave the way towards robust PVT for users of the Galileo Open Service.

In preparation for its service declaration, GNSS receiver manufacturers, integrators and application developers are encouraged to continue testing the Galileo OSNMA. This testing is done via a Signal in Space (SiS) and is meant to assess the service’s performance across a range of scenarios and use cases. 

Relevant interested parties can still register for the Public Observation Test Phase by accessing the OSNMA Public Observation webpage

The final workshop is foreseen to take place at the end of 2022.

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Stakeholders got a first look at some initial results during a dedicated workshop

EU Space enables safer maritime operations

18.7.2022 11:43  
The exercise involved the activation of a Galileo-enabled EPIRB equipped with the innovative Return Link Service on board a leisure boat.
Published: 
18 July 2022

 

It’s the middle of the summer holiday season and an earthquake strikes Greece, rendering all ground-based communication services worthless. At this exact moment, a leisure boat sailing several kilometres off the coast of Athens experiences an on-board fire. Luckily, they have a Galileo-enabled Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) to send a distress signal with, meaning they don’t have to rely on now inoperable ground-based services. 

The coastguard picks up the yacht’s distress signal and establishes its location. Due to the lack of viable ground-based communication networks, the coastguard and other emergency services communicate using the GOVSATCOM system to coordinate all search and rescue (SAR) operations. To facilitate the search and rescue itself, authorities rely on optical and in-situ data generated by Copernicus regarding, for example, current strength, wave height and water temperature. 

The end result? Disaster is averted and lives are saved, thanks in large part to the EU Space Programme.

Prioritising safety at sea

This is but one example of how safety at sea has long been one of the European maritime sector’s top priorities. Today, the European Commission is building on this tradition by investing in digital technologies that help further ensure the safety of passengers and crew, while also minimising the sector’s environmental impact. Many of these new technologies rely on the data and services generated by the EU Space Programme. 

Take for example the ground-breaking Galileo Return Link Service (RLS), part of the Galileo SAR service. Thanks to the RLS, sailors in distress, when equipped with the appropriate beacon, will see a light verifying that their distress signal has been received by emergency first responders and that their location has been established. 

Galileo is the only GNSS constellation to offer such a service to its end-users. The RLS is proven to increase survival rates by giving an important psychological boost to people in distress. Experts of Cospas-Sarsat estimated that the international SAR system, with the contribution of the Galileo SAR service, saves more than 2,000 lives a year. 

 

    EU Space in Action

    On the occasion of the Pytheas Space Maritime Forum, EUSPA, in collaboration with the Greek authorities, organised a demonstration that showcases the importance of space technologies in Search and Rescue (SAR) Operations. The exercise involved the activation of a Galileo-enabled EPIRB equipped with the innovative Return Link Service on board a leisure boat. 

    Note: this was a test exercise for the purposes of promoting the SAR service. Both Cospas-Sarsat and the Greek coastguard had previously been notified.

    • The yacht departed Floisvos Marina, Athens at 13:15 EEST and sailed towards the Saronic gulf.
    • When the boar was around 3 nautical miles off the Athens coast, EUSPA staff activate the Galileo-enabled beacon.
    • The signal was picked up almost immediately by the Greek Mission Control Center, taking only 1’08 ‘’ - a record time for the Galileo SAR service.
    • Upon acknowledgment of the location, the Galileo Return Link Service was activated. 
    • Onboard the boat, demo participants saw a blinking light on the beacon, confirming that their distress signal had been picked up. 

    Director for Outreach and Innovation at DG DEFIS, European Commission Catherine Kavvada and EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa, watched the exercise live from the Operations Room of the Hellenic Coastguard. The demonstration showcased the capabilities of the Galileo SAR service, and highlighted the added vbalue of the return link to people in distress.  

Visualise with Copernicus

Accidents often occur in poor weather conditions, where it is difficult or dangerous to deploy manned assets like helicopters. When an accident happens in a remote area, there may not be the option to send vessels or aircraft to verify the situation. In both contexts, the Copernicus Maritime Surveillance (CMS) service can provide valuable additional data to help detect, track and potentially identify the vessels in distress. By doing so, the CMS helps support SAR efforts. 

Specifically, Copernicus utilises synthetic aperture radar images, which can be used to help search for vessels over large areas, during the night and even in poor weather conditions. This capability is especially useful when a vessel loses communication and goes adrift (e.g., following a fire or tracking storm damage). Identifying the location of a vessel helps optimise the use of search and rescue assets and allows authorities to direct resources to where they are of most use. Optical images can also provide a wealth of additional information, including positively identifying the vessel, characterising the damage caused and detecting any deployed lifeboats in the water. 

Communicate with GOVSATCOM

While Galileo and Copernicus provide the necessary data and positioning, some security incidents also require a means of communication that is robustly protected against interference, interception, intrusion and other risks. GOVSATCOM bridges this gap between the need for assured and secure communication and the capabilities already offered by Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS.

Once active, GOVSATCOM will provide secure, cost-efficient communication capabilities to security and safety-critical missions, operations and infrastructure. EUSPA has been entrusted with the procurement of the secure operational ground segment (GOVSATCOM Hubs), its operations and the coordination of the user-related aspects of GOVSATCOM, all in close collaboration with the Member States and other involved entities.

Putting it all together 

Thanks to the EU Space Programme, authorities and maritime operators can rely on three different types of satellite data and signals that allow them to see, navigate and communicate. First, Copernicus provides the near real-time data needed to evaluate the state of the sea, currents and temperature. Galileo, on the other hand, makes navigation easier and more reliable, thanks to its accurate signals. Completing the maritime safety trifecta is GOVSATCOM, which ensures uninterrupted communications, even on the open seas. 

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The exercise involved the activation of a Galileo-enabled EPIRB equipped with the innovative Return Link Service on board a leisure boat.

EU Space enables safer maritime operations

18.7.2022 11:43  
The exercise involved the activation of a Galileo-enabled EPIRB equipped with the innovative Return Link Service on board a leisure boat.
Published: 
17 July 2022

 

It’s the middle of the summer holiday season and an earthquake strikes Greece, rendering all ground-based communication services worthless. At this exact moment, a leisure boat sailing several kilometres off the coast of Athens experiences an on-board fire. Luckily, they have a Galileo-enabled Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) to send a distress signal with, meaning they don’t have to rely on now inoperable ground-based services. 

The coastguard picks up the yacht’s distress signal and establishes its location. Due to the lack of viable ground-based communication networks, the coastguard and other emergency services communicate using the GOVSATCOM system to coordinate all search and rescue (SAR) operations. To facilitate the search and rescue itself, authorities rely on optical and in-situ data generated by Copernicus regarding, for example, current strength, wave height and water temperature. 

The end result? Disaster is averted and lives are saved, thanks in large part to the EU Space Programme.

Prioritising safety at sea

This is but one example of how safety at sea has long been one of the European maritime sector’s top priorities. Today, the European Commission is building on this tradition by investing in digital technologies that help further ensure the safety of passengers and crew, while also minimising the sector’s environmental impact. Many of these new technologies rely on the data and services generated by the EU Space Programme. 

Take for example the ground-breaking Galileo Return Link Service (RLS), part of the Galileo SAR service. Thanks to the RLS, sailors in distress, when equipped with the appropriate beacon, will see a light verifying that their distress signal has been received by emergency first responders and that their location has been established. 

Galileo is the only GNSS constellation to offer such a service to its end-users. The RLS is proven to increase survival rates by giving an important psychological boost to people in distress. Experts of Cospas-Sarsat estimated that the international SAR system, with the contribution of the Galileo SAR service, saves more than 2,000 lives a year. 

 

    EU Space in Action

    On the occasion of the Pytheas Space Maritime Forum, EUSPA, in collaboration with the Greek authorities, organised a demonstration that showcases the importance of space technologies in Search and Rescue (SAR) Operations. The exercise involved the activation of a Galileo-enabled EPIRB equipped with the innovative Return Link Service on board a leisure boat. 

    Note: this was a test exercise for the purposes of promoting the SAR service. Both Cospas-Sarsat and the Greek coastguard had previously been notified.

    • The yacht departed Floisvos Marina, Athens at 13:15 EEST and sailed towards the Saronic gulf.
    • When the boat was around 3 nautical miles off the Athens coast, EUSPA staff activate the Galileo-enabled beacon.
    • The signal was picked up almost immediately by the Greek Mission Control Center, taking only 1’08 ‘’ - a record time for the Galileo SAR service.
    • Upon acknowledgment of the location, the Galileo Return Link Service was activated. 
    • Onboard the boat, demo participants saw a blinking light on the beacon, confirming that their distress signal had been picked up. 

    Director for Outreach and Innovation at DG DEFIS, European Commission Catherine Kavvada and EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa, watched the exercise live from the Operations Room of the Hellenic Coastguard. The demonstration showcased the capabilities of the Galileo SAR service, and highlighted the added vbalue of the return link to people in distress.  

Visualise with Copernicus

Accidents often occur in poor weather conditions, where it is difficult or dangerous to deploy manned assets like helicopters. When an accident happens in a remote area, there may not be the option to send vessels or aircraft to verify the situation. In both contexts, the Copernicus Maritime Surveillance (CMS) service can provide valuable additional data to help detect, track and potentially identify the vessels in distress. By doing so, the CMS helps support SAR efforts. 

Specifically, Copernicus utilises synthetic aperture radar images, which can be used to help search for vessels over large areas, during the night and even in poor weather conditions. This capability is especially useful when a vessel loses communication and goes adrift (e.g., following a fire or tracking storm damage). Identifying the location of a vessel helps optimise the use of search and rescue assets and allows authorities to direct resources to where they are of most use. Optical images can also provide a wealth of additional information, including positively identifying the vessel, characterising the damage caused and detecting any deployed lifeboats in the water. 

Communicate with GOVSATCOM

While Galileo and Copernicus provide the necessary data and positioning, some security incidents also require a means of communication that is robustly protected against interference, interception, intrusion and other risks. GOVSATCOM bridges this gap between the need for assured and secure communication and the capabilities already offered by Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS.

Once active, GOVSATCOM will provide secure, cost-efficient communication capabilities to security and safety-critical missions, operations and infrastructure. EUSPA has been entrusted with the procurement of the secure operational ground segment (GOVSATCOM Hubs), its operations and the coordination of the user-related aspects of GOVSATCOM, all in close collaboration with the Member States and other involved entities.

Putting it all together 

Thanks to the EU Space Programme, authorities and maritime operators can rely on three different types of satellite data and signals that allow them to see, navigate and communicate. First, Copernicus provides the near real-time data needed to evaluate the state of the sea, currents and temperature. Galileo, on the other hand, makes navigation easier and more reliable, thanks to its accurate signals. Completing the maritime safety trifecta is GOVSATCOM, which ensures uninterrupted communications, even on the open seas. 

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The exercise involved the activation of a Galileo-enabled EPIRB equipped with the innovative Return Link Service on board a leisure boat.

Using Galileo to protect boats from criminals

11.7.2022 17:05  
New security solution uses Galileo to protect boats from criminal activity
Published: 
12 July 2022

From theft to hacking and un-anchoring, boats of all shapes and sizes are becoming an increasingly popular target for attacks, including cyberattacks. Protecting these critical and often expensive assets requires new, outside-the-box solutions. 

One of those solutions, powered by Galileo, is ARGOS.

Developed with the support of the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), through its Fundamental Elements funding initiative, ARGOS leverages the Galileo services and newest differentiatiors as a means of securing yachts and boats against criminal activity and making their mooring safer. 

The solution is unique; it not only provides the accurate position of a vessel (or related assets), it also uses the Galileo Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA) to assure the user that the navigation message received is in fact from Galileo and has not been modified. 

By fusing this Galileo-provided positioning information with data from on-board sensors, ARGOS can:

Protect a vessel against theft, tampering, un-anchoring and interruptions to the power supply  

Provide real-time monitoring of a docked or anchored boat’s location

Accurately track a vessel’s location, monitoring that it remains in a pre-defined geo-fenced area

Defend navigation systems against cyberattacks, spoofing and other forms of manipulation

In addition to Galileo and sensors, the ARGOS solution comes equipped with artificial intelligence, 4G connectivity, WiFi, Bluetooth, CAN-BUS, an anti-tampering system and a backup battery.

ARGOS ready for use

ARGOS is not just another technological concept. Following a successful demonstration, the ARGOS solution is now market-ready and it will well position in the market thanks to a strong and unique value proposition. To take advantage of its range of security services, all a user needs to do is install the device onboard the vessel and be ready to receive notifications in case an alert is triggered. 

From there, ARGOS communicates information on the boat’s location and monitor it within a pre-defined geo-fenced area through a proprietary ecosystem. This process starts with the control centre, which uses sophisticated algorithms to track and control the vessel’s position. The information collected, along with any alarms and notifications, is relayed to the user via an easy-to-use mobile app and/or web portal.  

ARGOS was developed by a consortium of companies, including Modis, Permare, GEA Space, ChipCraft and Aria United. The group is currently exploring the option of expanding the technology to other transport sectors, such as bikes, scooters and shared mobility services.

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New security solution uses Galileo to protect boats from criminal activity

Czech EU Presidency puts space at the centre of its security priority

1.7.2022 11:56  
In the face of growing global instability, the Czech EU Presidency has made security a key priority – and one that will be supported by the EU Space Programme.
Published: 
01 July 2022

July 1st marks the start of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union. As the host country of the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), it’s safe to say that space will play a key role in achieving some of the presidency’s top priorities.  

The Council presidency rotates among the EU Member States every six months. During this time, it chairs meetings at every level in the Council, helping ensure the continuity of the EU's work in the Council. 

With the Czech Presidency starting in the midst of growing global instability, it will use the next half year to focus on strengthening Europe’s defence capabilities and cybersecurity. As to the former, the presidency aims to pay particular attention to reducing the EU’s technological dependence on third-party countries and enhancing the EU’s own capacity for building disruptive technologies. As to the latter, the Czech Presidency plans to reinforce the Union’s cybersecurity infrastructure.

At the centre of both is the EU Space Programme.

EU Space for European autonomy 

At the heart of the EU Space Programme is European autonomy. Before Galileo, GNSS users depended on other countries’ satellite signals. With Galileo, Europeans now have a reliable alternative that remains under civil control. 

This is important as satellite positioning has become an essential service that is often taken for granted. Just think what would happen if GNSS signals were suddenly switched off. Truck and taxi drivers, ship and aircraft crews and millions of people around the world would suddenly be lost. Furthermore, financial and communication activities, public utilities, security and humanitarian operations and emergency services would all come to a standstill. 

Galileo helps minimise the risk of any of this happening.

EUSPA answers the cybersecurity challenge 

While the EU Space Programme has given the European Union a new level of autonomy and independence, by no means does this make it immune to cyberattacks. As the number of critical services and everyday devices that depend on satellite-based data continues to increase, so too does the cybersecurity risk.

Ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of space data against cyber threats is a challenge that EUSPA takes very seriously. In addition to its service provision, EUSPA also serves as the security gatekeeper of the EU Space Programme – a role that includes, amongst other things, keeping Europe’s GNSS signals secure. 

Building an even more robust EU Space Programme

Because security is such a critical issue, and one that space is playing an increasingly bigger role in, the EU is developing several new security-oriented, space-related initiatives. One of those is GOVSATCOM

As the fourth pillar of the EU Space Programme, GOVSATCOM bridges the gap between the need for assured and secure communication and the capabilities already offered by Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS. A user-centric programme, GOVSATCOM is designed to meet the unique requirements of governmental applications, including those used for crisis management, surveillance and the management of key infrastructures. The programme will provide a means of communication that is robustly protected against interference, interception, intrusion and other risks.

EUSPA has been entrusted with procuring the secure operational ground segment, its operations and the coordination of the user-related aspects of GOVSATCOM, all in close collaboration with Member States and other involved entities.

Complementing GOVSATCOM and the rest of the EU Space Programme is the EU’s Secure Connectivity Initiative. This new asset is set to provide secure communication services to the EU and its Member States, as well as offer a new level of connectivity for European citizens, private companies and governmental authorities. The initiative will build a resilient, ultra-secure space- and ground-based system that will put an end to dead zones and offer high-speed broadband to everyone in Europe and even some areas of Africa.

With the addition of the Secure Connectivity Initiative and GOVSATCOM, the EU and the Czech Presidency continue to ramp up Europe’s own space resources and infrastructure, strengthening its sovereignty and security. 

EUSPA looks forward to working with the Czech Presidency. Together, we can leverage the many benefits of the EU Space Programme to keep European citizens and interests safe and secure.

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In the face of growing global instability, the Czech EU Presidency has made security a key priority – and one that will be supported by the EU Space Programme.

EUSPA takes on the Space Surveillance and Tracking helpdesk as of 2023

27.6.2022 10:53  
As part of its expanded role in the #EUSpace Programme, EUSPA will take responsibility for the Programme’s Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) Front Desk service.
Published: 
27 June 2022

The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) will take responsibility for the Programme’s Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) Front Desk operations service, following a Commission’s Decision of 03 June 2022. 

The responsibility will be transferred from the European Satellite Centre (SatCen), who currently operates the service, to EUSPA’s Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) in Madrid, which will now serve as the SST Front Desk. The Front Desk is the main interface for the delivery of SST information and services, including activities related to user coordination, service performance, engagement and promotion. 

The EU established the SST as a means of mitigating the increasing risk of collision between European operators’ space assets, such as Galileo satellites, and other spacecraft and debris. To do this, the system uses a network of nationally owned ground-based sensors and other infrastructure to survey and track artificial space objects orbiting Earth. 

The SST is part of the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) component of the EU Space Programme and plays a key role in ensuring the safety and security of the European economies, societies and citizens who rely on space-based applications. As such, transferring the system’s Front Desk to EUSPA aligns with the Agency’s mission of linking space to user needs and further strengthens the resiliency of the EU Space Programme.  

In preparation for the transfer, EUSPA is working closely with SatCen to design, procure, validate and implement the necessary IT infrastructure. The two organisations are also cooperating on the handover of the relevant operational information and related competencies. EUSPA is currently in the process of onboarding the necessary talent to manage the service. 

In addition to its SST Front Desk responsibilities, EUSPA is preparing the system’s security monitoring jointly with the European Commission and the EUSST Consortium, particularly as to establishing the security requirements needed to shape the SST network. The Agency will also operate the security monitoring of the network.  

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As part of its expanded role in the #EUSpace Programme, EUSPA will take responsibility for the Programme’s Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) Front Desk service.

EUSPA re-opens testing campaign for INAV improvements implementation

24.6.2022 10:35  
The present European GNSS (Galileo) Open Service Signal-In-Space Interface Control Document (OS SIS ICD) Issue 2.0 contains the publicly available information on the Galileo Signal-In-Space.
Published: 
24 June 2022

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is re-opening a testing campaign for INAV improvements implementation and hereby invites external stakeholders to express their interest in participating in such testing campaign. 

The testing will cover any of the three I/NAV improvements (SSP, FEC-2, RedCED), that will be tested in laboratory using simulated realistic scenarios, including open sky as well as impaired environments. The tests will allow the participants to have confirmation of the correct implementation of the OSSISICD 2.0. In case of specific interest, legacy receivers (e.g. not implementing I/NAV improvements) could be also tested, solely at the scope of confirming that they are not impacted anyhow by the introduction of the new I/NAV capabilities (backward compatibility is in any case guaranteed “by design” for any receiver that is fully compliant with the Galileo OS SIS ICD provisions, and referring in particular to section 4.1.2). 

The characteristics of the testing campaign are described here.

The interested participants may be invited to provide their product(s) before 1 August or 1 October to the premises indicated below according to the terms and conditions that will be communicated by the agency and be ready to provide any remote technical assistance needed during the testing as well as all the necessary interface documentation required for the testing. Any further detailed provision, including the possibility to provide the testing laboratories with ad-hoc receiver development platforms facilitating the testing activities, will be discussed with the interested participants.

The tests will be executed at the laboratories of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, and of the European Space Agency ESA/ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Each applicant will be assigned by EUSPA to any of the two laboratories depending on the specific conditions and availability.

Testing is currently foreseen to be done in three batches, starting on 1 August and 1 October 2022. The EUSPA reserves the right to change the scope, and timeline of the procedure.

Express your interest 

If you are interested in participating in the testing campaign above, please express your interest by sending an email before 15/07/2022, 17:00 (Prague local time) to the following email address: market@euspa.europa.eu. The subject of the email shall be “INAV improvements implementation testing campaign: 2nd call”.

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The present European GNSS (Galileo) Open Service Signal-In-Space Interface Control Document (OS SIS ICD) Issue 2.0 contains the publicly available information on the Galileo Signal-In-Space.

EUSPA re-opens testing campaign for INAV improvements implementation

24.6.2022 10:35  
The present European GNSS (Galileo) Open Service Signal-In-Space Interface Control Document (OS SIS ICD) Issue 2.0 contains the publicly available information on the Galileo Signal-In-Space.
Published: 
24 June 2022

(The information has been updated as of 29 July 2022)

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is re-opening a testing campaign for INAV improvements implementation and hereby invites external stakeholders to express their interest in participating in such testing campaign. 

The testing will cover any of the three I/NAV improvements (SSP, FEC-2, RedCED), that will be tested in laboratory using simulated realistic scenarios, including open sky as well as impaired environments. The tests will allow the participants to have confirmation of the correct implementation of the OSSISICD 2.0. In case of specific interest, legacy receivers (e.g. not implementing I/NAV improvements) could be also tested, solely at the scope of confirming that they are not impacted anyhow by the introduction of the new I/NAV capabilities (backward compatibility is in any case guaranteed “by design” for any receiver that is fully compliant with the Galileo OS SIS ICD provisions, and referring in particular to section 4.1.2). 

The characteristics of the testing campaign are described here.

The interested participants may be invited to provide their product(s) before 1 October to the premises indicated below according to the terms and conditions that will be communicated by the agency and be ready to provide any remote technical assistance needed during the testing as well as all the necessary interface documentation required for the testing. Any further detailed provision, including the possibility to provide the testing laboratories with ad-hoc receiver development platforms facilitating the testing activities, will be discussed with the interested participants.

The tests will be executed at the laboratories of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, and of the European Space Agency ESA/ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Each applicant will be assigned by EUSPA to any of the two laboratories depending on the specific conditions and availability.

Testing is currently foreseen to start on 1 October 2022. The EUSPA reserves the right to change the scope, and timeline of the procedure.

Express your interest 

If you are interested in participating in the testing campaign above, please express your interest by sending an email before 15/09/2022, 17:00 (Prague local time) to the following email address: market@euspa.europa.eu. The subject of the email shall be “INAV improvements implementation testing campaign: 2nd call”.

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The present European GNSS (Galileo) Open Service Signal-In-Space Interface Control Document (OS SIS ICD) Issue 2.0 contains the publicly available information on the Galileo Signal-In-Space.

The EUSPA Space Academy: Lift off to a successful space business!

20.6.2022 17:57  
EUSPA Space Academy offers free online training to space entrepreneurs
Published: 
21 June 2022

Tired of the nine-to-five grind? Spacing out at your desk while thinking of launching your own start-up? 

It’s time to stop dreaming, buckle up and get ready for lift off towards exciting opportunities in space!

The Space Academy, a new initiative by the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), is your ticket to creating ground-breaking new apps and disruptive business solutions using the power of the EU Space Programme.

This free online training is open to all individuals, start-ups, entrepreneurs and SMEs who want to learn the ins and outs of building a space application business. 

From innovative idea to successful space business 

Your training starts with a series of modules that can be followed using your own device and completed when and where you want. The modules are taught by top academics, industry leaders and EUSPA experts, all of whom bring real-world experience to your learning journey. 

By covering a specific topic or skill, these modules serve as building blocks for turning your innovative idea into a successful space business. Topics range from the technical details of the EU Space Programme and its various components to practical business skills such as:

Customer support and sales

Building a successful team

Resource allocation

Business plans and models

Access to funding

Intellectual Property, copyrights and data policy

And much, much more

Pick and choose which modules to follow and tailor your training to your own unique learning needs. Opportunities for Q&As, one-on-one sessions, additional workshops, personalised follow-ups and mentoring may also be available. Once you finish the training, you’ll receive an official certificate of completion from EUSPA.  

What are you waiting for? Subscribe to the EUSPA Space Academy today and then it’s 3, 2, 1 lift off to a successful space business! 

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EUSPA Space Academy offers free online training to space entrepreneurs

Think you know EU Space?

15.6.2022 12:38  
Test your EU Space knowledge with our quiz
Published: 
17 June 2022

You read our news, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, watch our YouTube videos, download our publications, and subscribe to our weekly Watch This Space Newsletter. Maybe you’ve even attended an event or two. 

But does that make you ‘space smart’?

To find out, it’s time to put your EU Space knowledge to the test and take our online quiz!

There are 10 questions that cover everything from EGNOS, Galileo and Copernicus to market uptake and the forthcoming GOVSATCOM. Some might be a breeze, but others might leave you scratching your head. 

To help you out, we’ve created this cheat sheet, which you can use to go from being a space student to becoming a space ace. 

How many Galileo satellites are now in orbit?

There are currently 28 Galileo satellites in orbit. The most recent satellite to enter service is called Nikolina, named after one of the children who won the 2020 Galileo drawing competition. With satellites 29 and 30 set for launch later this year, Galileo will soon enter Full Operational Capability. 

What are EUSPA’s responsibilities?

Under our new mandate, which went into effect just over a year ago, EUSPA is responsible not only for implementing the EU Space Programme (and ensuring that EU citizens and companies benefit and make the best out of it) but also for the satellite service provision of Galileo and EGNOS and the security accreditation of the EU Space Programme. But even with our expanded mandate and new responsibilities, EUSPA’s mission remains the same: linking space to user needs.

How many airports across Europe use EGNOS today for safer, greener and less noisy landings?

EGNOS has revolutionised aviation – creating greater access to small and regional airports, increasing safety and facilitating more sustainable flight routes across Europe. Today, over 400 airports have implemented EGNOS-based approaches, including many small and regional airports that cannot afford the high cost of ground-based navigational systems. By increasing accessibility to regional airports, EGNOS-based procedures help decongest Europe’s busy airspace, especially around the major hub airports.

At what altitude do Galileo satellites orbit Earth?

While Galileo satellites may be orbiting 22,900 kilometres above us, their impact is felt right here on Earth. Whether you’re using a navigation device in your car or on your mobile phone, thanks to these satellites in space, you’ll always know your exact position. That same positioning and timing information is also used for everything from search and rescue missions to keeping the trains running on time.

What percentage of new tractors in Europe use EGNOS?

With EGNOS, European farmers can leverage the many benefits of precision agriculture, including cutting waste, saving time, reducing fatigue, optimising equipment and increasing crop yields. No wonder 97% of new tractors use EGNOS! 

Which facts and figures are true about EUSPA?

Just as the EU is diverse, so too is EUSPA. Today, we have 250 colleagues from 22 different nationalities. Our team is spread across 7 locations and 5 sites that stretch from our headquarters in Prague to our operational facilities in France, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Belgium. With plans to expand to around 300 staff by 2024, we’re always looking for new talent to join our team

What will GOVSATCOM offer?

As the fourth pillar of the EU Space Programme, GOVSATCOM will offer secure communication capabilities to security and safety critical missions managed by the EU and its Member States. EUSPA has been entrusted with the procurement of the secure operational ground segment, its operations and the coordination of the user-related aspects of GOVSATCOM, all in close collaboration with Member States and other involved entities.

Today, how many smartphones use Galileo worldwide?

Around the world, more than 3 billion smartphones rely on Galileo’s precise positioning information for a range of location-based services. This number will continue to grow, as all smartphones sold within the European single market are now required to be Galileo-enabled

Which component of the EU Space Programme allows us to monitor climate change?

From curbing CO2 emissions to fighting illegal logging and tracking biodiversity, Copernicus – Europe’s Earth Observation programme – is an essential tool for monitoring climate change and delivering on the Green Deal’s ambitious goals. 

According to the 2022 EUSPA EO and GNSS Market Report, how much revenue did the GNSS and Earth Observation downstream market generate in 2021? 

Not only did the GNSS and EO downstream market generate over EUR 200 billion in revenue in 2021, but it’s set to reach almost half a trillion over the next decade. Add this up and what you have is a very lucrative investment opportunity.

A space ace

You now have all the information you need to ace our space quiz. Keep following our EUSPA channels to ensure your EU Space knowledge stays in top form! 

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Test your EU Space knowledge with our quiz

New Fundamental Elements call kicks off with dedicated workshop

14.6.2022 10:31  
Attendees at the Fundamental Elements workshop will learn about the programme and hear about previous projects
Published: 
14 June 2022

The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is set to launch a new Fundamental Elements call. To kick things off, they are hosting a dedicated online workshop on 30 June. The workshop is an opportunity to not only learn about the new call, but also hear from successful projects funded during the last call.

Fundamental Elements is an R&D funding mechanism designed to support the development of innovative chipset, antenna and receiver technologies that industry would not yet invest in on its own initiative. In doing so, the programme helps accelerate the integration of European GNSS (EGNSS) into market-ready devices and solutions.  

Projects funded by Fundamental Elements play a key role in EUSPA’s mission of driving the development and market uptake of Galileo-enabled receivers. For example, the GEARS project, which was funded during the initial call, developed a super accurate and highly robust Galileo-enabled receiver capable of providing both time and frequency data for critical infrastructure. 

GEARS, another project funded during the programme’s first call, developed an eCall and anti-theft system leveraging Galileo. The innovative device integrated the anti-theft and e-call Galileo based system into a small/medium-size scooter manageable by the user through a mobile application, battery duration, and the antenna performance in a stressed environment, due to the vibrations and potential accidents.

The new Fundamental Elements call builds on the success of projects like these by: 

Integrating Galileo’s key differentiators into receiver technologies, including OS-NMA, High Accuracy Frequency, triple frequency, Early Warning Service, CAS and ARAIM

Leveraging disruptive technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence

Exploring potential synergies with Copernicus and the forthcoming GovSatCom 

More details about these points and the call in general will be made available during EUSPA’s upcoming Fundamental Elements online Workshop via Webex. Scheduled for 30 June, the workshop will include in-depth information on the funding programme and the application process. The event will also feature a number of project teams funded during the first Fundamental Elements call, who will share their experiences, best practices and advice for putting together a successful project.     

You can register for the workshop here

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Attendees at the Fundamental Elements workshop will learn about the programme and hear about previous projects

New Fundamental Elements call kicks off with dedicated workshop

14.6.2022 10:31  
Attendees at the Fundamental Elements workshop will learn about the programme and hear about previous projects
Published: 
14 June 2022

The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is set to launch a new Fundamental Elements call. To kick things off, they are hosting a dedicated online workshop on 30 June. The workshop is an opportunity to not only learn about the new call, but also hear from successful projects funded during the last call.

Fundamental Elements is an R&D funding mechanism designed to support the development of innovative chipset, antenna and receiver technologies that industry would not yet invest in on its own initiative. In doing so, the programme helps accelerate the integration of European GNSS (EGNSS) into market-ready devices and solutions.  

Projects funded by Fundamental Elements play a key role in EUSPA’s mission of driving the development and market uptake of Galileo-enabled receivers. For example, the GEARS project, which was funded during the initial call, developed a super accurate and highly robust Galileo-enabled receiver capable of providing both time and frequency data for critical infrastructure. 

GEARS, another project funded during the programme’s first call, developed an eCall and anti-theft system leveraging Galileo. The innovative device integrated the anti-theft and e-call Galileo based system into a small/medium-size scooter manageable by the user through a mobile application, battery duration, and the antenna performance in a stressed environment, due to the vibrations and potential accidents.

The new Fundamental Elements call builds on the success of projects like these by: 

Integrating Galileo’s key differentiators into receiver technologies, including OS-NMA, High Accuracy Frequency, triple frequency, Early Warning Service, CAS and ARAIM

Leveraging disruptive technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence

Exploring potential synergies with Copernicus and the forthcoming GovSatCom 

More details about these points and the call in general will be made available during EUSPA’s upcoming Fundamental Elements online Workshop via Webex. Scheduled for 30 June, the workshop will include in-depth information on the funding programme and the application process. The event will also feature a number of project teams funded during the first Fundamental Elements call, who will share their experiences, best practices and advice for putting together a successful project. See the agenda here.     

You can register for the workshop here

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Attendees at the Fundamental Elements workshop will learn about the programme and hear about previous projects

New Fundamental Elements call kicks off with dedicated workshop

14.6.2022 10:31  
Attendees at the Fundamental Elements workshop will learn about the programme and hear about previous projects
Published: 
14 June 2022

The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is set to launch a new Fundamental Elements call. To kick things off, they are hosting a dedicated online workshop on 30 June. The workshop is an opportunity to not only learn about the new call, but also hear from successful projects funded during the last call.

Fundamental Elements is an R&D funding mechanism designed to support the development of innovative chipset, antenna and receiver technologies that industry would not yet invest in on its own initiative. In doing so, the programme helps accelerate the integration of European GNSS (EGNSS) into market-ready devices and solutions.  

Projects funded by Fundamental Elements play a key role in EUSPA’s mission of driving the development and market uptake of Galileo-enabled receivers. For example, the GEARS project, which was funded during the initial call, developed a super accurate and highly robust Galileo-enabled receiver capable of providing both time and frequency data for critical infrastructure. 

GEARS, another project funded during the programme’s first call, developed an eCall and anti-theft system leveraging Galileo. The innovative device integrated the anti-theft and e-call Galileo based system into a small/medium-size scooter manageable by the user through a mobile application, battery duration, and the antenna performance in a stressed environment, due to the vibrations and potential accidents.

The new Fundamental Elements call builds on the success of projects like these by: 

Integrating Galileo’s key differentiators into receiver technologies, including OS-NMA, High Accuracy Frequency, triple frequency, Early Warning Service, CAS and ARAIM

Leveraging disruptive technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence

Exploring potential synergies with Copernicus and the forthcoming GovSatCom 

More details about these points and the call in general will be made available during EUSPA’s upcoming Fundamental Elements online Workshop via Webex. Scheduled for 30 June, the workshop will include in-depth information on the funding programme and the application process. The event will also feature a number of project teams funded during the first Fundamental Elements call, who will share their experiences, best practices and advice for putting together a successful project. See the agenda here.     

You can register for the workshop here

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Attendees at the Fundamental Elements workshop will learn about the programme and hear about previous projects

EU Space to keep Europe’s railways on track

10.6.2022 9:30  
The European rail sector is one step closer to leveraging GNSS as a safe source of positioning.
Published: 
10 June 2022

When it comes to making European rail safer, cleaner and more efficient, the EU Space Programme is nothing short of a gamechanger. As a case in point, look no further than the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS). 

ERTMS aims to make rail transport safer and more competitive by replacing Europe’s different national train control and command systems with a single, coordinated and highly digital solution. To do this, it’s using European GNSS.

Not only does GNSS provide precise positioning and localisation, when augmented by EGNOS and possibly fused with other sensors, it has the potential to replace the expensive physical balises used to monitor train speed and streamline rail operations. 

GNSS’ potential becomes even greater when its positioning is complemented by Earth Observation. For example, railway operators can use Earth Observation data to monitor and prevent vegetation encroachment, landsides, and other risks that could endanger the safe operation of trains. 

With the goal of further advancing the safe use of GNSS as a source of positioning for trains, the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) has funded several research and development projects. One of those projects is CLUG, an initiative dedicated to developing a cost-efficient train tracking solution using EU satellite technology in conjunction with other sensors and data. 

Developing future train technology today

The CLUG project brought together experienced rail operators and infrastructure managers to define a set of specifications and operational scenarios capable of meeting the sector’s strict safety needs. The main outcome of this work is an interoperable, failsafe Train Localisation on Board Unit (TLOBU). 

The TLOBU uses measurements from a GNSS receiver and an EGNOS-enabled integrity algorithm, together with other technologies, such as an IMU and a digital map notably, to provide train and railway operators with such critical information as positioning and velocity. 

"It is within EUSPA’s long term strategy to ensure that EGNSS can support fail-safe train localization within ERTMS. CLUG consortium composed by many important railway undertakings and system integrators is contributing to this objective by developing Train Localization onboard unit, combining EGNSS with additional sensors to achieve the required localization performance in difficult railway environment," says Daniel Lopour, Market Development Officer for Rail and Logistics at EUSPA.

Read this: EGNOS and Galileo on the ambitious Digital Rail agenda (europa.eu)

“The idea is to move away from trackside-based train detection systems to onboard safe navigation systems using multi sensor fusion with EGNSS” said CLUG Project Coordinator Valentin Barreau, who made his remarks during the project’s Final Event on 9 June. 

“The absolute safe train positioning solution is oriented towards the needs of the future railway system. It will foster concepts such as intelligent traffic management, automated train operation (GoA2 to GoA4), ERTMS/ETCS Level 3 and it will decrease the cost of the ERTSM signalling system” by reducing the ground equipment used for safe train localisation, including axel counters, track circuits and, to some extent, physical balises.

Although the project itself is now finished, the CLUG team plans to continue developing its solution with the aim to include the necessary elements within the future evolution of the ERTMS technical specifications for interoperability.  

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The European rail sector is one step closer to leveraging GNSS as a safe source of positioning.

Pytheas Space Maritime Forum: educating the next generation EU seafarers and young professionals with the power of #EUSpace

8.6.2022 15:37  
The first Pytheas Maritime Space Forum is a 3 day summer camp open to EU students, seafarers and young professional between the ages of 20 and 30 with an interest in the shipping and/or space industries.
Published: 
08 June 2022

University is out, the weather is warm and the days are long – all signs that summer is finally here. But instead of spending the entire summer on the beach, why not travel to Athens and learn how the EU Space Programme is making the maritime sector smarter, safer and more sustainable?  

The first Pytheas Maritime Space Forum is a three-day summer camp open to EU students, seafarers and young professional between the ages of 20 and 30 with an interest in the shipping and/or space industries. Happening 15 – 17 July 2022, this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get an up-close understanding of how Galileo, Copernicus and EGNOS are redefining the shipping industry. 

The details 

Named after the Greek navigator, geographer, astronomer and explorer, the Pytheas Maritime Space Forum is organised by Isalos.net, a training initiative dedicated to connecting the shipping industry with the next generation of maritime professionals. 

Held within the framework of the 2022 European Year of Youth, the forum will provide students and young professionals from across the European Union with a platform for sharing their vision about the blue economy and the future of the maritime industry. The European Year of the Youth, an initiative of the European Union and the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, aims to highlight the important role that young Europeans play in building a greener, digital and more inclusive future.  

The Pytheas Maritime Space Forum is open to all EU citizens between 20 and 30 years old who are either studying or employed in the EU blue economy. To apply, please submit a letter of recommendation, a current CV and two brief essays.  

Students will be evaluated based on academic criteria by professors of the University of Aegean and Piraeus. Selected participants can expect a full three days of networking activities, informational sessions, hands-on workshops and on-site visits. Participation is free. Some students will be offered travel and accommodations costs

This forum will be an excellent opportunity to connect with fellow young professionals and underscores the essential roles that space-based technology and EUSPA play in driving a safer and more sustainable maritime industry.

EUSPA is happy to be contributing its expertise and knowledge in the fields of satellite navigation and Earth Observation to the forum’s agenda, which includes such topics as: 

Transformation of Shipping: emerging technologies in navigation and telecommunication

Space and the Sea: towards greener maritime operations

Safety and Security at sea enabled by the EU Space Programme.  

You can learn more about the forum here, or click here to start the application process. The deadline for applying is 15 June 2022.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The first Pytheas Maritime Space Forum is a 3 day summer camp open to EU students, seafarers and young professional between the ages of 20 and 30 with an interest in the shipping and/or space industries.

Pytheas Space Maritime Forum: educating the next generation EU seafarers and young professionals with the power of #EUSpace

8.6.2022 15:37  
The first Pytheas Maritime Space Forum is a 3 day summer camp open to EU students, seafarers and young professional between the ages of 20 and 30 with an interest in the shipping and/or space industries.
Published: 
08 June 2022

University is out, the weather is warm and the days are long – all signs that summer is finally here. But instead of spending the entire summer on the beach, why not travel to Athens and learn how the EU Space Programme is making the maritime sector smarter, safer and more sustainable?  

The first Pytheas Maritime Space Forum is a three-day summer camp open to EU students, seafarers and young professionals between the ages of 20 and 30 with an interest in the shipping and/or space industries. Happening 15 – 17 July 2022, this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get an up-close understanding of how Galileo, Copernicus and EGNOS are redefining the shipping industry. 

The details 

Named after the Greek navigator, geographer, astronomer and explorer, the Pytheas Maritime Space Forum is organised by Isalos.net, a training initiative dedicated to connecting the shipping industry with the next generation of maritime professionals. 

Held within the framework of the 2022 European Year of Youth, the forum will provide students and young professionals from across the European Union with a platform for sharing their vision about the blue economy and the future of the maritime industry. The European Year of the Youth, an initiative of the European Union and the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, aims to highlight the important role that young Europeans play in building a greener, digital and more inclusive future.  

The Pytheas Maritime Space Forum is open to all EU citizens between 20 and 30 years old who are either studying or employed in the EU blue economy. To apply, please submit a letter of recommendation, a current CV and two brief essays.  

Students will be evaluated based on academic criteria by professors of the University of Aegean and Piraeus. Selected participants can expect a full three days of networking activities, informational sessions, hands-on workshops and on-site visits. Participation is free. Some students will be offered travel and accommodations costs

This forum will be an excellent opportunity to connect with fellow young professionals and underscores the essential roles that space-based technology and EUSPA play in driving a safer and more sustainable maritime industry.

EUSPA is happy to be contributing its expertise and knowledge in the fields of satellite navigation and Earth Observation to the forum’s agenda, which includes such topics as: 

Transformation of Shipping: emerging technologies in navigation and telecommunication

Space and the Sea: towards greener maritime operations

Safety and Security at sea enabled by the EU Space Programme.  

You can learn more about the forum here, or click here to start the application process. The deadline for applying is 24 June 2022.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The first Pytheas Maritime Space Forum is a 3 day summer camp open to EU students, seafarers and young professional between the ages of 20 and 30 with an interest in the shipping and/or space industries.

Galileo OSNMA Workshop: testing insights and upcoming opportunities

7.6.2022 11:05  
To contribute to the detection of certain types of data-level GNSS attacks, EUSPA and the European Commission are currently testing the Galileo Open Service – Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA)
Published: 
07 June 2022

The Galileo OSNMA Public Observation Test Phase is ongoing and has successfully gathered GNSS manufacturers, integrators and application developers to test this new authentication mechanism. Participants have been able to test OSNMA via Signal in Space (SiS) with a free choice of scenarios depending on their target use cases and assess the service’s performance. EUSPA values the feedback of testers and will leverage the knowledge gained during this phase to enhance the functionality in preparation for its service declaration. 

As mentioned during the Galileo OSNMA Public Observation Webinar held on 2nd February 2022, opportunities are designed throughout the testing phase for participants to discuss their test results with EUSPA experts and gain visibility for their OSNMA tested solutions. In this context, the Agency is organising the first Galileo OSNMA Public Observation Workshop to take place online on the 28th June 2022. You can find the agenda here. EUSPA experts will present an overview of the status of the testing phase, selected participants will discuss preliminary test results and market stakeholders will introduce their perspective on OSNMA added value for specific use cases. 

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about additional activities involving OSNMA. The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) will present more details on the testing of scenarios not accessible via SiS, while the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) will showcase the role of OSNMA in the development of standards for a resilient position, navigation and time (PNT).

To attend this Workshop, please register here.

The registration will be open until June 26th. 

Relevant interested parties can still register for the Public Observation Test Phase by accessing the OSNMA Public Observation Webpage.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

To contribute to the detection of certain types of data-level GNSS attacks, EUSPA and the European Commission are currently testing the Galileo Open Service – Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA)

Galileo OSNMA Workshop: testing insights and upcoming opportunities

7.6.2022 11:05  
To contribute to the detection of certain types of data-level GNSS attacks, EUSPA and the European Commission are currently testing the Galileo Open Service – Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA)
Published: 
07 June 2022

The Galileo OSNMA Public Observation Test Phase is ongoing and has successfully gathered GNSS manufacturers, integrators and application developers to test this new authentication mechanism. Participants have been able to test OSNMA via Signal in Space (SiS) with a free choice of scenarios depending on their target use cases and assess the service’s performance. EUSPA values the feedback of testers and will leverage the knowledge gained during this phase to enhance the functionality in preparation for its service declaration. 

As mentioned during the Galileo OSNMA Public Observation Webinar held on 2nd February 2022, opportunities are designed throughout the testing phase for participants to discuss their test results with EUSPA experts and gain visibility for their OSNMA tested solutions. In this context, the Agency is organising the first Galileo OSNMA Public Observation Workshop to take place online on the 28th June 2022. You can find the agenda here. EUSPA experts will present an overview of the status of the testing phase, selected participants will discuss preliminary test results and market stakeholders will introduce their perspective on OSNMA added value for specific use cases. 

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about additional activities involving OSNMA. The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) will present more details on the testing of scenarios not accessible via SiS, while the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) will showcase the role of OSNMA in the development of standards for a resilient position, navigation and time (PNT).

To attend this Workshop, please register here.

The registration will be open until June 26th. 

Relevant interested parties can still register for the Public Observation Test Phase by accessing the OSNMA Public Observation Webpage.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

To contribute to the detection of certain types of data-level GNSS attacks, EUSPA and the European Commission are currently testing the Galileo Open Service – Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA)

Galileo OSNMA Workshop: testing insights and upcoming opportunities

7.6.2022 11:05  
To contribute to the detection of certain types of data-level GNSS attacks, EUSPA and the European Commission are currently testing the Galileo Open Service – Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA)
Published: 
07 June 2022

The Galileo OSNMA Public Observation Test Phase is ongoing and has successfully gathered GNSS manufacturers, integrators and application developers to test this new authentication mechanism. Participants have been able to test OSNMA via Signal in Space (SiS) with a free choice of scenarios depending on their target use cases and assess the service’s performance. EUSPA values the feedback of testers and will leverage the knowledge gained during this phase to enhance the functionality in preparation for its service declaration. 

As mentioned during the Galileo OSNMA Public Observation Webinar held on 2nd February 2022, opportunities are designed throughout the testing phase for participants to discuss their test results with EUSPA experts and gain visibility for their OSNMA tested solutions. In this context, the Agency is organising the first Galileo OSNMA Public Observation Workshop to take place online on the 28th June 2022. You can find the agenda here. EUSPA experts will present an overview of the status of the testing phase, selected participants will discuss preliminary test results and market stakeholders will introduce their perspective on OSNMA added value for specific use cases. 

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about additional activities involving OSNMA. The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) will present more details on the testing of scenarios not accessible via SiS, while the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) will showcase the role of OSNMA in the development of standards for a resilient position, navigation and time (PNT).

To attend this Workshop, please register here.

The registration will be open until June 26th. 

Relevant interested parties can still register for the Public Observation Test Phase by accessing the OSNMA Public Observation Webpage.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

To contribute to the detection of certain types of data-level GNSS attacks, EUSPA and the European Commission are currently testing the Galileo Open Service – Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA)

EGNOS makes flying sustainably ‘easy’

3.6.2022 14:32  
A320neo with Pratt and Whtney engines is certified
Published: 
03 June 2022

EGNOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service, has revolutionised the way we fly: creating greater access to small and regional airports, increasing safety and facilitating more sustainable flight routes across Europe. 

“From the commercial, regional, general and business aviation sectors to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), airports and the end user – everyone benefits from EGNOS,” says Jean-Marc Piéplu,  Head of EGNOS Services Department at the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA).

With news that Airbus has delivered the first EGNOS-enabled A320neo to the popular low-cost airline EasyJet, soon even more passengers will be flying with EGNOS. The A320neo is the world’s most popular aircraft family for short-haul flights, claiming the greatest number of aircraft sold and delivered. 

Accurate guidance for safer landings

As an alternative to ground-based Instrument Landing System (ILS) navigational aids, EGNOS-enabled approaches, often referred to as localiser performance with vertical guidance (LPV), utilise geostationary satellites and a network of ground stations to receive, analyse and augment GNSS signals. In doing so, it enables aircraft approaches that are operationally equivalent to ILS CAT I, providing lateral and vertical guidance without the need for visual contact with the ground until a decision height of only 200 feet above the runway as minimum. 

In addition to providing pilots with accurate guidance for safer landings (even in poor weather conditions), EGNOS is also more cost effective to install, maintain and operate than equivalent ground-based systems. This makes EGNOS particularly attractive to Europe’s many small and regional airports that simply cannot afford the high cost of ILS. 

“Having the ability to cost-effectively offer accurate vertical guidance makes these airports safer and more attractive to short-haul flights,” explains Piéplu “Moreover, EGNOS based procedures are mandatory in all instrument runways by 2024, and will be the main means for CAT-I by 2030 in EU.” 

Towards a more sustainable aviation sector 

Not only are these EGNOS-enabled approaches safer, they’re also more sustainable. “Having LPV in all airports give more choices for alternate airports, which means that the distance to be flown could be shorter, and results in less fuel being burned and more emissions being released,” adds Carmen Aguilera, Operational Market Development Officer at EUSPA. “EGNOS approaches, as enabler of PBN, allows shorter trajectories with respect to conventional approaches, which is more fuel efficient.”

Thanks to its lower decision height, EGNOS can help pilots better evaluate visibility conditions, which in many cases means avoiding the need to circle or divert – two manoeuvres that burn a lot of fuel. “Minimising diversions and aborted landings mean less fuel consumption, a win-win for both the environment and the airlines,” concludes Aguilera. 

EGNOS services are delivered by the EGNOS service provider (ESSP) under a contract with EUSPA.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

A320neo with Pratt and Whtney engines is certified

EGNOS makes flying sustainably ‘easy’

3.6.2022 14:32  
A320neo with Pratt and Whtney engines is certified
Published: 
03 June 2022

EGNOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service, has revolutionised the way we fly: creating greater access to small and regional airports, increasing safety and facilitating more sustainable flight routes across Europe. 

“From the commercial, regional, general and business aviation sectors to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), airports and the end user – everyone benefits from EGNOS,” says Jean-Marc Piéplu,  Head of EGNOS Services Department at the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA).

With news that Airbus has delivered the first EGNOS-enabled A320neo to the popular low-cost airline EasyJet, soon even more passengers will be flying with EGNOS. The A320neo is the world’s most popular aircraft family for short-haul flights, claiming the greatest number of aircraft sold and delivered. 

Accurate guidance for safer landings

As an alternative to ground-based Instrument Landing System (ILS) navigational aids, EGNOS-enabled approaches, often referred to as localiser performance with vertical guidance (LPV), utilise geostationary satellites and a network of ground stations to receive, analyse and augment GNSS signals. In doing so, it enables aircraft approaches that are operationally equivalent to ILS CAT I, providing lateral and vertical guidance without the need for visual contact with the ground until a decision height of only 200 feet above the runway as minimum. 

In addition to providing pilots with accurate guidance for safer landings (even in poor weather conditions), EGNOS is also more cost effective to install, maintain and operate than equivalent ground-based systems. This makes EGNOS particularly attractive to Europe’s many small and regional airports that simply cannot afford the high cost of ILS. 

“Having the ability to cost-effectively offer accurate vertical guidance makes these airports safer and more attractive to short-haul flights,” explains Piéplu “Moreover, EGNOS based procedures are mandatory in all instrument runways by 2024, and will be the main means for CAT-I by 2030 in EU.” 

Towards a more sustainable aviation sector 

Not only are these EGNOS-enabled approaches safer, they’re also more sustainable. “Having LPV in all airports give more choices for alternate airports, which means that the distance to be flown could be shorter, and results in less fuel being burned and more emissions being released,” adds Carmen Aguilera, Operational Market Development Officer at EUSPA. “EGNOS approaches, as enabler of PBN, allows shorter trajectories with respect to conventional approaches, which is more fuel efficient.”

Thanks to its lower decision height, EGNOS can help pilots better evaluate visibility conditions, which in many cases means avoiding the need to circle or divert – two manoeuvres that burn a lot of fuel. “Minimising diversions and aborted landings mean less fuel consumption, a win-win for both the environment and the airlines,” concludes Aguilera. 

EGNOS services are delivered by the EGNOS service provider (ESSP) under a contract with EUSPA.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

A320neo with Pratt and Whtney engines is certified

Watch out - exciting disruption is happening ahead! #myEUspace winners announced

2.6.2022 13:10  
#myEUspace competition winners on Entrepreneurship Day at EUSPA
Published: 
02 June 2022

Farming by smartphone. Creating artistic, personalised products using satellite imagery. Building a better back nine from space. And monitoring road safety issues without a human in sight. 

These aren’t clips from some sci-fi future. It’s all happening now – thanks to EU Space and 11 very innovative European start-ups.

The start-ups are the winners of the #myEUspace competition, a EUSPA initiative supporting the development of innovative commercial applications that leverage data coming from the EU Space Programme

Launched in September 2021 as part of the European Commission’s CASSINI Space Entrepreneurship Initiative and with over EUR 1 million in prize money on the line, #myEUspace is one of the biggest competitions ever organised by EUSPA. 

And the winners are…

Following an intense nine-week process of fine-tuning prototypes and products, refining business plans and making final pitches to a scrutinising panel of judges, the competition’s winners were announced at EUSPA’s Entrepreneurship Day. 

While the selected solutions cover such diverse sectors as location-based services, smart mobility, geomatics and precision agriculture, they all share a foundation in their use of data coming from Galileo, Copernicus or a synergistic combination of the two.

So, without further ado, let us introduce to you 11 of Europe’s hottest, most disruptive space-based start-ups:

Track 1:

SANGENE: integrated GNSS-based passive radar for the detection and first localisation of obstacles.

EO4ART: web application for artistic and personalised products based on satellite images acquired over a specific region of interest.

ALTIWAVE: satellite-derived regional wave heights for the marine energy sector.

Master Map: automatic road mapping status for maintenance optimisation.

VirtualCrop: application for sustainable precision farming that turns phones into data gathering and analysis tools.

RIGOROUS: efficient and effective development and deployment of solutions based on using Randomness-Intensive algorithms for near-real-time route optimisation.

Track 2:

C-ITS Platform: increased road safety, powered by Galileo and Copernicus.

E20.Green: intelligent platform powered by GNSS, AI, EO and IoT that enables golf courses and urban green spaces to effectively manage their assets, operations and land.

SPAI: solution to easily integrate satellite analytics into the work practices of expert and non-expert users, effortlessly extracting the value of EO using AI.

SOILSPECT: automatic monitoring of ground settlement happening at construction sites.  

Agricircle: dashboard for monitoring the outcome of regenerative agriculture initiatives.

Defining the future today 

While the competition may be over, for these 11 start-ups, the work is just beginning. Armed with up to EUR 50,000 in prize money and ready access to additional sources of financing, mentoring and incubation, the winners will now work to further develop their products and services and move them towards commercialisation.

"Space data and services are driving innovation and enabling disruptive technologies in a wide range of sectors", says EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa. "Start-ups have been particularly enthusiastic in embracing the potential offered by the EU Space Programme. I would like to congratulate the winners and also the participants for the effort they put."

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#myEUspace competition winners on Entrepreneurship Day at EUSPA

Watch out - exciting disruption is happening ahead! #myEUspace winners announced

2.6.2022 13:10  
#myEUspace competition winners on Entrepreneurship Day at EUSPA
Published: 
02 June 2022

Farming by smartphone. Creating artistic, personalised products using satellite imagery. Building a better back nine from space. And monitoring road safety issues without a human in sight. 

These aren’t clips from some sci-fi future. It’s all happening now – thanks to EU Space and 11 very innovative European start-ups.

The start-ups are the winners of the #myEUspace competition, a EUSPA initiative supporting the development of innovative commercial applications that leverage data coming from the EU Space Programme

Launched in September 2021 as part of the European Commission’s CASSINI Space Entrepreneurship Initiative and with over EUR 1 million in prize money on the line, #myEUspace is one of the biggest competitions ever organised by EUSPA. 

And the winners are…

Following an intense nine-week process of fine-tuning prototypes and products, refining business plans and making final pitches to a scrutinising panel of judges, the competition’s winners were announced at EUSPA’s Entrepreneurship Day. 

While the selected solutions cover such diverse sectors as location-based services, smart mobility, geomatics and precision agriculture, they all share a foundation in their use of data coming from Galileo, Copernicus or a synergistic combination of the two.

So, without further ado, let us introduce to you 11 of Europe’s hottest, most disruptive space-based start-ups:

Track 1:

SANGENE: integrated GNSS-based passive radar for the detection and first localisation of obstacles.

EO4ART: web application for artistic and personalised products based on satellite images acquired over a specific region of interest.

ALTIWAVE: satellite-derived regional wave heights for the marine energy sector.

Master Map: automatic road mapping status for maintenance optimisation.

VirtualCrop: application for sustainable precision farming that turns phones into data gathering and analysis tools.

RIGOROUS: efficient and effective development and deployment of solutions based on using Randomness-Intensive algorithms for near-real-time route optimisation.

Track 2:

C-ITS Platform: increased road safety, powered by Galileo and Copernicus.

E20.Green: intelligent platform powered by GNSS, AI, EO and IoT that enables golf courses and urban green spaces to effectively manage their assets, operations and land.

SPAI: solution to easily integrate satellite analytics into the work practices of expert and non-expert users, effortlessly extracting the value of EO using AI.

SOILSPECT: automatic monitoring of ground settlement happening at construction sites.  

Agricircle: dashboard for monitoring the outcome of regenerative agriculture initiatives.

Defining the future today 

While the competition may be over, for these 11 start-ups, the work is just beginning. Armed with up to EUR 50,000 in prize money and ready access to additional sources of financing, mentoring and incubation, the winners will now work to further develop their products and services and move them towards commercialisation.

"Space data and services are driving innovation and enabling disruptive technologies in a wide range of sectors", says EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa. "Start-ups have been particularly enthusiastic in embracing the potential offered by the EU Space Programme. I would like to congratulate the winners and also the participants for the effort they put."

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#myEUspace competition winners on Entrepreneurship Day at EUSPA

Help us improve the EUSPA user experience

30.5.2022 12:02  
Help us improve the EUSPA user experience
Published: 
30 May 2022

EUSPA is revamping its online presence – and we need your help! Take part in our study and let us know how we can build a better website user experience for you.

When the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) was launched in May 2021, it represented the start of a new era for EU Space. With an expanded mandate and new responsibilities, EUSPA has remained committed to helping the EU, its citizens and its businesses maximise the many social and economic benefits offered by the EU Space Programme.

Part of this commitment means making sure you can easily access the EU Space information you need when and where you need it – and that starts with our website. To build a better user experience, we have created a study in two parts to find out what you want to see and how you want to see it. Take our short online survey and participate in our tree testing study to provide us with your valuable insights. Read on to learn more.

An evolving space programme and organisation

Today, the EU Space Programme consists of:

Read more: GOVSATCOM adds secure governmental communications to the EU Space Programme

Together, these core components enable a wide range of critical services and everyday applications, making the EU Space Programme indispensable to the lives of Europeans.

The EU Space Programme also provides essential infrastructure that gives the European economy an important competitive edge and plays a key role in Europe’s digital transformation. Copernicus, as the number one world provider of space data and information, coupled with Galileo’s impressive 20 cm accuracy, means that EU space technology and data are a major enabler in the GNSS and Earth Observation downstream market. A market, that on a global scale, is expected to reach almost EUR 500 billion in revenue over the next decade.

With so much growth on the horizon, in addition to managing an increasing workload, promoting innovative downstream applications, scaling the market share of EGNSS and Copernicus and creating new synergies across the EU Space Programme requires that EUSPA, as an organisation, evolve. That is why we are currently in the process of establishing ourselves as a matrix organisation. By streamlining our operations and maximising efficiency, this change in structure will allow us to better meet our expanded mandate and growing responsibilities.

We need your help!

Even with its expanded mandate, new responsibilities and an updated organisational structure, EUSPA’s mission remains the same: linking space to user needs. To ensure we continue to meet that mission, we need your support.

You can help us improve our website to better serve your needs in two ways:

  1. By taking our short survey, you will ensure that we are providing the type of information and content you are looking for when you visit the EUSPA site. Your input will be used to tailor the type of online content we provide.
  2. Our tree testing study, which should take no more than 10 minutes of your time, will help us better understand how you navigate our site and how easily you can find the information you are looking for. We’ll use your input to design an enhanced user experience for our online presence.

Because we want to gather input from as many different users as possible, we also ask that you share our survey within your own network. Simply copy and paste this link (https://bit.ly/3sRBhlM) into your preferred social media channels, email and messaging apps.

Together, we can make the link between space and users even stronger!

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Help us improve the EUSPA user experience

EU Space is the key to disaster risk management and response

27.5.2022 15:59  
EUSPA's Executive Director at Disaster Risk Management Workshop in Athens, Greece
Published: 
27 May 2022

When it comes to weather-related events, 2021 was a record-breaking year for Europe. The summer the hottest on record – with a part of Sicily setting a provisional heat record for Europe at 48.8 degrees Celsius in August – translating into a very dry Mediterranean region. This extreme heatwave ignited wildfires across countries like Greece and Italy. According to the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), these fires overwhelmed firefighters, forced people to evacuate their homes and left at least 86 dead. By the end, 2021 was the second worst year ever for forest fires in the Mediterranean. But it wasn’t just southern Europe that suffered. Up north, parts of Germany, Belgium and some surrounding countries were inundated by record-breaking rains and deadly flooding. 

“Satellite technologies have proven invaluable in addressing emergencies, with an enormous potential to further contribute to effective response and adequate recovery” said Minister for Climate Crisis  and Protection in his opening remarks  at the Satellite-based Services for Disaster Risk Management Workshop organised in Athens, Greece. ‘’ EU programmes like Copernicus and Galileo help us build an efficient disaster risk management cycle - prevent and prepare, respond, and recover” he concluded.

EUSPA's Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa with Greece's Minister for the Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Christos Stylianides

“Last summer was a case study in the importance of having innovative tools and solutions for effective disaster risk management and response,” said Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director of the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). “The key to building these potentially life-saving tools and solutions is the EU Space Programme.”

According to da Costa, each component of the EU Space Programme brings added value to different phases of the disaster risk management and mitigation chain. For example, the Copernicus EMS service provides on-demand, detailed information for selected emergency situations, including fires and flooding. 

The service also offers continuous observations and forecasting for flood, drought and fire risks, providing decision makers with the critical geospatial information they need to, for example, issue an evacuation order or early warning alert. 

The power of synergy 

Although Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus each offer emergency responders with a unique tool set, EU Space offers even more benefits when used in synergy. 

“When the Greek central region of Thessaly has been affected by floods in 2020 trapping hundreds of people and rendered transportation and communication infrastructure useless, satellite communication, working in synergy with Copernicus (CEMS activation) and European GNSS (EGNSS), provided rescue teams with the spatial awareness, connectivity and highly accurate positioning and navigation they needed to save lives,” da Costa told the Hellenic Parliament in Greece. 

As part of his visit to Athens, da Costa addressed the Parliament’s Special Permanent Committee on Environmental Protection during a dedicated discussion on using the EU Space Programme to prevent and respond to natural disasters.

This synergy between GNSS and Earth Observation is particularly beneficial to drone operations, which emergency response teams use for everything from inspecting flooded areas to post-earthquake search and rescue operations and monitoring remote wildfires. 

As to the later, firefighting teams are replacing traditional ground-based systems supported by manned aircraft with more cost-effective drones. Equipped with a wide-range of sensors for capturing Earth Observation data and navigated using GNSS positioning, advanced drones can now provide firefighters with another layer of information – and protection.    

Secure satellite communications for security and safety-critical missions 

But what happens when a disaster occurs where there are no ground stations, either because they were destroyed, such as during an earthquake, or because they never existed in the first place? Or what if the end users require secure communication? 

For emergency situations like these, there’s GOVSATCOM.

As the fourth pillar of the EU Space Programme, GOVSATCOM will provide secure, cost-efficient communication capabilities to security and safety-critical missions, operations and infrastructure. Its users will include border and maritime authorities, law enforcement agencies, civil protection forces, search and rescue services, disaster relief and humanitarian missions, authorised infrastructure operators and military forces. 

 

By working in synergy with Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus, GOVSATCOM will further enhance the EU Space Programme’s ability to keep European citizens safe and secure.  While Copernicus and EGNSS provide the necessary data and positioning, some security incidents also require a means of communication that is robustly protected against interference, interception, intrusion and other risks. GOVSATCOM bridges this gap between the need for assured and secure communication and the capabilities already offered by Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS.

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EUSPA's Executive Director at Disaster Risk Management Workshop in Athens, Greece

Entrepreneurship Day a not-to-be-missed event for start-ups, scale-ups, innovators and investors

25.5.2022 11:43  
Entrepreneurship Day a not-to-be-missed event for start-ups, scale-ups, innovators and investors
Published: 
25 May 2022

If you’re a European start-up, scale-up, SME, entrepreneur, innovator or investor and aren’t taking advantage of the EU Space Programme then listen up: you’re missing out on a big opportunity.

Just how big are we talking?

According to research conducted by the experts at the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), the GNSS and Earth Observation downstream market generated over EUR 200 billion in revenue in 2021. What’s more, this market is expected to hit the half trillion mark over the next decade.

Now that we have your attention, it’s time to take out your calendar and circle 1 June. That’s the day EUSPA will provide all the information and insight you need to successfully integrate European space solutions into your business idea, start-up or innovation.

Taking place at EUSPA Headquarters in Prague, Entrepreneurship Day is a chance to learn about the EU Space Programme and how EUSPA supports those looking to innovate and invest using European GNSS and Earth Observation. It’s also an opportunity to get a first-hand look at how innovative space-based solutions are delivering cutting-edge, often industry-defining services across a range of application areas – many of which will be exhibiting during the event as part of the #myEUspace competition.

Bringing space-solutions onto the European market

Organised by EUSPA as part of the European Commission’s CASSINI - Space Entrepreneurship Initiative, the #myEUspace competition has committed EUR 1 million in prize money to bring disruptive, space-based solutions onto the European market. The accelerated start-ups developed a range of novel solutions, new technologies, mobile apps and hardware. While each solution covers a different sector, including location-based services, smart mobility, geomatics and smart agriculture, they all share a foundation in their use of data coming from Galileo and/or Copernicus

“Space data is at the heart of the technological revolution currently sweeping Europe, and this competition is another example of how EUSPA supports innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs from across the EU who are leveraging Copernicus and Galileo data, information and services,” says Fiammetta Diani, EUSPA Head of Market, Downstream and Innovation. 

Nearly 40 EU start-ups will be on hand at Entrepreneurship Day to share how their space-based innovations support the EU’s strategic agenda. The start-ups will also provide live demonstrations as part of their final pitch to judges, who will announce the winners of the #myEUspace competition at the end of the day.    

Information for fund managers and investors too

Entrepreneurship Day will also host the latest edition of our Capacity Building for Fund Managers series

Organised by EUSPA, in collaboration with the European Commission, European Space Agency (ESA) and European Investment Fund (EIF), this series of five workshops is designed to provide venture capitalists, fund managers and other investors with the in-depth information they need to make smart, informed investment decisions. 

“If you want to become an active investor in this exciting field or simply want to gather more information before deciding to raise a new fund, then this capacity building programme is for you,” adds Diani.

The workshop will be held live during Entrepreneurship Day, as well as online. 

A focus on start-ups 

On top of the start-up showcase, the #myEUspace competition and the Capacity Building workshop, the Entrepreneurship Day agenda  will feature panel discussions on how to grow a start-up and best practices in start-up investment. 

“Because of their agility and unique ability to adjust to new business models and adapt to new technologies, start-ups are particularly well-positioned to leverage the potential offered by the EU Space Programme,” notes Diani. 

The day also includes dedicated time for business matchmaking and of course plenty of opportunities for networking.

Join us virtually for the afternoon sessions by tuning in here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Entrepreneurship Day happening June 1st at EUSPA headquarters in Prague

Entrepreneurship Day a not-to-be-missed event for start-ups, scale-ups, innovators and investors

25.5.2022 11:43  
Entrepreneurship Day a not-to-be-missed event for start-ups, scale-ups, innovators and investors
Published: 
25 May 2022

If you’re a European start-up, scale-up, SME, entrepreneur, innovator or investor and aren’t taking advantage of the EU Space Programme then listen up: you’re missing out on a big opportunity.

Just how big are we talking?

According to research conducted by the experts at the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), the GNSS and Earth Observation downstream market generated over EUR 200 billion in revenue in 2021. What’s more, this market is expected to hit the half trillion mark over the next decade.

Now that we have your attention, it’s time to take out your calendar and circle 1 June. That’s the day EUSPA will provide all the information and insight you need to successfully integrate European space solutions into your business idea, start-up or innovation.

Taking place at EUSPA Headquarters in Prague, Entrepreneurship Day is a chance to learn about the EU Space Programme and how EUSPA supports those looking to innovate and invest using European GNSS and Earth Observation. It’s also an opportunity to get a first-hand look at how innovative space-based solutions are delivering cutting-edge, often industry-defining services across a range of application areas – many of which will be exhibiting during the event as part of the #myEUspace competition.

Bringing space-solutions onto the European market

Organised by EUSPA as part of the European Commission’s CASSINI - Space Entrepreneurship Initiative, the #myEUspace competition has committed EUR 1 million in prize money to bring disruptive, space-based solutions onto the European market. The accelerated start-ups developed a range of novel solutions, new technologies, mobile apps and hardware. While each solution covers a different sector, including location-based services, smart mobility, geomatics and smart agriculture, they all share a foundation in their use of data coming from Galileo and/or Copernicus

“Space data is at the heart of the technological revolution currently sweeping Europe, and this competition is another example of how EUSPA supports innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs from across the EU who are leveraging Copernicus and Galileo data, information and services,” says Fiammetta Diani, EUSPA Head of Market, Downstream and Innovation. 

Nearly 40 EU start-ups will be on hand at Entrepreneurship Day to share how their space-based innovations support the EU’s strategic agenda. The start-ups will also provide live demonstrations as part of their final pitch to judges, who will announce the winners of the #myEUspace competition at the end of the day.    

Information for fund managers and investors too

Entrepreneurship Day will also host the latest edition of our Capacity Building for Fund Managers series

Organised by EUSPA, in collaboration with the European Commission, European Space Agency (ESA) and European Investment Fund (EIF), this series of five workshops is designed to provide venture capitalists, fund managers and other investors with the in-depth information they need to make smart, informed investment decisions. 

“If you want to become an active investor in this exciting field or simply want to gather more information before deciding to raise a new fund, then this capacity building programme is for you,” adds Diani.

The workshop will be held live during Entrepreneurship Day, as well as online. 

A focus on start-ups 

On top of the start-up showcase, the #myEUspace competition and the Capacity Building workshop, the Entrepreneurship Day agenda  will feature panel discussions on how to grow a start-up and best practices in start-up investment. 

“Because of their agility and unique ability to adjust to new business models and adapt to new technologies, start-ups are particularly well-positioned to leverage the potential offered by the EU Space Programme,” notes Diani. 

The day also includes dedicated time for business matchmaking and of course plenty of opportunities for networking.

Join us virtually for the afternoon sessions by tuning in here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Entrepreneurship Day happening June 1st at EUSPA headquarters in Prague

Entrepreneurship Day a not-to-be-missed event for start-ups, scale-ups, innovators and investors

25.5.2022 11:43  
Entrepreneurship Day a not-to-be-missed event for start-ups, scale-ups, innovators and investors
Published: 
25 May 2022

If you’re a European start-up, scale-up, SME, entrepreneur, innovator or investor and aren’t taking advantage of the EU Space Programme then listen up: you’re missing out on a big opportunity.

Just how big are we talking?

According to research conducted by the experts at the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), the GNSS and Earth Observation downstream market generated over EUR 200 billion in revenue in 2021. What’s more, this market is expected to hit the half trillion mark over the next decade.

Now that we have your attention, it’s time to take out your calendar and circle 1 June. That’s the day EUSPA will provide all the information and insight you need to successfully integrate European space solutions into your business idea, start-up or innovation.

Taking place at EUSPA Headquarters in Prague, Entrepreneurship Day is a chance to learn about the EU Space Programme and how EUSPA supports those looking to innovate and invest using European GNSS and Earth Observation. It’s also an opportunity to get a first-hand look at how innovative space-based solutions are delivering cutting-edge, often industry-defining services across a range of application areas – many of which will be exhibiting during the event as part of the #myEUspace competition.

Bringing space-solutions onto the European market

Organised by EUSPA as part of the European Commission’s CASSINI - Space Entrepreneurship Initiative, the #myEUspace competition has committed EUR 1 million in prize money to bring disruptive, space-based solutions onto the European market. The accelerated start-ups developed a range of novel solutions, new technologies, mobile apps and hardware. While each solution covers a different sector, including location-based services, smart mobility, geomatics and smart agriculture, they all share a foundation in their use of data coming from Galileo and/or Copernicus

“Space data is at the heart of the technological revolution currently sweeping Europe, and this competition is another example of how EUSPA supports innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs from across the EU who are leveraging Copernicus and Galileo data, information and services,” says Fiammetta Diani, EUSPA Head of Market, Downstream and Innovation. 

Nearly 40 EU start-ups will be on hand at Entrepreneurship Day to share how their space-based innovations support the EU’s strategic agenda. The start-ups will also provide live demonstrations as part of their final pitch to judges, who will announce the winners of the #myEUspace competition at the end of the day.    

Information for fund managers and investors too

Entrepreneurship Day will also host the latest edition of our Capacity Building for Fund Managers series

Organised by EUSPA, in collaboration with the European Commission, European Space Agency (ESA) and European Investment Fund (EIF), this series of five workshops is designed to provide venture capitalists, fund managers and other investors with the in-depth information they need to make smart, informed investment decisions. 

“If you want to become an active investor in this exciting field or simply want to gather more information before deciding to raise a new fund, then this capacity building programme is for you,” adds Diani.

The workshop will be held live during Entrepreneurship Day, as well as online. 

A focus on start-ups 

On top of the start-up showcase, the #myEUspace competition and the Capacity Building workshop, the Entrepreneurship Day agenda  will feature panel discussions on how to grow a start-up and best practices in start-up investment. 

“Because of their agility and unique ability to adjust to new business models and adapt to new technologies, start-ups are particularly well-positioned to leverage the potential offered by the EU Space Programme,” notes Diani. 

The day also includes dedicated time for business matchmaking and of course plenty of opportunities for networking.

Join us virtually for the afternoon sessions by tuning in here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Entrepreneurship Day happening June 1st at EUSPA headquarters in Prague

Copernicus to expand its user-base with new demonstrators

24.5.2022 10:26  
The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is playing a key role in the downstream user uptake activities of Copernicus, the EU Earth Observation Programme
Published: 
24 May 2022

Copernicus has been monitoring the Earth’s environment from several years now, providing a unique combination of full, free and open data and services in six thematic areas: Land, Marine, Atmosphere, Climate Change, Emergency and Security. The Copernicus system consists of three main components: a space component, which delivers data from a fleet of dedicated observation satellites (the ‘Sentinels’) and from contributing missions; an in-situ component which collects data acquired by a multitude of sensors at air-, sea- and ground-level; and a service component which transforms the wealth of satellite and in-situ data into timely and actionable information products.

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is playing a key role in the downstream user uptake activities of Copernicus, the EU Earth Observation Programme. In its current role related to the Copernicus Programme, EUSPA is looking to demonstrate 6 innovative Proof of Concepts, starting from 10 areas, divided in two Lots:

  • Lot 1: Mobility, Emergency and Infrastructures
  • Lot 2: Consumer and Environment

For each Lot, 3 Proof of Concepts will be demonstrated, starting from 5 areas, prioritizing the most impactful and promising markets for current and potential Copernicus data use.

Read this: How the EU Space Programme helps address the new challenges of a changing Arctic

The objective is to demonstrate the utilization of Copernicus data and services in the user’s operational environment. Therefore, the technical demonstration should be concretely integrated in a controlled operational environment of the user.

EUSPA intends to promote the widest participation possible by economic operators, in particular start-ups, new entrants, and SMEs.

To do so, the agency is organizing an industry day on 06 June 2022 at 10:00 to present the details of the procurement for “Copernicus Demonstrators”. You can find the agenda here.

Potential participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the mission of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme and the procurement documentation and submission process.

For more information about the utility of Earth Observation data across various market segments you can consult the EUSPA EO and GNSS Market Report.

To attend this industry day, please register here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is playing a key role in the downstream user uptake activities of Copernicus, the EU Earth Observation Programme

Copernicus to expand its user-base with new demonstrators (Webinar)

24.5.2022 10:26  
The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is playing a key role in the downstream user uptake activities of Copernicus, the EU Earth Observation Programme
Published: 
24 May 2022

Copernicus has been monitoring the Earth’s environment from several years now, providing a unique combination of full, free and open data and services in six thematic areas: Land, Marine, Atmosphere, Climate Change, Emergency and Security. The Copernicus system consists of three main components: a space component, which delivers data from a fleet of dedicated observation satellites (the ‘Sentinels’) and from contributing missions; an in-situ component which collects data acquired by a multitude of sensors at air-, sea- and ground-level; and a service component which transforms the wealth of satellite and in-situ data into timely and actionable information products.

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is playing a key role in the downstream user uptake activities of Copernicus, the EU Earth Observation Programme. In its current role related to the Copernicus Programme, EUSPA is looking to demonstrate 6 innovative Proof of Concepts, starting from 10 areas, divided in two Lots:

  • Lot 1: Mobility, Emergency and Infrastructures
  • Lot 2: Consumer and Environment

For each Lot, 3 Proof of Concepts will be demonstrated, starting from 5 areas, prioritizing the most impactful and promising markets for current and potential Copernicus data use.

Read this: How the EU Space Programme helps address the new challenges of a changing Arctic

The objective is to demonstrate the utilization of Copernicus data and services in the user’s operational environment. Therefore, the technical demonstration should be concretely integrated in a controlled operational environment of the user.

EUSPA intends to promote the widest participation possible by economic operators, in particular start-ups, new entrants, and SMEs.

To do so, the agency is organizing an industry day -online- on 06 June 2022 at 10:00 to present the details of the procurement for “Copernicus Demonstrators”. You can find the agenda here.

Potential participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the mission of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme and the procurement documentation and submission process.

For more information about the utility of Earth Observation data across various market segments you can consult the EUSPA EO and GNSS Market Report.

Join us for the webinar, register here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is playing a key role in the downstream user uptake activities of Copernicus, the EU Earth Observation Programme

Copernicus to expand its user-base with new demonstrators

24.5.2022 10:26  
The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is playing a key role in the downstream user uptake activities of Copernicus, the EU Earth Observation Programme
Published: 
24 May 2022

Copernicus has been monitoring the Earth’s environment from several years now, providing a unique combination of full, free and open data and services in six thematic areas: Land, Marine, Atmosphere, Climate Change, Emergency and Security. The Copernicus system consists of three main components: a space component, which delivers data from a fleet of dedicated observation satellites (the ‘Sentinels’) and from contributing missions; an in-situ component which collects data acquired by a multitude of sensors at air-, sea- and ground-level; and a service component which transforms the wealth of satellite and in-situ data into timely and actionable information products.

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is playing a key role in the downstream user uptake activities of Copernicus, the EU Earth Observation Programme. In its current role related to the Copernicus Programme, EUSPA is looking to demonstrate 6 innovative Proof of Concepts, starting from 10 areas, divided in two Lots:

  • Lot 1: Mobility, Emergency and Infrastructures
  • Lot 2: Consumer and Environment

For each Lot, 3 Proof of Concepts will be demonstrated, starting from 5 areas, prioritizing the most impactful and promising markets for current and potential Copernicus data use.

Read this: How the EU Space Programme helps address the new challenges of a changing Arctic

The objective is to demonstrate the utilization of Copernicus data and services in the user’s operational environment. Therefore, the technical demonstration should be concretely integrated in a controlled operational environment of the user.

EUSPA intends to promote the widest participation possible by economic operators, in particular start-ups, new entrants, and SMEs.

To do so, the agency is organizing an industry day on 06 June 2022 at 10:00 to present the details of the procurement for “Copernicus Demonstrators”. You can find the agenda here.

Potential participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the mission of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme and the procurement documentation and submission process.

For more information about the utility of Earth Observation data across various market segments you can consult the EUSPA EO and GNSS Market Report.

To attend this industry day, please register here.

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The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is playing a key role in the downstream user uptake activities of Copernicus, the EU Earth Observation Programme

New chair-elect for the Security Accreditation Board (SAB) of EUSPA

19.5.2022 9:55  
Philippe Bertrand, EUSPA SAB Chair, Rodrigo da Costa, EUSPA Executive Director, Bruno Vermeire, outgoing EUSPA SAB chair
Published: 
19 May 2022

During the 52nd meeting of EUSPA’s Security Accreditation Board, Mr Philippe Bertrand, European affairs DGA coordinator, was elected as its new chair by the Member States representatives.

Philippe Bertrand has a vast experience in space-related activities and more specifically in satellite navigation. He has held several managerial positions in the public sector, namely in the French Armed Forces, the office of the French Prime Minister and the European Commission.

"I am honoured to have been elected Chair of the EUSPA Security Accreditation Board and I would like to thank all the EU Member States representatives for putting their trust in me. In times of increased security cyber threats and attacks, maintaining the systems intact and guaranteeing the reliability of data to end-users is of utmost importance" stated Bertrand. "All together, we will keep the safety and security of our space assets in the forefront" he concluded.Bertrand thanked outgoing Chair, Bruno Vermeire for his leadership over the past four years.

"EUSPA is a cluster of experienced professionals and they are doing a fantastic job. I want to thank them for their patience and their incredible competence in security matters. I would also like to thank the other Member states for their permanent commitment to supporting me in achieving my mission and the European Commission for their collaboration" were Vermeire’s final remarks.

"The only way to ensure the security of each and every link, and thus of the entire EU Space Programme, is through the collaboration of all relevant actors from EUSPA’s security apparatus. The SAB is central to ensuring the security of our systems" says EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa. "I look forward to working closely with our new SAB Chair now that EUSPA accredits all the EU Space Programme components" concludes da Costa.

"I would like to congratulate Phillipe Bertrand on his election by the EU Member States.  I am sure the EUSPA SAB will benefit from his guidance and expertise in space security" said EUSPA AB Chair, Václav Kobera.

About the Security Accreditation Board 

EUSPA is the security gatekeeper of the EU Space Programme. The SAB is the security accreditation authority for all of the EU Space Programme’s components. It ensures that all systems comply with the relevant security requirements, including Cyber and Supply Chain, and provides statements of approval to operate the systems and services with the objective that the EU space based services and data can be used by the EU citizens in a trusted way.

An independent body within EUSPA, the SAB is composed of a representative from each Member State, the Commission, and the High Representative for the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The board independently makes its decisions, including in regard to the Commission and other bodies responsible for implementing the components and provision of service.

More information on the SAB way of working can be found in the SAB Rules of Procedure (RoP).

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Philippe Bertrand, EUSPA SAB Chair, Rodrigo da Costa, EUSPA Executive Director, Bruno Vermeire, outgoing EUSPA SAB chair

New chair-elect for the Security Accreditation Board (SAB) of EUSPA

19.5.2022 9:55  
Philippe Bertrand, EUSPA SAB Chair, Rodrigo da Costa, EUSPA Executive Director, Bruno Vermeire, outgoing EUSPA SAB chair
Published: 
18 May 2022

During the 52nd meeting of EUSPA’s Security Accreditation Board, Mr Philippe Bertrand, European affairs DGA coordinator, was elected as its new chair by the Member States representatives.

Philippe Bertrand has a vast experience in space-related activities and more specifically in satellite navigation. He has held several managerial positions in the public sector, namely in the French Armed Forces, the office of the French Prime Minister and the European Commission.

"I am honoured to have been elected Chair of the EUSPA Security Accreditation Board and I would like to thank all the EU Member States representatives for putting their trust in me. In times of increased security cyber threats and attacks, maintaining the systems intact and guaranteeing the reliability of data to end-users is of utmost importance" stated Bertrand. "All together, we will keep the safety and security of our space assets in the forefront" he concluded.Bertrand thanked outgoing Chair, Bruno Vermeire for his leadership over the past four years.

"EUSPA is a cluster of experienced professionals and they are doing a fantastic job. I want to thank them for their patience and their incredible competence in security matters. I would also like to thank the other Member states for their permanent commitment to supporting me in achieving my mission and the European Commission for their collaboration" were Vermeire’s final remarks.

"The only way to ensure the security of each and every link, and thus of the entire EU Space Programme, is through the collaboration of all relevant actors from EUSPA’s security apparatus. The SAB is central to ensuring the security of our systems" says EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa. "I look forward to working closely with our new SAB Chair now that EUSPA accredits all the EU Space Programme components" concludes da Costa.

"I would like to congratulate Phillippe Bertrand on his election by the EU Member States.  I am sure the EUSPA SAB will benefit from his guidance and expertise in space security" said EUSPA AB Chair, Václav Kobera.

About the Security Accreditation Board 

EUSPA is the security gatekeeper of the EU Space Programme. The SAB is the security accreditation authority for all of the EU Space Programme’s components. It ensures that all systems comply with the relevant security requirements, including Cyber and Supply Chain, and provides statements of approval to operate the systems and services with the objective that the EU space based services and data can be used by the EU citizens in a trusted way.

An independent body within EUSPA, the SAB is composed of a representative from each Member State, the Commission, and the High Representative for the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The board independently makes its decisions, including in regard to the Commission and other bodies responsible for implementing the components and provision of service.

More information on the SAB way of working can be found in the SAB Rules of Procedure (RoP).

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Philippe Bertrand, EUSPA SAB Chair, Rodrigo da Costa, EUSPA Executive Director, Bruno Vermeire, outgoing EUSPA SAB chair

Happy Birthday EUSPA!

12.5.2022 8:58  
Published: 
12 May 2022

The EU Agency for the Space Programme celebrates its first anniversary with new services, a new satellite and even more end users.

Time flies when you’re busy getting things done. And in the first year of its existence, the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) has gotten a lot of things done.

EUSPA’s launch one year ago today represented the start of a new era for the EU Space Programme,” says EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “With an expanded mandate and new responsibilities, we are committed to helping the EU, its citizens and its businesses maximise the many social and economic benefits of space.”

Building on the legacy of the European GNSS Agency (GSA), EUSPA’s mandate includes not only overseeing the security, services and market uptake of Galileo and EGNOS, but also Copernicus, Europe’s Earth Observation (EO) service – an area with significant commercial potential.

According to the first ever EUSPA EO and GNSS Market Report, published earlier this year, SMEs and start-ups account for more than 93% of European Earth Observation companies. With revenues set to double from approximately EUR 2.8 billion to over EUR 5.5 billion within the next decade, the EO market is full of opportunities for EU businesses and entrepreneurs.

To ensure companies take advantage of these opportunities, EUSPA has positioned itself as the go-to-source for all things related to Earth Observation. In addition to providing market intelligence, the Agency works directly with businesses to help them best leverage Copernicus data, information and services. EUSPA also launched several EO focused funding opportunities, including Horizon Calls and innovation competitions.

But Copernicus doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It also complements the other components of the EU Space Programme, which is why EUSPA is constantly promoting the benefits of using Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS together.

“Galileo and EGNOS enable the determination of a precise position, anywhere and Copernicus provides information on the Earth’s surface, atmosphere and oceans,” adds da Costa. “When you put these programmes together, you unleash an array of synergies that can have a powerful impact on society and the planet.”

A new pillar for the EU Space Programme

This list of space programmes will soon add a new name. GOVSATCOM, the fourth pillar of the EU Space Programme, is a user-centric programme designed to meet the unique requirements of governmental applications, including those used for crisis management, surveillance and the management of key infrastructures.

“While Copernicus and EGNSS provide the necessary data and positioning, European governments and institutions need a means of communication that is robustly protected against interference, interception, intrusion and other risks” explains da Costa. “Once operational, GOVSATCOM will bridge this gap between the need for assured and secure communication and the capabilities offered by Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS.”

As part of its expanded mandate, EUSPA has been entrusted with the procurement of the secure ground segment, its operations and the coordination of the user-related aspects of GOVSATCOM.

The mission remains the same

EUSPA’s first year also saw the development of new services and the launch of new satellites. As to the former, the Agency has been busy developing two new Galileo services: a High Accuracy Service (HAS) for high accuracy Precise Point Positioning (PPP) corrections and the Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA), which will provide receivers with a first level of protection against falsifying and spoofing.

The entry into service of a new additional satellite, GSAT 2203, has brought enhanced accuracy and more precise positioning to the Galileo service provision.

But even with its expanded mandate and new responsibilities, EUSPA’s mission remains the same: linking space to user needs. “I am extremely proud of everything EUSPA has achieved in a year, which is the direct result of our dedicated professionals, all of whom embrace a service-oriented mindset and are passionate about making space technology accessible to EU citizens and businesses,” concludes da Costa.

“It is an honour to serve as Chair of the Security Accreditation Board, the independent authority that provides accreditation to all of the EU Space Programme’s components. Thanks to SAB, EUSPA is at the front lines of cybersecurity, providing end-users with the confidence of knowing that the space-derived data they depend on is safe and secure,” adds Bruno Vermeire.

“Today we celebrate EUSPA. It's also the opportunity to reflect and be proud of the milestones we achieved by working together. More users, more services, and satellites in space! Go Europe, go EUSPA!'' concludes EUSPA Administrative Board Chair, Václav Kobera.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Happy Birthday EUSPA!

12.5.2022 8:58  
Published: 
12 May 2022

The EU Agency for the Space Programme celebrates its first anniversary with new services, a new satellite and even more end users.

Time flies when you’re busy getting things done. And in the first year of its existence, the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) has gotten a lot of things done.

EUSPA’s launch one year ago today represented the start of a new era for the EU Space Programme,” says EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “With an expanded mandate and new responsibilities, we are committed to helping the EU, its citizens and its businesses maximise the many social and economic benefits of space.”

“Today we celebrate EUSPA. It's also the opportunity to reflect and be proud of the milestones we achieved by working together. More users, more services, and satellites in space! Go Europe, go EUSPA!'' concludes EUSPA Administrative Board Chair, Václav Kobera.

Building on the legacy of the European GNSS Agency (GSA), EUSPA’s mandate includes not only overseeing the security, services and market uptake of Galileo and EGNOS, but also Copernicus, Europe’s Earth Observation (EO) service – an area with significant commercial potential.

According to the first ever EUSPA EO and GNSS Market Report, published earlier this year, SMEs and start-ups account for more than 93% of European Earth Observation companies. With revenues set to double from approximately EUR 2.8 billion to over EUR 5.5 billion within the next decade, the EO market is full of opportunities for EU businesses and entrepreneurs.

To ensure companies take advantage of these opportunities, EUSPA has positioned itself as the go-to-source for all things related to Earth Observation. In addition to providing market intelligence, the Agency works directly with businesses to help them best leverage Copernicus data, information and services. EUSPA also launched several EO focused funding opportunities, including Horizon Calls and innovation competitions.

But Copernicus doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It also complements the other components of the EU Space Programme, which is why EUSPA is constantly promoting the benefits of using Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS together.

“Galileo and EGNOS enable the determination of a precise position, anywhere and Copernicus provides information on the Earth’s surface, atmosphere and oceans,” adds da Costa. “When you put these programmes together, you unleash an array of synergies that can have a powerful impact on society and the planet.”

A new pillar for the EU Space Programme

This list of space programmes will soon add a new name. GOVSATCOM, the fourth pillar of the EU Space Programme, is a user-centric programme designed to meet the unique requirements of governmental applications, including those used for crisis management, surveillance and the management of key infrastructures.

“While Copernicus and EGNSS provide the necessary data and positioning, European governments and institutions need a means of communication that is robustly protected against interference, interception, intrusion and other risks” explains da Costa. “Once operational, GOVSATCOM will bridge this gap between the need for assured and secure communication and the capabilities offered by Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS.”

As part of its expanded mandate, EUSPA has been entrusted with the procurement of the secure ground segment, its operations and the coordination of the user-related aspects of GOVSATCOM.

The mission remains the same

EUSPA’s first year also saw the development of new services and the launch of new satellites. As to the former, the Agency has been busy developing two new Galileo services: a High Accuracy Service (HAS) for high accuracy Precise Point Positioning (PPP) corrections and the Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA), which will provide receivers with a first level of protection against falsifying and spoofing.

The entry into service of a new additional satellite, GSAT 2203, has brought enhanced accuracy and more precise positioning to the Galileo service provision.

But even with its expanded mandate and new responsibilities, EUSPA’s mission remains the same: linking space to user needs. “I am extremely proud of everything EUSPA has achieved in a year, which is the direct result of our dedicated professionals, all of whom embrace a service-oriented mindset and are passionate about making space technology accessible to EU citizens and businesses,” concludes da Costa.

“It is an honour to serve as Chair of the Security Accreditation Board, the independent authority that provides accreditation to all of the EU Space Programme’s components. Thanks to SAB, EUSPA is at the front lines of cybersecurity, providing end-users with the confidence of knowing that the space-derived data they depend on is safe and secure,” adds Bruno Vermeire.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Happy Birthday EUSPA!

12.5.2022 8:58  
Published: 
12 May 2022

The EU Agency for the Space Programme celebrates its first anniversary with new services, a new satellite and even more end users.

Time flies when you’re busy getting things done. And in the first year of its existence, the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) has gotten a lot of things done.

EUSPA’s launch one year ago today represented the start of a new era for the EU Space Programme,” says EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “With an expanded mandate and new responsibilities, we are committed to helping the EU, its citizens and its businesses maximise the many social and economic benefits of space.”

“Today we celebrate EUSPA. It's also the opportunity to reflect and be proud of the milestones we achieved by working together. More users, more services, and satellites in space! Go Europe, go EUSPA!'' concludes EUSPA Administrative Board Chair, Václav Kobera.

Building on the legacy of the European GNSS Agency (GSA), EUSPA’s mandate includes not only overseeing the security, services and market uptake of Galileo and EGNOS, but also Copernicus, Europe’s Earth Observation (EO) service – an area with significant commercial potential.

According to the first ever EUSPA EO and GNSS Market Report, published earlier this year, SMEs and start-ups account for more than 93% of European Earth Observation companies. With revenues set to double from approximately EUR 2.8 billion to over EUR 5.5 billion within the next decade, the EO market is full of opportunities for EU businesses and entrepreneurs.

To ensure companies take advantage of these opportunities, EUSPA has positioned itself as the go-to-source for all things related to Earth Observation. In addition to providing market intelligence, the Agency works directly with businesses to help them best leverage Copernicus data, information and services. EUSPA also launched several EO focused funding opportunities, including Horizon Calls and innovation competitions.

But Copernicus doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It also complements the other components of the EU Space Programme, which is why EUSPA is constantly promoting the benefits of using Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS together.

“Galileo and EGNOS enable the determination of a precise position, anywhere and Copernicus provides information on the Earth’s surface, atmosphere and oceans,” adds da Costa. “When you put these programmes together, you unleash an array of synergies that can have a powerful impact on society and the planet.”

A new pillar for the EU Space Programme

This list of space programmes will soon add a new name. GOVSATCOM, the fourth pillar of the EU Space Programme, is a user-centric programme designed to meet the unique requirements of governmental applications, including those used for crisis management, surveillance and the management of key infrastructures.

“While Copernicus and EGNSS provide the necessary data and positioning, European governments and institutions need a means of communication that is robustly protected against interference, interception, intrusion and other risks” explains da Costa. “Once operational, GOVSATCOM will bridge this gap between the need for assured and secure communication and the capabilities offered by Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS.”

As part of its expanded mandate, EUSPA has been entrusted with the procurement of the secure ground segment, its operations and the coordination of the user-related aspects of GOVSATCOM.

The mission remains the same

EUSPA’s first year also saw the development of new services and the launch of new satellites. As to the former, the Agency has been busy developing two new Galileo services: a High Accuracy Service (HAS) for high accuracy Precise Point Positioning (PPP) corrections and the Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA), which will provide receivers with a first level of protection against falsifying and spoofing.

The entry into service of a new additional satellite, GSAT 2203, has brought enhanced accuracy and more precise positioning to the Galileo service provision.

But even with its expanded mandate and new responsibilities, EUSPA’s mission remains the same: linking space to user needs. “I am extremely proud of everything EUSPA has achieved in a year, which is the direct result of our dedicated professionals, all of whom embrace a service-oriented mindset and are passionate about making space technology accessible to EU citizens and businesses,” concludes da Costa.

“It is an honour to serve as Chair of the Security Accreditation Board, the independent authority that provides accreditation to all of the EU Space Programme’s components. Thanks to SAB, EUSPA is at the front lines of cybersecurity, providing end-users with the confidence of knowing that the space-derived data they depend on is safe and secure,” adds Bruno Vermeire.

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Galileo High Accuracy Service Signal in Space Interface Control Document officially published

11.5.2022 14:45  
The new Galileo High Accuracy Service Signal-In-Space Interference Control Document (HAS SIS ICD) is now published
Published: 
11 May 2022

Galileo High Accuracy Service gets one step closer to the launch of initial services. 

Galileo, Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), is now one step closer to declaring the start of initial services for its High Accuracy Service (HAS). The news follows the publication by the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), together with the European Commission and the European Space Agency, of the first Galileo HAS Signal in Space (SiS) Interface Control Document (link).

By providing free-of-charge, high accuracy Precise Point Positioning (PPP) corrections through both the Galileo signal (E6-B) and via the internet, the HAS will offer users improved positioning performance with an accuracy of less than two decimetres. 

“Galileo will be the first GNSS constellation capable of providing a high accuracy service directly through the Signal in Space,” explains EUSPA Guerric Pont, Galileo Services, Programme Manager. “This is unique in that, typically, high accuracy services are based on accurate satellite and atmospheric data provided from a third party, but not directly from the GNSS”.

According to Pont, high accuracy services are experiencing a massive boost in interest, thanks in large part to new capabilities of GNSS receivers and the rapid emergence of new applications that require accurate location data. “Currently, high accuracy is primarily used in such professional applications as surveying, precision agriculture and civil engineering, amongst others,” he says. “However, new and emerging applications, including autonomous driving, unmanned vehicles, robotics and a range of location-based services will all welcome high accuracy.” 

Pont also notes that, when used in synergy with Copernicus, the Galileo HAS will open up new market possibilities and help design new services. 

The accumulation of an ongoing process

In 2021, EUSPA, in coordination with the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA), published an Information Note on the Galileo HAS. The note provided an overview of the service’s main characteristics, along with information on such key features as service levels, targeted performance and markets and a roadmap for implementation. 

This was followed by a call for Expression of Interest for High Accuracy Service Testing, which invited external stakeholders to participate in a testing campaign of the Galileo HAS Signal in Space broadcasting. The goal of the campaign was to collect relevant feedback, not only on the HAS SiS Interface Control Document structure and implementation at the receiver level, but also on service-related aspects and specifications. 

“The Galileo programme has been performing a long set of HAS testing activities since 2019, which cumulated in the first-ever HAS signal broadcast in May 2021,” adds Javier de Blas, EUSPA Commercial and HAS manager. “Based on the feedback gained during the joint efforts conducted by EUSPA, the European Commission and ESA, with the key support of European aerospace industry during the testing phase, we are now able to publish the first Galileo High Accuracy Service Signal in Space Interface Control Document.”  

Following the publication of this HAS SIS ICD, the Galileo Programme will continue the deployment and service validation of HAS over the next months, in view of an operational declaration of HAS initial service, or HAS Phase 1, by the end of 2022. This will enable the development of products in parallel to the gradual entry into full operational service in the next few years.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The new Galileo High Accuracy Service Signal-In-Space Interference Control Document (HAS SIS ICD) is now published

Galileo High Accuracy Service Signal in Space Interface Control Document officially published

11.5.2022 14:45  
The new Galileo High Accuracy Service Signal-In-Space Interference Control Document (HAS SIS ICD) is now published
Published: 
11 May 2022

Galileo High Accuracy Service gets one step closer to the launch of initial services. 

Galileo, Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), is now one step closer to declaring the start of initial services for its High Accuracy Service (HAS). The news follows the publication by the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), together with the European Commission and the European Space Agency, of the first Galileo HAS Signal in Space (SiS) Interface Control Document (link).

By providing free-of-charge, high accuracy Precise Point Positioning (PPP) corrections through both the Galileo signal (E6-B) and via the internet, the HAS will offer users improved positioning performance with an accuracy of less than two decimetres. 

“Galileo will be the first GNSS constellation capable of providing a high accuracy service directly through the Signal in Space,” explains EUSPA Guerric Pont, Galileo Services, Programme Manager. “This is unique in that, typically, high accuracy services are based on accurate satellite and atmospheric data provided from a third party, but not directly from the GNSS”.

According to Pont, high accuracy services are experiencing a massive boost in interest, thanks in large part to new capabilities of GNSS receivers and the rapid emergence of new applications that require accurate location data. “Currently, high accuracy is primarily used in such professional applications as surveying, precision agriculture and civil engineering, amongst others,” he says. “However, new and emerging applications, including autonomous driving, unmanned vehicles, robotics and a range of location-based services will all welcome high accuracy.” 

Pont also notes that, when used in synergy with Copernicus, the Galileo HAS will open up new market possibilities and help design new services. 

The accumulation of an ongoing process

In 2021, EUSPA, in coordination with the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA), published an Information Note on the Galileo HAS. The note provided an overview of the service’s main characteristics, along with information on such key features as service levels, targeted performance and markets and a roadmap for implementation. 

This was followed by a call for Expression of Interest for High Accuracy Service Testing, which invited external stakeholders to participate in a testing campaign of the Galileo HAS Signal in Space broadcasting. The goal of the campaign was to collect relevant feedback, not only on the HAS SiS Interface Control Document structure and implementation at the receiver level, but also on service-related aspects and specifications. 

“The Galileo programme has been performing a long set of HAS testing activities since 2019, which cumulated in the first-ever HAS signal broadcast in May 2021,” adds Javier de Blas, EUSPA Commercial and HAS manager. “Based on the feedback gained during the joint efforts conducted by EUSPA, the European Commission and ESA, with the key support of European aerospace industry during the testing phase, we are now able to publish the first Galileo High Accuracy Service Signal in Space Interface Control Document.”  

Following the publication of this HAS SIS ICD, the Galileo Programme will continue the deployment and service validation of HAS over the next months, in view of an operational declaration of HAS initial service, or HAS Phase 1, by the end of 2022. This will enable the development of products in parallel to the gradual entry into full operational service in the next few years.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The new Galileo High Accuracy Service Signal-In-Space Interference Control Document (HAS SIS ICD) is now published

Celebrating Europe’s biggest achievements – including the EU Space Programme

9.5.2022 12:02  
Europe Day held on 9 May every year celebrates peace and unity in Europe.
Published: 
09 May 2022

EUSPA celebrates Europe Day – a chance to highlight European integration and values and how the EU Space Programme is helping build an even better EU for tomorrow. 

Today, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) joins citizens across the EU in celebrating Europe. 

Known as Europe Day, the 9th of May marks the signing of the Schuman Declaration, an historic agreement that laid the foundation for a united Europe and planted the seeds to what would eventually grow into the European Union.

As the Declaration states, “Europe will not be made all at once… it will be built through concrete achievements.” Europe Day is an opportunity to reflect on those many achievements – including the achievement that is the EU Space Programme.

Over the past 20 years, the EU has been committed to creating a space programme and infrastructure that is competitive, innovative and capable of delivering real benefits to citizens and businesses alike. The programme has made great leaps forward in recent years, delivering unique services in satellite navigation, Earth Observation and telecommunications, along with strengthening both the upstream and downstream sectors.

The essential link

Positioned as the link between space and user needs, EUSPA plays a central role in the EU Space Programme’s success. “By engaging with the entire EU space community, EUSPA drives innovation-based growth in the European economy and contributes to the safety of EU citizens and the security of the Union and its Member States, while at the same time reinforcing the EU’s strategic autonomy,” says EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa.

As a result of this work, space technology, data and services not only support the interest of the EU, they’re also indispensable to the daily lives of Europeans. Over 3 billion people are currently using Galileo, the world’s most precise positioning system, while many governments, national agencies, institutions, researchers and businesses are all leveraging the data and information coming from Copernicus, the world’s best Earth Observation system. 

Even with the many benefits that the EU Space Programme is already delivering, we’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible. “Businesses and society will increasingly look to space for solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges,” adds da Costa. “EUSPA is preparing for this space-based future today.” 

Join us in Prague 

What our space-based future may look like will be on full display on 9 May during Prague’s annual Europe Day celebration. Held on the city’s Střelecký Island starting at 13:00 CET, the event is a showcase of EU integration and values. 

EUSPA will be there to show how you already benefit from space, along with highlighting how Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are building a better future for all Europeans. 

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Europe Day held on 9 May every year celebrates peace and unity in Europe.

Celebrating Europe’s biggest achievements – including the EU Space Programme

9.5.2022 12:02  
Europe Day held on 9 May every year celebrates peace and unity in Europe.
Published: 
09 May 2022

EUSPA celebrates Europe Day – a chance to highlight European integration and values and how the EU Space Programme is helping build an even better EU for tomorrow. 

Today, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) joins citizens across the EU in celebrating Europe. 

Known as Europe Day, the 9th of May marks the signing of the Schuman Declaration, an historic agreement that laid the foundation for a united Europe and planted the seeds to what would eventually grow into the European Union.

As the Declaration states, “Europe will not be made all at once… it will be built through concrete achievements.” Europe Day is an opportunity to reflect on those many achievements – including the achievement that is the EU Space Programme.

Over the past 20 years, the EU has been committed to creating a space programme and infrastructure that is competitive, innovative and capable of delivering real benefits to citizens and businesses alike. The programme has made great leaps forward in recent years, delivering unique services in satellite navigation, Earth Observation and telecommunications, along with strengthening both the upstream and downstream sectors.

The essential link

Positioned as the link between space and user needs, EUSPA plays a central role in the EU Space Programme’s success. “By engaging with the entire EU space community, EUSPA drives innovation-based growth in the European economy and contributes to the safety of EU citizens and the security of the Union and its Member States, while at the same time reinforcing the EU’s strategic autonomy,” says EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa.

As a result of this work, space technology, data and services not only support the interest of the EU, they’re also indispensable to the daily lives of Europeans. Over 3 billion people are currently using Galileo, the world’s most precise positioning system, while many governments, national agencies, institutions, researchers and businesses are all leveraging the data and information coming from Copernicus, the world’s best Earth Observation system. 

Even with the many benefits that the EU Space Programme is already delivering, we’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible. “Businesses and society will increasingly look to space for solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges,” adds da Costa. “EUSPA is preparing for this space-based future today.” 

Join us in Prague 

What our space-based future may look like will be on full display on 9 May during Prague’s annual Europe Day celebration. Held on the city’s Střelecký Island starting at 13:00 CET, the event is a showcase of EU integration and values. 

EUSPA will be there to show how you already benefit from space, along with highlighting how Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are building a better future for all Europeans. 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Europe Day held on 9 May every year celebrates peace and unity in Europe.

EUSPA is looking for Galileo Engineering Support

6.5.2022 9:49  
EUSPA is organizing an industry day on 13 May 2022 at 16.00 to present the details of the procurement for “Engineering Services”.
Published: 
06 May 2022

EUSPA published a procurement on “Engineering Services” for the Galileo Programme. To encourage the widest participation possible, the agency is organizing an industry day to present all the procurement details on 13 May 2022 at 16:00.

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is playing a key role in the Galileo Programme, the EU Global Navigation Satellite System. In its current and future roles related to the Galileo Programme EUSPA is validating the Services, accepting new system upgrades, managing the operations, maintaining and evolving the infrastructure and promoting the use and benefits of Galileo. To perform these tasks effectively and efficiently, EUSPA will continue to rely on industrial support. 

The procurement of this support covers several engineering domains, allowing EUSPA to ensure continuity and maintenance of the Galileo  operational capabilities, implement the planned evolutions and fulfill its new role as Galileo System Prime for the system in operation. The support is requested in separate lots each focused on different activities and expertise. EUSPA is committed to promoting the widest participation possible by economic operators, in particular start-ups, new entrants, and SMEs. 

The agency is thus organizing an industry day on 13 May 2022 at 16.00 to present the details of the procurement for “Engineering Services”. You can find the agenda here.

Potential participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the mission of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme and the procurement documentation and submission process.

To attend this industry day, please register here.

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EUSPA is organizing an industry day on 13 May 2022 at 16.00 to present the details of the procurement for “Engineering Services”.

EUSPA is looking for Galileo Engineering Support

6.5.2022 9:49  
EUSPA is organizing an industry day on 13 May 2022 at 16.00 to present the details of the procurement for “Engineering Services”.
Published: 
06 May 2022

EUSPA published a procurement on “Engineering Services” for the Galileo Programme. To encourage the widest participation possible, the agency is organizing an industry day to present all the procurement details on 13 May 2022 at 16:00.

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is playing a key role in the Galileo Programme, the EU Global Navigation Satellite System. In its current and future roles related to the Galileo Programme EUSPA is validating the Services, accepting new system upgrades, managing the operations, maintaining and evolving the infrastructure and promoting the use and benefits of Galileo. To perform these tasks effectively and efficiently, EUSPA will continue to rely on industrial support. 

The procurement of this support covers several engineering domains, allowing EUSPA to ensure continuity and maintenance of the Galileo  operational capabilities, implement the planned evolutions and fulfill its new role as Galileo System Prime for the system in operation. The support is requested in separate lots each focused on different activities and expertise. EUSPA is committed to promoting the widest participation possible by economic operators, in particular start-ups, new entrants, and SMEs. 

The agency is thus organizing an industry day on 13 May 2022 at 16.00 to present the details of the procurement for “Engineering Services”. You can find the agenda here.

Potential participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the mission of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme and the procurement documentation and submission process.

To attend this industry day, please register here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

EUSPA is organizing an industry day on 13 May 2022 at 16.00 to present the details of the procurement for “Engineering Services”.

Another step for EU’s positioning system: Nikolina joins the Galileo family!

5.5.2022 12:32  
Nikolina joins the Galileo family
Published: 
05 May 2022

After a challenging Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) and Testing campaign during the pandemic times, Galileo satellite “Nikolina” (GSAT0223) is entering service provision as of today. The satellite will reinforce the performance and robustness of the EU’s satellite-based positioning system.

GSAT0223 was brought into space on 05/12/2021 with Galileo launch L11 after the usual design, acceptance, validation, launch and early orbit preparation and operations phases.

This was the first Early Orbit Operations phase conducted directly from the operational centre in Germany, under the responsibility of EUSPA. Thanks to the efforts of all parties involved, “Nikolina” is now a happy member of the Galileo family!

GSAT0223 and its launch-companion GSAT0224 (Shriya) are the first pair of the third batch of Galileo First Generation satellites to reach space. GSAT0223 will fill the last empty slot in Galileo’s orbital plane B. Shriya is soon completing its in-orbit validation and will then join the operational constellation. Furthermore, ten additional satellites of the same batch are continuing assembly, acceptance and launch preparations.

New horizons for the EU Space Programme and its Galileo component are opening up.

Stay tuned for more updates on I/NAV and the next entries into service!

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Nikolina joins the Galileo family

Partnering to promote sustainable fisheries and aquafarms

4.5.2022 9:31  
Rodrigo da Costa, EUSPA Executive Director, Susan Steele, Executive Director of EFCA
Published: 
04 May 2022

A new Memorandum of Understanding aims to better leverage Galileo and Copernicus to further the goals of the Common Fisheries Policy and the EU’s Green Deal.

Today, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) and the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA), the EU agency responsible for coordinating national operational activities in fisheries and assisting Member States in applying the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The cooperation agreement reflects the two agencies shared commitment to creating sustainable fisheries and aquaculture – both of which are key components to the European Union’s Green Deal.

“Through the MoU, EUSPA will help EFCA better leverage the EU Space Programme, particularly Galileo, the European Global Satellite Navigation System (EGNSS) and Copernicus, the European Earth Observation programme. This agreement allows EFCA to gain new tools for enforcing the Common Fisheries Policy and EUSPA will also be able to benefit from EFCA’s expertise, allowing us to better meet the needs of the fisheries control community,” says EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa.

Cracking down on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

Both Copernicus and Galileo are already being used to assess the location of fish stocks and to track the location of vessels in an effort to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, an important aspect of the CFP. The key to doing so is to increase transparency and provide precise information to policy makers and regulators like the EFCA. To this end, Earth Observation services, including the Maritime Surveillance component of the Copernicus Security Service, along with GNSS-based solutions utilising Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) and Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS), are important tools in the fight against IUU fishing – a practice that not only costs the global economy between EUR 9 and 21 billion annually, but also threatens our oceans’ fragile biodiversity.

Galileo and Copernicus will improve EFCA capacity to detect, identify and categorise suspected non-compliant fishing activities and will result in safer, more sustainable and efficient maritime operations.

According to Dr Steele, EFCA is already using the EU Space Programme. Back in 2017, EFCA requested the support of Copernicus Maritime Surveillance (CMS) to monitor a vessel seen towing a cage of bluefin tuna – a strictly regulated species. By providing an optical image of a precise location, the agency was able to confirm that the targeted vessel was compliant with all relevant EU regulations.

Another good example of how Galileo and Copernicus are being used to curtail IUU fishing can be found in Norway, where the Norwegian Coastal Authority, in collaboration with Mercator Ocean, are combining GNSS and Earth Observation data with artificial intelligence to identify vessels with suspicious route patterns. The tool is contributing to a more efficient identification and monitoring of vessels that are possibly conducting illicit activities or are engaged in IUU fishing.

Supporting Europe’s growing aquaculture sector

Copernicus and Galileo are also being used to support Europe’s growing aquaculture sector. By providing information and data on environmental conditions (salinity, currents, temperature, etc.) and long-term weather forecasts, EO-based applications play a key role selecting ideal locations to establish aquafarms.

Once the aquafarm is up and running, much of the work is done by fully automated vessels that rely on the accurate positioning and navigation provided by Galileo.

Several projects set to benefit

To kick-off the MoU, EUSPA and EFCA have identified several EU-funded projects that could benefit from the agencies’ cooperation. These include Bluebox Porbeagle, which is developing a transceiver to report the position of vessels computed using Galileo and authenticated with Galileo Open Service Navigation Message Authentication, and GAMBAS, a project building a search and rescue beacon that can be remotely activated by rescue coordination centres. The MoU can be amended to expand the cooperation to include other projects and initiatives.

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Rodrigo da Costa, EUSPA Executive Director, Susan Steele, Executive Director of EFCA

EU Space Week 2022: Addressing user needs through #EUSpace

3.5.2022 10:55  
EU Space Week, the go-to event of for Europe’s space community, is happening 3 – 6 October 2022 in Prague, Czech Republic.
Published: 
03 May 2022

EU Space Week, the go-to event of for Europe’s space community, is happening 3 – 6 October 2022 in Prague, Czech Republic.

After two years of online-only editions, EU Space Week 2022 is set to bring together the entire European Union space community. From policymakers to industry, start-ups, public authorities, investors and users, EU Space Week is the place to be for anyone interested in current – and future – trends of the EU Space Programme.

The event is jointly organised by the European Commission and the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) and held under the auspices of the Czech Presidency and the City of Prague.

What to expect

Plunge into the world of EU Space with several days full of exciting sessions, events, demonstrations and business opportunities.

With the aim of giving a ‘New Space’ angle to EU Space, this year’s edition will be about entrepreneurship and innovation in space-related businesses across the EU. We will also be showcasing the critical role the EU Space programme plays in igniting positive societal changes.

It's time to see each other again!

Let’s meet and reconnect in Prague at EU Space Week 2022!

Registration will be open soon, but you can already mark your calendars for 3 – 6 October.

And be sure to follow DG DEFIS (@DEFIS_eu) and EUSPA (@EU4Space) on Twitter for updates.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

EU Space Week, the go-to event of for Europe’s space community, is happening 3 – 6 October 2022 in Prague, Czech Republic.

EU Space Week 2022: Addressing user needs through #EUSpace

3.5.2022 10:55  
EU Space Week, the go-to event of for Europe’s space community, is happening 3 – 6 October 2022 in Prague, Czech Republic.
Published: 
03 May 2022

EU Space Week, the go-to event of for Europe’s space community, is happening 3 – 6 October 2022 in Prague, Czech Republic.

After two years of online-only editions, EU Space Week 2022 is set to bring together the entire European Union space community. From policymakers to industry, start-ups, public authorities, investors and users, EU Space Week is the place to be for anyone interested in current – and future – trends of the EU Space Programme.

The event is jointly organised by the European Commission and the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) and held under the auspices of the Czech Presidency and the City of Prague.

What to expect

Plunge into the world of EU Space with several days full of exciting sessions, events, demonstrations and business opportunities.

With the aim of giving a ‘New Space’ angle to EU Space, this year’s edition will be about entrepreneurship and innovation in space-related businesses across the EU. We will also be showcasing the critical role the EU Space programme plays in igniting positive societal changes.

It's time to see each other again!

Let’s meet and reconnect in Prague at EU Space Week 2022!

Registration will be open soon, but you can already mark your calendars for 3 – 6 October.

And be sure to follow DG DEFIS (@DEFIS_eu) and EUSPA (@EU4Space) on Twitter for updates.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

EU Space Week, the go-to event of for Europe’s space community, is happening 3 – 6 October 2022 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Galileo helps map out safer cycling routes in the Netherlands

28.4.2022 15:49  
Surveying with integrated equipment
Published: 
28 April 2022

An initiative in the Netherlands leverages Galileo’s enhanced accuracy and positioning to conduct a comprehensive safety assessment of local bicycle paths.

The Dutch love their bikes. In fact, according to a European Commission report on quality transportation, 36% of Dutch people say biking is their preferred method for getting around.

Bolstered by a robust cycling infrastructure, including dedicated paths, protected lanes, and plenty of bicycle parking, 27% of all travel in the Netherlands is done by bike. In cities like Amsterdam and Zwolle, this percentage is even higher.

But, as impressive as these figures may be, one biking-related statistic cannot be ignored: the number of cycling accidents. According to SafetyNL, nearly 50,000 cyclists were seriously injured in 2019. With cycling continuing to grow in popularity, this number will only increase – which is why the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant decided to conduct a trial for comprehensive safety assessment of its bicycle infrastructure.

Carried out in cooperation with Royal HaskoningDHV, BAM Infra Nederland and the Prisma Groep, the initiative used Galileo alongside other technologies to create detailed and comprehensive maps of the area’s bike paths. After assessing their status and analysing traffic safety, each path was given a unique safety score.

A more accurate picture

The inventory was created by equipping bikes and riders with sensors, accelerometers, LiDAR and cameras – and of course, Galileo-enabled GNSS receivers.

 Prisma Groep first trial for rider assistance

 Backup sensors counts with GNSS, IMU, two velodyne scanners and five cameras

“Using Galileo means more visible satellites and thus increased signal continuity and availability,” says Erik van Duffelen, a project coordinator at the Prisma Groep. “This capability is particularly important in areas with limited line of sight, like bike paths that traverse through urban canyons or under dense tree canopies.”

As the cyclist rides around, the equipment scans the environment, capturing measurements and recording location. During post-processing, the captured data is analysed using artificial intelligence models and algorithms. The result forms the basis of a “digital twin” of the bicycle paths, which not only helps to update older maps, but also includes information about obstacles and other safety hazards. This can be used to improve cyclist safety and to inform future infrastructure development.

 Surveying with integrated equipments

“Galileo gave us a more accurate picture of the bicycle paths and a more precise inventory of the cycling infrastructure,” adds van Duffelen. “Thanks to this level of accuracy and precision, cyclists and authorities alike have the information they need to improve safety.”

 Sketch of the bicycles paths after processing data

Following a successful pilot programme, the initiative has launched a comprehensive commercial service. Called BikePathfinder (FietsPadvinder; article in Dutch), the service is available to road authorities and other entities working to improve cycling infrastructure and safety.

 FietsPadvinder logo

To learn more about Galileo, its services and differentiators, please register at the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) or contact the GSC Helpdesk at www.gsc-europa.eu/helpdesk.

The authors would like to thank the Prisma Groep for their help in preparing this article.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Surveying with integrated equipment

Galileo helps map out safer cycling routes in the Netherlands

28.4.2022 15:49  
Surveying with integrated equipment
Published: 
28 April 2022

An initiative in the Netherlands leverages Galileo’s enhanced accuracy and positioning to conduct a comprehensive safety assessment of local bicycle paths.

The Dutch love their bikes. In fact, according to a European Commission report on quality transportation, 36% of Dutch people say biking is their preferred method for getting around.

Bolstered by a robust cycling infrastructure, including dedicated paths, protected lanes, and plenty of bicycle parking, 27% of all travel in the Netherlands is done by bike. In cities like Amsterdam and Zwolle, this percentage is even higher.

But, as impressive as these figures may be, one biking-related statistic cannot be ignored: the number of cycling accidents. According to SafetyNL, nearly 50,000 cyclists were seriously injured in 2019. With cycling continuing to grow in popularity, this number will only increase – which is why the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant decided to conduct a trial for comprehensive safety assessment of its bicycle infrastructure.

Carried out in cooperation with Royal HaskoningDHV, BAM Infra Nederland and the Prisma Groep, the initiative used Galileo alongside other technologies to create detailed and comprehensive maps of the area’s bike paths. After assessing their status and analysing traffic safety, each path was given a unique safety score.

A more accurate picture

The inventory was created by equipping bikes and riders with sensors, accelerometers, LiDAR and cameras – and of course, Galileo-enabled GNSS receivers.

 Prisma Groep first trial for rider assistance

Prisma Groep first trial for rider assistance

 Backup sensors counts with GNSS, IMU, two velodyne scanners and five cameras

Backup sensors counts with GNSS, IMU, two velodyne scanners and five cameras

“Using Galileo means more visible satellites and thus increased signal continuity and availability,” says Erik van Duffelen, a project coordinator at the Prisma Groep. “This capability is particularly important in areas with limited line of sight, like bike paths that traverse through urban canyons or under dense tree canopies.”

As the cyclist rides around, the equipment scans the environment, capturing measurements and recording location. During post-processing, the captured data is analysed using artificial intelligence models and algorithms. The result forms the basis of a “digital twin” of the bicycle paths, which not only helps to update older maps, but also includes information about obstacles and other safety hazards. This can be used to improve cyclist safety and to inform future infrastructure development.

 Surveying with integrated equipments

Surveying with integrated equipments

“Galileo gave us a more accurate picture of the bicycle paths and a more precise inventory of the cycling infrastructure,” adds van Duffelen. “Thanks to this level of accuracy and precision, cyclists and authorities alike have the information they need to improve safety.”

 Sketch of the bicycles paths after processing data

Sketch of the bicycles paths after processing data

Following a successful pilot programme, the initiative has launched a comprehensive commercial service. Called BikePathfinder (FietsPadvinder; article in Dutch), the service is available to road authorities and other entities working to improve cycling infrastructure and safety.

FietsPadvinder logo

FietsPadvinder logo

To learn more about Galileo, its services and differentiators, please register at the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) or contact the GSC Helpdesk at www.gsc-europa.eu/helpdesk.

The authors would like to thank the Prisma Groep for their help in preparing this article.

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Surveying with integrated equipment

PIN: European GNSS Service Demonstrator

26.4.2022 11:21  
EGNSS Service Demonstrator as the centralised platform for EGNSS demonstration capabilities
Published: 
26 April 2022

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) has issued a Prior Information Notice (PIN) for a planned call to develop the European GNSS Service Demonstrator (ESD) providing a centralised platform for the demonstration of new and enhanced end-to-end European Global Navigation Satellite System (EGNSS) services

The European Commission is currently specifying the long-term evolution of the EGNSS programme, including new services for Galileo and EGNOS. The European GNSS Service Demonstrator (ESD) will support Galileo and EGNOS evolution by providing a centralised platform for the demonstration of new and enhanced end-to-end EGNSS services.

The ESD shall deliver preoperational EGNSS signals and data that can be easily and openly accessed by users with the appropriate equipment to test the new/enhanced services in realistic conditions, validate the correct implementation of receiver interfaces and standards and anticipate and support the development of new applications.

The ESD will receive data from various sources (e.g. GNSS sensor station data) and rebroadcast data from various sources(e.g. SBAS DFMC data, high accuracy data); compute EGNSS data and corrections by providing a pre-operational DFMC SBAS open service signal (for non-safety of life usage) over Europe primarily, and potentially over a part of Africa; disseminate EGNSS data via various broadcast means (e.g. SiS through EGNOS GEOs, internet). The contractor may be requested to carry out additional activities such as developing additional kernels or integrating or interfacing with external kernels (e.g. high accuracy kernel, authentication kernel, emergency warning service kernel, internet of things kernel, OS-NMA evolution kernel, etc.). The scope of the procurement will also cover the provision of engineering support services.

More information about the Prior Information Notice (PIN) can be found here.

Read this: Space-based solutions set to address some of today’s most pressing challenges

Galileo is Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) providing an accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. Galileo is operational since the Initial Service declaration at the end of 2016. Beyond the classical positioning and timing services provided by all the existing GNSS providers, Galileo will provide new, advance services, such as the High Accuracy Service (HAS, an open access service based on the provision of precise corrections) and the Commercial Authentication Service (CAS, a controlled access service based on the encrypted spreading codes).

EGNOS is the European SBAS and augments GPS L1 C/A civilian signal by providing corrections and integrity information for positioning and navigation applications over Europe. EGNOS version 3, will in the near future augment both GPS and Galileo constellations in the L1 and L5 bands and will extend the service area to the entire landmasses of EU Member States. New EGNOS services could be implemented in further EGNOS releases.

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EGNSS Service Demonstrator as the centralised platform for EGNSS demonstration capabilities

EUSPA: the gatekeeper to a secure EU Space Programme

21.4.2022 11:15  
EUSPA: the gatekeeper to a secure EU Space Programme
Published: 
21 April 2022

Speaking at CYSAT, EUSPA highlighted how its security apparatus helps protect the space-based data we depend on against malicious cyberattacks.

The number of critical services and everyday devices that depend on satellite-based data continues to increase. But with this increase comes new challenges – including cybersecurity.

Satellites have historically been designed to be reliable - but not necessarily secure. This, in combination with recent trends towards software-defined satellites, in-orbit reconfigurations, and quantum technologies, means space assets and data are now more vulnerable to cyberattacks than ever before.

“Ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of space data against cyber threats is a new challenge that we simply cannot afford to ignore,” said Philippe Rosius, Head of Galileo Security Monitoring centre (GSMC) at the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA).

According to Rosius, who made his remarks at CYSAT (the European event dedicated to cybersecurity for the space industry) EUSPA is uniquely positioned to serve as the security gatekeeper of the EU Space Programme. “In addition to its service provision, EUSPA is responsible for ensuring that Europe’s GNSS signals are secure,” he said. “It also provides security expertise and support for the Space Programme’s other components, including GOVSATCOM, as well as to various European Commission initiatives.”

Specifically, the EUSPA security organisation provides the cybersecurity and engineering competence for all programme components. “Our security engineering and cybersecurity work defines and implements the security requirements related to the services, the systems, and their operations,” explained Rosius.

The Security Authority also oversees the operational security of European GNSS (Galileo and EGNOS). “Here our work focuses on ensuring that the systems in operation comply with the general security requirements established using a threat and risk analysis,” added Rosius.

An integral part of the Galileo infrastructure

Security monitoring is done by the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC).

“The GSMC is an integral part of the Galileo infrastructure and has the competence to be extended to other Space Programme’s components,” said Rosius.

From its sites in France and Spain, the GSMC monitors and, when necessary, takes action regarding security threats, security alerts and the operational status of Galileo’s various components. It is also responsible for managing access to the Public Regulated Service (PRS) and ensures that sensitive information relating to its use is properly managed and protected.

“In the event of a security threat to the security of systems and services deployed, operated and used under the Union Space Programme which may affect the security of the Union, the European Council issues specific instructions to EUSPA, which the GSMC is responsible for implementing,” explained Rosius.

The EU Space Programme’s security accreditation authority

If the Security authority and GSMC make EUSPA the security gatekeeper of the EU Space Programme, then security assurance is finally ensured by the Security Accreditation Board (SAB). “The SAB is the security accreditation authority for all of the EU Space Programme’s components,” said SAB Chair Bruno Vermeire, who also spoke during CYSAT. “In this role, it ensures that all systems comply with the relevant security requirements, including Cyber and Supply Chain, and provides statements of approval to operate for the systems and services.”

An independent body within EUSPA, the SAB is composed of a representative from each Member State, the Commission and from the High Representative for the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The Board is charged with:

  • Defining and approving security accreditation strategies
  • Approving satellite launches
  • Authorising the operation of systems in different configurations and for various services
  • Authorising the operation of ground stations
  • Authorising bodies to develop or manufacture sensitive PRS technologies, receivers and security modules
  • Endorsing the selection of approved products
  • Approving interconnections between systems

The SAB makes its decisions in an independent manner, including in regard to the Commission and other bodies responsible for implementing the components and provision of service.

“Thanks to this robust security apparatus, EUSPA is at the front lines of cybersecurity, providing end users with the confidence of knowing that the space-derived data they depend on is safe and secure,” concluded Vermeire. 

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EUSPA: the gatekeeper to a secure EU Space Programme

GNSS Raw Measurements Task Force Meeting: Registration now open!

13.4.2022 16:42  
The GNSS Task Force Workshop brings stakeholders together to discuss experience around raw measurement use.
Published: 
13 April 2022

Registration is now open for the fifth GNSS Raw Measurements Task Force meeting, which will take place on 17 May 2022. Participants in the event, which will be held online, will gain access to Task Force members’ experience and learn about progress around the use of raw measurements in Android devices. Interested? Register here.

The aim of the GSA’s Raw Measurements Task Force is to bridge the knowledge gap between raw measurement users. The GNSS Raw Measurements Task Force meetings are a key element in this effort, providing a forum for stakeholders to share experience and knowledge around raw measurements use.

A full agenda

Starting in the afternoon, following a welcome address from the EUSPA’s Head of Market, Downstream and Innovation (MADI) Department Fiammetta Diani, the opening session of the workshop will include a keynote presentation from Google`s Frank Van Diggelen and Mohammed Khider. Then, update on EGNSS opportunities and other useful information coming from the Galileo programme given by the members of the MADI team will follow.

After the break, the agenda will be fully dedicated to presentations from Task Force members, targeting their innovative work using raw measurements. Finally, during the last session, the presentations focusing on latest testing results and implementation of EGNSS differentiators will follow. For the full draft agenda, click here.

Join the Task Force

The GNSS Raw Measurements Task Force is dedicated to promoting a better and wider use of GNSS raw measurements.

Since its launch in 2017, the Task Force has expanded from a handful of experts to a community of over 100 agencies, universities, research institutes and companies. Membership is open to anybody interested in GNSS raw measurements. To join the Task Force contact: market@euspa.europa.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The GNSS Task Force Workshop brings stakeholders together to discuss experience around raw measurement use.

GNSS Raw Measurements Task Force Meeting: Registration now open!

13.4.2022 16:42  
The GNSS Task Force Workshop brings stakeholders together to discuss experience around raw measurement use.
Published: 
13 April 2022

Registration is now open for the fifth GNSS Raw Measurements Task Force meeting, which will take place on 17 May 2022. Participants in the event, which will be held online, will gain access to Task Force members’ experience and learn about progress around the use of raw measurements in Android devices. Interested? Register here.

The aim of the EUSPA’s Raw Measurements Task Force is to bridge the knowledge gap between raw measurement users. The GNSS Raw Measurements Task Force meetings are a key element in this effort, providing a forum for stakeholders to share experience and knowledge around raw measurements use.

A full agenda

Starting in the afternoon, following a welcome address from the EUSPA’s Head of Market, Downstream and Innovation (MADI) Department Fiammetta Diani, the opening session of the workshop will include a keynote presentation from Google`s Frank Van Diggelen and Mohammed Khider. Then, update on EGNSS opportunities and other useful information coming from the Galileo programme given by the members of the MADI team will follow.

After the break, the agenda will be fully dedicated to presentations from Task Force members, targeting their innovative work using raw measurements. Finally, during the last session, the presentations focusing on latest testing results and implementation of EGNSS differentiators will follow. For the full draft agenda, click here.

Join the Task Force

The GNSS Raw Measurements Task Force is dedicated to promoting a better and wider use of GNSS raw measurements.

Since its launch in 2017, the Task Force has expanded from a handful of experts to a community of over 100 agencies, universities, research institutes and companies. Membership is open to anybody interested in GNSS raw measurements. To join the Task Force contact: market@euspa.europa.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The GNSS Task Force Workshop brings stakeholders together to discuss experience around raw measurement use.

GNSS Raw Measurements Task Force Meeting: Registration now open!

13.4.2022 16:42  
The GNSS Task Force Meeting brings stakeholders together to discuss experience around raw measurement use.
Published: 
13 April 2022

Registration is now open for the fifth GNSS Raw Measurements Task Force meeting, which will take place on 17 May 2022. Participants in the event, which will be held online, will gain access to Task Force members’ experience and learn about progress around the use of raw measurements in Android devices. Interested? Register here.

The aim of the EUSPA’s Raw Measurements Task Force is to bridge the knowledge gap between raw measurement users. The GNSS Raw Measurements Task Force meetings are a key element in this effort, providing a forum for stakeholders to share experience and knowledge around raw measurements use.

A full agenda

Starting in the afternoon, following a welcome address from the EUSPA’s Head of Market, Downstream and Innovation (MADI) Department Fiammetta Diani, the opening session of the meeting will include a keynote presentation from Google`s Frank Van Diggelen and Mohammed Khider. Then, update on EGNSS opportunities and other useful information coming from the Galileo programme given by the members of the MADI team will follow.

After the break, the agenda will be fully dedicated to presentations from Task Force members, targeting their innovative work using raw measurements. Finally, during the last session, the presentations focusing on latest testing results and implementation of EGNSS differentiators will follow. For the full draft agenda, click here.

Join the Task Force

The GNSS Raw Measurements Task Force is dedicated to promoting a better and wider use of GNSS raw measurements.

Since its launch in 2017, the Task Force has expanded from a handful of experts to a community of over 100 agencies, universities, research institutes and companies. Membership is open to anybody interested in GNSS raw measurements. To join the Task Force contact: market@euspa.europa.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The GNSS Task Force Meeting brings stakeholders together to discuss experience around raw measurement use.

GNSS Raw Measurements Task Force Meeting: Registration now open!

13.4.2022 16:42  
The GNSS Task Force Meeting brings stakeholders together to discuss experience around raw measurement use.
Published: 
13 April 2022

Registration is now open for the fifth GNSS Raw Measurements Task Force meeting, which will take place on 17 May 2022. Participants in the event, which will be held online, will gain access to Task Force members’ experience and learn about progress around the use of raw measurements in Android devices. Interested? Register here.

The aim of the EUSPA’s Raw Measurements Task Force is to bridge the knowledge gap between raw measurement users. The GNSS Raw Measurements Task Force meetings are a key element in this effort, providing a forum for stakeholders to share experience and knowledge around raw measurements use.

A full agenda

Starting in the afternoon, following a welcome address from the EUSPA’s Head of Market, Downstream and Innovation (MADI) Department Fiammetta Diani, the opening session of the meeting will include a keynote presentation from Google`s Frank Van Diggelen and Mohammed Khider. Then, update on EGNSS opportunities and other useful information coming from the Galileo programme given by the members of the MADI team will follow.

After the break, the agenda will be fully dedicated to presentations from Task Force members, targeting their innovative work using raw measurements. Finally, during the last session, the presentations focusing on latest testing results and implementation of EGNSS differentiators will follow. For the full draft agenda, click here.

Join the Task Force

The GNSS Raw Measurements Task Force is dedicated to promoting a better and wider use of GNSS raw measurements.

Since its launch in 2017, the Task Force has expanded from a handful of experts to a community of over 100 agencies, universities, research institutes and companies. Membership is open to anybody interested in GNSS raw measurements. To join the Task Force contact: market@euspa.europa.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The GNSS Task Force Meeting brings stakeholders together to discuss experience around raw measurement use.

Galileo positions e-bike sharing programme as a game changer in urban mobility

12.4.2022 12:54  
Each AMBici bike will be equipped with a Galileo-enabled GNSS receiver.
Published: 
12 April 2022

A new electric bike sharing programme in the Barcelona metropolitan area will use Galileo’s highly accurate positioning and timing information.

In Barcelona, bike sharing is set to go electric as the metropolitan area prepares to rollout a fleet of state-of-the-art electric bicycles – making it even easier for the public to travel in a sustainable, healthy and economical way.

Called AMBici, the electric bikes will complement existing bike sharing programmes, such as Barcelona’s Bicing system, and further integrate the metro area’s public transportation network. Led by the Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona (AMB) and managed by Transports Metropolitana de Barcelona (TMB), the programme will consist of 2,600 electric bikes and 236 docking stations located across 15 area municipalities.

To ensure that the bicycles are evenly distributed and readily available in high-use areas, each bike will be equipped with a Galileo-enabled GNSS receiver. The highly accurate positioning that Galileo provides will also support cyclists as they navigate their way from docking station to destination.

“Because using Galileo means greater precision regarding positioning and timing information, it has the potential to exponentially enhance the quality of urban mobility services,” explains Josep Laborda, ARIADNA project coordinator.

ARIADNA is a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) dedicated to supporting the adoption of European GNSS (EGNSS) for mobility services. The project focuses on educating urban mobility stakeholders about how EGNSS can be used to enable integrated transportation networks.

“The AMBici initiative is a perfect example of how cutting-edge technologies like EGNSS are key to boosting multimodality, encouraging active transportation and building smart and sustainable urban transport networks,” adds Laborda.

The AMBici programme will be implemented, operated, maintained and managed by a private service provider selected via an open public tender with a budget of EUR 60.8 million. The contract is expected to be awarded in June of this year.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Each AMBici bike will be equipped with a Galileo-enabled GNSS receiver.

Galileo positions e-bike sharing programme as a game changer in urban mobility

12.4.2022 12:54  
Each AMBici bike will be equipped with a Galileo-enabled GNSS receiver.
Published: 
12 April 2022

A new electric bike sharing programme in the Barcelona metropolitan area will use Galileo’s highly accurate positioning and timing information.

In Barcelona, bike sharing is set to go electric as the metropolitan area prepares to rollout a fleet of state-of-the-art electric bicycles – making it even easier for the public to travel in a sustainable, healthy and economical way.

Called AMBici, the electric bikes will complement existing bike sharing programmes, such as Barcelona’s Bicing system, and further integrate the metro area’s public transportation network. Led by the Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona (AMB) and managed by Transports Metropolitana de Barcelona (TMB), the programme will consist of 2,600 electric bikes and 236 docking stations located across 15 area municipalities.

To ensure that the bicycles are evenly distributed and readily available in high-use areas, each bike will be equipped with a Galileo-enabled GNSS receiver. The highly accurate positioning that Galileo provides will also support cyclists as they navigate their way from docking station to destination.

“Because using Galileo means greater precision regarding positioning and timing information, it has the potential to exponentially enhance the quality of urban mobility services,” explains Josep Laborda, ARIADNA project coordinator.

ARIADNA is a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) dedicated to supporting the adoption of European GNSS (EGNSS) for mobility services. The project focuses on educating urban mobility stakeholders about how EGNSS can be used to enable integrated transportation networks.

“The AMBici initiative is a perfect example of how cutting-edge technologies like EGNSS are key to boosting multimodality, encouraging active transportation and building smart and sustainable urban transport networks,” adds Laborda.

The AMBici programme will be implemented, operated, maintained and managed by a private service provider selected via an open public tender with a budget of EUR 60.8 million. The contract is expected to be awarded in June of this year.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Each AMBici bike will be equipped with a Galileo-enabled GNSS receiver.

Galileo positions e-bike sharing programme as a game changer in urban mobility

12.4.2022 12:54  
Each AMBici bike will be equipped with a Galileo-enabled GNSS receiver.
Published: 
12 April 2022

A new electric bike sharing programme in the Barcelona metropolitan area will use Galileo’s highly accurate positioning and timing information.

In Barcelona, bike sharing is set to go electric as the metropolitan area prepares to rollout a fleet of state-of-the-art electric bicycles – making it even easier for the public to travel in a sustainable, healthy and economical way.

Called AMBici, the electric bikes will complement existing bike sharing programmes, such as Barcelona’s Bicing system, and further integrate the metro area’s public transportation network. Led by the Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona (AMB) and managed by Transports Metropolitana de Barcelona (TMB), the programme will consist of 2,600 electric bikes and 236 docking stations located across 15 area municipalities.

To ensure that the bicycles are evenly distributed and readily available in high-use areas, each bike will be equipped with a Galileo-enabled GNSS receiver. The highly accurate positioning that Galileo provides will also support cyclists as they navigate their way from docking station to destination.

“Because using Galileo means greater precision regarding positioning and timing information, it has the potential to exponentially enhance the quality of urban mobility services,” explains Josep Laborda, ARIADNA project coordinator.

ARIADNA is a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) dedicated to supporting the adoption of European GNSS (EGNSS) for mobility services. The project focuses on educating urban mobility stakeholders about how EGNSS can be used to enable integrated transportation networks.

“The AMBici initiative is a perfect example of how cutting-edge technologies like EGNSS are key to boosting multimodality, encouraging active transportation and building smart and sustainable urban transport networks,” adds Laborda.

The AMBici programme will be implemented, operated, maintained and managed by a private service provider selected via an open public tender with a budget of EUR 60.8 million. The contract is expected to be awarded in June of this year.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Each AMBici bike will be equipped with a Galileo-enabled GNSS receiver.

How the EU Space Programme helps address the new challenges of a changing Arctic

8.4.2022 12:51  
Published: 
08 April 2022

Polar regions are faced with emerging challenges. Climate change is affecting the entire globe, but it is especially pronounced at the poles. With an integrated EU Space Programme in place, Europe has the capacity to better understand the challenges the Arctic Circle is confronted with, shape new mitigating policies and develop the necessary tools to fight climate change.

With nearly half the country sitting north of the Arctic Circle, Norway has a front row seat to the unprecedented changes taking place in this polar region. Climate change is causing temperatures in the Arctic Circle to rise twice as fast as anywhere else on the planet. As the ice melts, the Arctic Ocean is opening and shipping companies are moving in. According to the Arctic Council, ship traffic in the area grew by 25% between 2013 and 2019.

It was also in this context that EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa, delivered a keynote speech at the Oslo Position Conference 2022. His visit to the Norwegian capital was a great opportunity to confer with Jan Christian Vestre Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, on the huge potential of EU Space across 17 markets. Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) & Earth Observation (EO) revenues are expected to reach 500 billion by 2031. Besides, Norway has been supporting European innovation with several H2020 funded projects such as Prepare Ships. Da Costa also met with Norwegian Space Agency leadership and members of the Norwegian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Business and Industry to give an overview of how the Arctic stands to benefit from the EU Space Programme.

Increased maritime traffic in this remote polar region, in combination with more unpredictable and extreme weather events, raises many new challenges”, said EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “In the event of a ship running aground or a collision, search and rescue crews have to navigate rough seas, freezing temperatures and vast spaces in order to evacuate the vessel and provide emergency services.

This is where Galileo comes into play.

Galileo supports search and rescue operations Galileo, Europe’s GNSS, provides improved positioning and timing information to a range of users – including search and rescue (SAR) teams.

Galileo’s SAR service contributes to life-saving efforts by swiftly relaying radio beacon distress signals to the relevant SAR crews by means of dedicated payloads onboard Galileo satellites, supported by three ground stations strategically deployed across Europe. But what really sets the Galileo SAR service apart is its unique Return Link Service (RLS) – a feature that allows people in distress to receive an automatic acknowledgement that their signal has been picked up by emergency first responders.

The Galileo SAR service is fully integrated into the Cospas-Sarsat system, a non-profit satellite-based search and rescue distress alert detection and information distribution system. The SAR transponder on the Galileo satellites picks up signals emitted from distress beacons in the 406 – 406.1 MHz band. It then broadcasts this information to dedicated ground stations called MEOLUTS, which use the signals to generate an independent location of the beacon. This location is then relayed to first responders through dedicated Cospas-Sarsat Mission Control Centres.

In Case You Missed It: EUSPA celebrates ‘406Day’.

Because it offers greater coverage in higher latitudes and thus a more robust performance, Galileo brings particularly important added value to Arctic SAR operations – value which was on full display during a large-scale rescue exercise that took place in the Artic Circle last year. Following the activation of the onboard distress signal, the Galileo SAR service was able to track the ship’s location in just 2 minutes and 20 seconds and with an accuracy of under one kilometre.

Safe navigation, environmental protection and mitigating climate change

But Galileo isn’t the only EU Space Programme benefiting the Arctic. The Copernicus Earth Observation programme’s Marine service provides ship captains and search and rescue teams with essential data on wave height and direction and the presence of sea ice, for example. And ships of all sizes rely on the accurate positioning provided by Galileo to safely navigate across these remote waters.

Furthermore, as the Arctic sees more ship traffic, the risk of environmental catastrophes, such as oil spills, increases. Here, Copernicus satellites can provide optical and synthetic aperture radar images which, combined with accurate positioning from Galileo, allow authorities to quickly reach the spill site, understand the extent of the risk, and implement necessary actions.

The EU Space Programme also plays an important role in mitigating how climate change impacts the Nordic environment. On the one hand, the accurate navigation offered by Galileo and EGNOS can optimise shipping routes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption. On the other hand, the Copernicus Marine and Climate Change Services monitor a number of key climate indicators, such as sea level, temperature, currents and salinity. This data can then be used to drive global climate policy decisions.

Read More: The world has a water problem, and space may have a solution

All the benefits that the EU Space Programme brings to the Arctic region are highlighted in a short film produced by EUSPA, which was premiered for the Norwegian Space Agency. “Protecting the Arctic and its many ecosystems are an important component of the EU Green Deal,” said da Costa while introducing the film. “Through an integrated EU Space Programme and by working closely with our partners in the Arctic like NOSA, we are better-positioned to understand the challenges, find solutions and implement change.” Insertion of video for now

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

How the EU Space Programme helps address the new challenges of a changing Arctic

8.4.2022 12:51  
Published: 
08 April 2022

 

 

Polar regions are faced with emerging challenges. Climate change is affecting the entire globe, but it is especially pronounced at the poles. With an integrated EU Space Programme in place, Europe has the capacity to better understand the challenges the Arctic Circle is confronted with, shape new mitigating policies and develop the necessary tools to fight climate change.

With nearly half the country sitting north of the Arctic Circle, Norway has a front row seat to the unprecedented changes taking place in this polar region. Climate change is causing temperatures in the Arctic Circle to rise twice as fast as anywhere else on the planet. As the ice melts, the Arctic Ocean is opening and shipping companies are moving in. According to the Arctic Council, ship traffic in the area grew by 25% between 2013 and 2019.

It was also in this context that EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa, delivered a keynote speech at the Oslo Position Conference 2022. His visit to the Norwegian capital was a great opportunity to confer with Jan Christian Vestre Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, on the huge potential of EU Space across 17 markets. Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) & Earth Observation (EO) revenues are expected to reach 500 billion by 2031. Besides, Norway has been supporting European innovation with several H2020 funded projects such as Prepare Ships. Da Costa also met with Norwegian Space Agency leadership and members of the Norwegian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Business and Industry to give an overview of how the Arctic stands to benefit from the EU Space Programme.

Increased maritime traffic in this remote polar region, in combination with more unpredictable and extreme weather events, raises many new challenges”, said EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “In the event of a ship running aground or a collision, search and rescue crews have to navigate rough seas, freezing temperatures and vast spaces in order to evacuate the vessel and provide emergency services.

This is where Galileo comes into play.

Galileo supports search and rescue operations Galileo, Europe’s GNSS, provides improved positioning and timing information to a range of users – including search and rescue (SAR) teams.

Galileo’s SAR service contributes to life-saving efforts by swiftly relaying radio beacon distress signals to the relevant SAR crews by means of dedicated payloads onboard Galileo satellites, supported by three ground stations strategically deployed across Europe. But what really sets the Galileo SAR service apart is its unique Return Link Service (RLS) – a feature that allows people in distress to receive an automatic acknowledgement that their signal has been picked up by emergency first responders.

The Galileo SAR service is fully integrated into the Cospas-Sarsat system, a non-profit satellite-based search and rescue distress alert detection and information distribution system. The SAR transponder on the Galileo satellites picks up signals emitted from distress beacons in the 406 – 406.1 MHz band. It then broadcasts this information to dedicated ground stations called MEOLUTS, which use the signals to generate an independent location of the beacon. This location is then relayed to first responders through dedicated Cospas-Sarsat Mission Control Centres.

In Case You Missed It: EUSPA celebrates ‘406Day’.

Because it offers greater coverage in higher latitudes and thus a more robust performance, Galileo brings particularly important added value to Arctic SAR operations – value which was on full display during a large-scale rescue exercise that took place in the Artic Circle last year. Following the activation of the onboard distress signal, the Galileo SAR service was able to track the ship’s location in just 2 minutes and 20 seconds and with an accuracy of under one kilometre.

Safe navigation, environmental protection and mitigating climate change

But Galileo isn’t the only EU Space Programme benefiting the Arctic. The Copernicus Earth Observation programme’s Marine service provides ship captains and search and rescue teams with essential data on wave height and direction and the presence of sea ice, for example. And ships of all sizes rely on the accurate positioning provided by Galileo to safely navigate across these remote waters.

Furthermore, as the Arctic sees more ship traffic, the risk of environmental catastrophes, such as oil spills, increases. Here, Copernicus satellites can provide optical and synthetic aperture radar images which, combined with accurate positioning from Galileo, allow authorities to quickly reach the spill site, understand the extent of the risk, and implement necessary actions.

The EU Space Programme also plays an important role in mitigating how climate change impacts the Nordic environment. On the one hand, the accurate navigation offered by Galileo and EGNOS can optimise shipping routes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption. On the other hand, the Copernicus Marine and Climate Change Services monitor a number of key climate indicators, such as sea level, temperature, currents and salinity. This data can then be used to drive global climate policy decisions.

Read More: The world has a water problem, and space may have a solution

All the benefits that the EU Space Programme brings to the Arctic region are highlighted in a short film produced by EUSPA, which was premiered for the Norwegian Space Agency. “Protecting the Arctic and its many ecosystems are an important component of the EU Green Deal,” said da Costa while introducing the film. “Through an integrated EU Space Programme and by working closely with our partners in the Arctic like NOSA, we are better-positioned to understand the challenges, find solutions and implement change.” Insertion of video for now

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

How the EU Space Programme helps address the new challenges of a changing Arctic

8.4.2022 12:51  
The smallest of the earth’s five major oceans, the Arctic is almost twice the size of Australia, covering 14 million square kilometers
Published: 
08 April 2022

Polar regions are faced with emerging challenges. Climate change is affecting the entire globe, but it is especially pronounced at the poles. With an integrated EU Space Programme in place, Europe has the capacity to better understand the challenges the Arctic Circle is confronted with, shape new mitigating policies and develop the necessary tools to fight climate change.

With nearly half the country sitting north of the Arctic Circle, Norway has a front row seat to the unprecedented changes taking place in this polar region. Climate change is causing temperatures in the Arctic Circle to rise twice as fast as anywhere else on the planet. As the ice melts, the Arctic Ocean is opening and shipping companies are moving in. According to the Arctic Council, ship traffic in the area grew by 25% between 2013 and 2019.

It was also in this context that EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa, delivered a keynote speech at the Oslo Position Conference 2022. His visit to the Norwegian capital was a great opportunity to confer with Jan Christian Vestre Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, on the huge potential of EU Space across 17 markets. Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) & Earth Observation (EO) revenues are expected to reach 500 billion by 2031. Besides, Norway has been supporting European innovation with several H2020 funded projects such as Prepare Ships. Da Costa also met with Norwegian Space Agency leadership and members of the Norwegian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Business and Industry to give an overview of how the Arctic stands to benefit from the EU Space Programme.

Increased maritime traffic in this remote polar region, in combination with more unpredictable and extreme weather events, raises many new challenges”, said EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “In the event of a ship running aground or a collision, search and rescue crews have to navigate rough seas, freezing temperatures and vast spaces in order to evacuate the vessel and provide emergency services.

This is where Galileo comes into play.

Galileo supports search and rescue operations Galileo, Europe’s GNSS, provides improved positioning and timing information to a range of users – including search and rescue (SAR) teams.

Galileo’s SAR service contributes to life-saving efforts by swiftly relaying radio beacon distress signals to the relevant SAR crews by means of dedicated payloads onboard Galileo satellites, supported by three ground stations strategically deployed across Europe. But what really sets the Galileo SAR service apart is its unique Return Link Service (RLS) – a feature that allows people in distress to receive an automatic acknowledgement that their signal has been picked up by emergency first responders.

The Galileo SAR service is fully integrated into the Cospas-Sarsat system, a non-profit satellite-based search and rescue distress alert detection and information distribution system. The SAR transponder on the Galileo satellites picks up signals emitted from distress beacons in the 406 – 406.1 MHz band. It then broadcasts this information to dedicated ground stations called MEOLUTS, which use the signals to generate an independent location of the beacon. This location is then relayed to first responders through dedicated Cospas-Sarsat Mission Control Centres.

In Case You Missed It: EUSPA celebrates ‘406Day’.

Because it offers greater coverage in higher latitudes and thus a more robust performance, Galileo brings particularly important added value to Arctic SAR operations – value which was on full display during a large-scale rescue exercise that took place in the Artic Circle last year. Following the activation of the onboard distress signal, the Galileo SAR service was able to track the ship’s location in just 2 minutes and 20 seconds and with an accuracy of under one kilometre.

Safe navigation, environmental protection and mitigating climate change

But Galileo isn’t the only EU Space Programme benefiting the Arctic. The Copernicus Earth Observation programme’s Marine service provides ship captains and search and rescue teams with essential data on wave height and direction and the presence of sea ice, for example. And ships of all sizes rely on the accurate positioning provided by Galileo to safely navigate across these remote waters.

Furthermore, as the Arctic sees more ship traffic, the risk of environmental catastrophes, such as oil spills, increases. Here, Copernicus satellites can provide optical and synthetic aperture radar images which, combined with accurate positioning from Galileo, allow authorities to quickly reach the spill site, understand the extent of the risk, and implement necessary actions.

The EU Space Programme also plays an important role in mitigating how climate change impacts the Nordic environment. On the one hand, the accurate navigation offered by Galileo and EGNOS can optimise shipping routes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption. On the other hand, the Copernicus Marine and Climate Change Services monitor a number of key climate indicators, such as sea level, temperature, currents and salinity. This data can then be used to drive global climate policy decisions.

Read More: The world has a water problem, and space may have a solution

All the benefits that the EU Space Programme brings to the Arctic region are highlighted in a short film produced by EUSPA, which was premiered for the Norwegian Space Agency. “Protecting the Arctic and its many ecosystems are an important component of the EU Green Deal,” said da Costa while introducing the film. “Through an integrated EU Space Programme and by working closely with our partners in the Arctic like NOSA, we are better-positioned to understand the challenges, find solutions and implement change.

 

 

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The smallest of the earth’s five major oceans, the Arctic is almost twice the size of Australia, covering 14 million square kilometers

How the EU Space Programme helps address the new challenges of a changing Arctic

8.4.2022 12:51  
The smallest of the earth’s five major oceans, the Arctic is almost twice the size of Australia, covering 14 million square kilometers
Published: 
08 April 2022

Polar regions are faced with emerging challenges. Climate change is affecting the entire globe, but it is especially pronounced at the poles. With an integrated EU Space Programme in place, Europe has the capacity to better understand the challenges the Arctic Circle is confronted with, shape new mitigating policies and develop the necessary tools to fight climate change.

With nearly half the country sitting north of the Arctic Circle, Norway has a front row seat to the unprecedented changes taking place in this polar region. Climate change is causing temperatures in the Arctic Circle to rise twice as fast as anywhere else on the planet. As the ice melts, the Arctic Ocean is opening and shipping companies are moving in. According to the Arctic Council, ship traffic in the area grew by 25% between 2013 and 2019.

It was also in this context that EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa, delivered a keynote speech at the Oslo Position Conference 2022. His visit to the Norwegian capital was a great opportunity to confer with Jan Christian Vestre Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, on the huge potential of EU Space across 17 markets. Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) & Earth Observation (EO) revenues are expected to reach 500 billion by 2031. Besides, Norway has been supporting European innovation with several H2020 funded projects such as Prepare Ships. Da Costa also met with Norwegian Space Agency leadership and members of the Norwegian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Business and Industry to give an overview of how the Arctic stands to benefit from the EU Space Programme.

Increased maritime traffic in this remote polar region, in combination with more unpredictable and extreme weather events, raises many new challenges”, said EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “In the event of a ship running aground or a collision, search and rescue crews have to navigate rough seas, freezing temperatures and vast spaces in order to evacuate the vessel and provide emergency services.

This is where Galileo comes into play.

Galileo supports search and rescue operations Galileo, Europe’s GNSS, provides improved positioning and timing information to a range of users – including search and rescue (SAR) teams.

Galileo’s SAR service contributes to life-saving efforts by swiftly relaying radio beacon distress signals to the relevant SAR crews by means of dedicated payloads onboard Galileo satellites, supported by three ground stations strategically deployed across Europe. But what really sets the Galileo SAR service apart is its unique Return Link Service (RLS) – a feature that allows people in distress to receive an automatic acknowledgement that their signal has been picked up by emergency first responders.

The Galileo SAR service is fully integrated into the Cospas-Sarsat system, a non-profit satellite-based search and rescue distress alert detection and information distribution system. The SAR transponder on the Galileo satellites picks up signals emitted from distress beacons in the 406 – 406.1 MHz band. It then broadcasts this information to dedicated ground stations called MEOLUTS, which use the signals to generate an independent location of the beacon. This location is then relayed to first responders through dedicated Cospas-Sarsat Mission Control Centres.

In Case You Missed It: EUSPA celebrates ‘406Day’.

Because it offers greater coverage in higher latitudes and thus a more robust performance, Galileo brings particularly important added value to Arctic SAR operations – value which was on full display during a large-scale rescue exercise that took place in the Artic Circle last year. Following the activation of the onboard distress signal, the Galileo SAR service was able to track the ship’s location in just 2 minutes and 20 seconds and with an accuracy of under one kilometre.

Safe navigation, environmental protection and mitigating climate change

But Galileo isn’t the only EU Space Programme benefiting the Arctic. The Copernicus Earth Observation programme’s Marine service provides ship captains and search and rescue teams with essential data on wave height and direction and the presence of sea ice, for example. And ships of all sizes rely on the accurate positioning provided by Galileo to safely navigate across these remote waters.

Furthermore, as the Arctic sees more ship traffic, the risk of environmental catastrophes, such as oil spills, increases. Here, Copernicus satellites can provide optical and synthetic aperture radar images which, combined with accurate positioning from Galileo, allow authorities to quickly reach the spill site, understand the extent of the risk, and implement necessary actions.

The EU Space Programme also plays an important role in mitigating how climate change impacts the Nordic environment. On the one hand, the accurate navigation offered by Galileo and EGNOS can optimise shipping routes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption. On the other hand, the Copernicus Marine and Climate Change Services monitor a number of key climate indicators, such as sea level, temperature, currents and salinity. This data can then be used to drive global climate policy decisions.

Read More: The world has a water problem, and space may have a solution

All the benefits that the EU Space Programme brings to the Arctic region are highlighted in a short film produced by EUSPA, which was premiered for the Norwegian Space Agency. “Protecting the Arctic and its many ecosystems are an important component of the EU Green Deal,” said da Costa while introducing the film. “Through an integrated EU Space Programme and by working closely with our partners in the Arctic like NOSA, we are better-positioned to understand the challenges, find solutions and implement change.

 

 

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The smallest of the earth’s five major oceans, the Arctic is almost twice the size of Australia, covering 14 million square kilometers

How the EU Space Programme helps address the new challenges of a changing Arctic

8.4.2022 12:51  
Published: 
08 April 2022

 

 

 

Polar regions are faced with emerging challenges. Climate change is affecting the entire globe, but it is especially pronounced at the poles. With an integrated EU Space Programme in place, Europe has the capacity to better understand the challenges the Arctic Circle is confronted with, shape new mitigating policies and develop the necessary tools to fight climate change.

With nearly half the country sitting north of the Arctic Circle, Norway has a front row seat to the unprecedented changes taking place in this polar region. Climate change is causing temperatures in the Arctic Circle to rise twice as fast as anywhere else on the planet. As the ice melts, the Arctic Ocean is opening and shipping companies are moving in. According to the Arctic Council, ship traffic in the area grew by 25% between 2013 and 2019.

It was also in this context that EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa, delivered a keynote speech at the Oslo Position Conference 2022. His visit to the Norwegian capital was a great opportunity to confer with Jan Christian Vestre Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, on the huge potential of EU Space across 17 markets. Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) & Earth Observation (EO) revenues are expected to reach 500 billion by 2031. Besides, Norway has been supporting European innovation with several H2020 funded projects such as Prepare Ships. Da Costa also met with Norwegian Space Agency leadership and members of the Norwegian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Business and Industry to give an overview of how the Arctic stands to benefit from the EU Space Programme.

Increased maritime traffic in this remote polar region, in combination with more unpredictable and extreme weather events, raises many new challenges”, said EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “In the event of a ship running aground or a collision, search and rescue crews have to navigate rough seas, freezing temperatures and vast spaces in order to evacuate the vessel and provide emergency services.

This is where Galileo comes into play.

Galileo supports search and rescue operations Galileo, Europe’s GNSS, provides improved positioning and timing information to a range of users – including search and rescue (SAR) teams.

Galileo’s SAR service contributes to life-saving efforts by swiftly relaying radio beacon distress signals to the relevant SAR crews by means of dedicated payloads onboard Galileo satellites, supported by three ground stations strategically deployed across Europe. But what really sets the Galileo SAR service apart is its unique Return Link Service (RLS) – a feature that allows people in distress to receive an automatic acknowledgement that their signal has been picked up by emergency first responders.

The Galileo SAR service is fully integrated into the Cospas-Sarsat system, a non-profit satellite-based search and rescue distress alert detection and information distribution system. The SAR transponder on the Galileo satellites picks up signals emitted from distress beacons in the 406 – 406.1 MHz band. It then broadcasts this information to dedicated ground stations called MEOLUTS, which use the signals to generate an independent location of the beacon. This location is then relayed to first responders through dedicated Cospas-Sarsat Mission Control Centres.

In Case You Missed It: EUSPA celebrates ‘406Day’.

Because it offers greater coverage in higher latitudes and thus a more robust performance, Galileo brings particularly important added value to Arctic SAR operations – value which was on full display during a large-scale rescue exercise that took place in the Artic Circle last year. Following the activation of the onboard distress signal, the Galileo SAR service was able to track the ship’s location in just 2 minutes and 20 seconds and with an accuracy of under one kilometre.

Safe navigation, environmental protection and mitigating climate change

But Galileo isn’t the only EU Space Programme benefiting the Arctic. The Copernicus Earth Observation programme’s Marine service provides ship captains and search and rescue teams with essential data on wave height and direction and the presence of sea ice, for example. And ships of all sizes rely on the accurate positioning provided by Galileo to safely navigate across these remote waters.

Furthermore, as the Arctic sees more ship traffic, the risk of environmental catastrophes, such as oil spills, increases. Here, Copernicus satellites can provide optical and synthetic aperture radar images which, combined with accurate positioning from Galileo, allow authorities to quickly reach the spill site, understand the extent of the risk, and implement necessary actions.

The EU Space Programme also plays an important role in mitigating how climate change impacts the Nordic environment. On the one hand, the accurate navigation offered by Galileo and EGNOS can optimise shipping routes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption. On the other hand, the Copernicus Marine and Climate Change Services monitor a number of key climate indicators, such as sea level, temperature, currents and salinity. This data can then be used to drive global climate policy decisions.

Read More: The world has a water problem, and space may have a solution

All the benefits that the EU Space Programme brings to the Arctic region are highlighted in a short film produced by EUSPA, which was premiered for the Norwegian Space Agency. “Protecting the Arctic and its many ecosystems are an important component of the EU Green Deal,” said da Costa while introducing the film. “Through an integrated EU Space Programme and by working closely with our partners in the Arctic like NOSA, we are better-positioned to understand the challenges, find solutions and implement change.” Insertion of video for now

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EUSPA celebrates “406Day”, the International Search and Rescue Beacon Day by lifting the veil on new life-saving features.

6.4.2022 12:40  
The Galileo SAR reached new heights with a record-breaking location accuracy performance of 98.12% below 2km. The EU constellation is the biggest contributor to the Cospas-Sarsat MEOSAR system.
Published: 
06 April 2022

Beacon Awareness Day (#406Day) is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing work carried out by Search and Rescue teams across the globe that risk their lives daily to save people in distress. It also aims to remind the owners of Search and Rescue beacons of the need to register their beacons and test them regularly.

On #406Day2021, we celebrate Search and Rescue teams all around the world. But why 406? Well, 406 Day, as April 6th is written in the US where the initiative emerged, is a reference to the 406 MHz frequency of the Search and Rescue beacons used by the international rescue organisation Cospas-Sarsat. These beacons help save an average of seven lives every day around the world.

The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), the European Commission, and their partners, the European Space Agency (ESA), is proud to celebrate Galileo’s contribution to this international effort.

The Search and Rescue (SAR) transponders installed onboard the Galileo satellites decrease the detection and location time of a distress beacon dramatically, speeding up the rescue response and augmenting the chances of survival. Galileo/SAR is the only system delivering the Return Link Service (RLS). This feature provides the user in distress with an acknowledgment indication on the beacon that the distress signal was received and its position located.

Today, Galileo provides more than 90% of the approved L-band satellite-based search and rescue capabilities with 24/7 worldwide coverage. On top, Galileo is also the largest search and rescue ground segment provider with a committed performance of over 20% of the Earth's surface.

It is a great European achievement, which shows that Europe is not only a major space power but also an actor continuously working on people's well-being. The 406 Day is also the perfect occasion to pay tribute to all the members of the Rescue teams around the world.

As announced last year, and based on the feedback received from more than 250 operational Search and Rescue units, Galileo is designing new features to answer their operational needs as closely as possible, to save even more lives. The Remote Beacon Activation Service (e.g. in the case of the disappearance of a plane or a vessel) and the Two-Way communication functionality (that allows rescue coordinators to send pre-programmed questions and instructions to the person in distress) is due to enter into preliminary testing shortly.

Click here for more info.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The Galileo SAR reached new heights with a record-breaking location accuracy performance of 98.12% below 2km. The EU constellation is the biggest contributor to the Cospas-Sarsat MEOSAR system.

EUSPA celebrates “406Day”, the International Search and Rescue Beacon Day by lifting the veil on new life-saving features.

6.4.2022 12:40  
The Galileo SAR reached new heights with a record-breaking location accuracy performance of 98.12% below 2km. The EU constellation is the biggest contributor to the Cospas-Sarsat MEOSAR system.
Published: 
06 April 2022

Beacon Awareness Day (#406Day) is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing work carried out by Search and Rescue teams across the globe that risk their lives daily to save people in distress. It also aims to remind the owners of Search and Rescue beacons of the need to register their beacons and test them regularly.

On #406Day2021, we celebrate Search and Rescue teams all around the world. But why 406? Well, 406 Day, as April 6th is written in the US where the initiative emerged, is a reference to the 406 MHz frequency of the Search and Rescue beacons used by the international rescue organisation Cospas-Sarsat. These beacons help save an average of seven lives every day around the world.

The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), the European Commission, and their partners, the European Space Agency (ESA), is proud to celebrate Galileo’s contribution to this international effort.

The Search and Rescue (SAR) transponders installed onboard the Galileo satellites decrease the detection and location time of a distress beacon dramatically, speeding up the rescue response and augmenting the chances of survival. Galileo/SAR is the only system delivering the Return Link Service (RLS). This feature provides the user in distress with an acknowledgment indication on the beacon that the distress signal was received and its position located.

Today, Galileo provides more than 90% of the approved L-band satellite-based search and rescue capabilities with 24/7 worldwide coverage. On top, Galileo is also the largest search and rescue ground segment provider with a committed performance of over 20% of the Earth's surface.

It is a great European achievement, which shows that Europe is not only a major space power but also an actor continuously working on people's well-being. The 406 Day is also the perfect occasion to pay tribute to all the members of the Rescue teams around the world.

As announced last year, and based on the feedback received from more than 250 operational Search and Rescue units, Galileo is designing new features to answer their operational needs as closely as possible, to save even more lives. The Remote Beacon Activation Service (e.g. in the case of the disappearance of a plane or a vessel) and the Two-Way communication functionality (that allows rescue coordinators to send pre-programmed questions and instructions to the person in distress) is due to enter into preliminary testing shortly.

Click here for more info.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The Galileo SAR reached new heights with a record-breaking location accuracy performance of 98.12% below 2km. The EU constellation is the biggest contributor to the Cospas-Sarsat MEOSAR system.

EUSPA celebrates “406Day”, the International Search and Rescue Beacon Day by lifting the veil on new life-saving features.

6.4.2022 12:40  
The Galileo SAR reached new heights with a record-breaking location accuracy performance of 98.12% below 2km. The EU constellation is the biggest contributor to the Cospas-Sarsat MEOSAR system.
Published: 
06 April 2022

Beacon Awareness Day (#406Day) is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing work carried out by Search and Rescue teams across the globe that risk their lives daily to save people in distress. It also aims to remind the owners of Search and Rescue beacons of the need to register their beacons and test them regularly.

On #406Day2021, we celebrate Search and Rescue teams all around the world. But why 406? Well, 406 Day, as April 6th is written in the US where the initiative emerged, is a reference to the 406 MHz frequency of the Search and Rescue beacons used by the international rescue organisation Cospas-Sarsat. These beacons help save an average of seven lives every day around the world.

The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), the European Commission, and their partners, the European Space Agency (ESA), is proud to celebrate Galileo’s contribution to this international effort.

The Search and Rescue (SAR) transponders installed onboard the Galileo satellites decrease the detection and location time of a distress beacon dramatically, speeding up the rescue response and augmenting the chances of survival. Galileo/SAR is the only system delivering the Return Link Service (RLS). This feature provides the user in distress with an acknowledgment indication on the beacon that the distress signal was received and its position located.

Today, Galileo provides more than 90% of the approved L-band satellite-based search and rescue capabilities with 24/7 worldwide coverage. On top, Galileo is also the largest search and rescue ground segment provider with a committed performance of over 20% of the Earth's surface.

It is a great European achievement, which shows that Europe is not only a major space power but also an actor continuously working on people's well-being. The 406 Day is also the perfect occasion to pay tribute to all the members of the Rescue teams around the world.

As announced last year, and based on the feedback received from more than 250 operational Search and Rescue units, Galileo is designing new features to answer their operational needs as closely as possible, to save even more lives. The Remote Beacon Activation Service (e.g. in the case of the disappearance of a plane or a vessel) and the Two-Way communication functionality (that allows rescue coordinators to send pre-programmed questions and instructions to the person in distress) is due to enter into preliminary testing shortly.

Click here for more info.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The Galileo SAR reached new heights with a record-breaking location accuracy performance of 98.12% below 2km. The EU constellation is the biggest contributor to the Cospas-Sarsat MEOSAR system.

EUSPA celebrates “406Day”, the International Search and Rescue Beacon Day by lifting the veil on new life-saving features.

6.4.2022 12:40  
The Galileo SAR reached new heights with a record-breaking location accuracy performance of 98.12% below 2km. The EU constellation is the biggest contributor to the Cospas-Sarsat MEOSAR system.
Published: 
06 April 2022

Beacon Awareness Day (#406Day) is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing work carried out by Search and Rescue teams across the globe that risk their lives daily to save people in distress. It also aims to remind the owners of Search and Rescue beacons of the need to register their beacons and test them regularly.

On #406Day2021, we celebrate Search and Rescue teams all around the world. But why 406? Well, 406 Day, as April 6th is written in the US where the initiative emerged, is a reference to the 406 MHz frequency of the Search and Rescue beacons used by the international rescue organisation Cospas-Sarsat. These beacons help save an average of seven lives every day around the world.

The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), the European Commission, and their partners, the European Space Agency (ESA), is proud to celebrate Galileo’s contribution to this international effort.

The Search and Rescue (SAR) transponders installed onboard the Galileo satellites decrease the detection and location time of a distress beacon dramatically, speeding up the rescue response and augmenting the chances of survival. Galileo/SAR is the only system delivering the Return Link Service (RLS). This feature provides the user in distress with an acknowledgment indication on the beacon that the distress signal was received and its position located.

Today, Galileo provides more than 90% of the approved L-band satellite-based search and rescue capabilities with 24/7 worldwide coverage. On top, Galileo is also the largest search and rescue ground segment provider with a committed performance of over 20% of the Earth's surface.

It is a great European achievement, which shows that Europe is not only a major space power but also an actor continuously working on people's well-being. The 406 Day is also the perfect occasion to pay tribute to all the members of the Rescue teams around the world.

As announced last year, and based on the feedback received from more than 250 operational Search and Rescue units, Galileo is designing new features to answer their operational needs as closely as possible, to save even more lives. The Remote Beacon Activation Service (e.g. in the case of the disappearance of a plane or a vessel) and the Two-Way communication functionality (that allows rescue coordinators to send pre-programmed questions and instructions to the person in distress) is due to enter into preliminary testing shortly.

Click here for more info.

See how EU Space mitigates risks and saves lives in the Arctic region. 

 

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The Galileo SAR reached new heights with a record-breaking location accuracy performance of 98.12% below 2km. The EU constellation is the biggest contributor to the Cospas-Sarsat MEOSAR system.

EUSPA celebrates “406Day”, the International Search and Rescue Beacon Day by lifting the veil on new life-saving features.

6.4.2022 12:40  
The Galileo SAR reached new heights with a record-breaking location accuracy performance of 98.12% below 2km. The EU constellation is the biggest contributor to the Cospas-Sarsat MEOSAR system.
Published: 
06 April 2022

Beacon Awareness Day (#406Day) is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing work carried out by Search and Rescue teams across the globe that risk their lives daily to save people in distress. It also aims to remind the owners of Search and Rescue beacons of the need to register their beacons and test them regularly.

On #406Day2021, we celebrate Search and Rescue teams all around the world. But why 406? Well, 406 Day, as April 6th is written in the US where the initiative emerged, is a reference to the 406 MHz frequency of the Search and Rescue beacons used by the international rescue organisation Cospas-Sarsat. These beacons help save an average of seven lives every day around the world.

The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), the European Commission, and their partners, the European Space Agency (ESA), is proud to celebrate Galileo’s contribution to this international effort.

The Search and Rescue (SAR) transponders installed onboard the Galileo satellites decrease the detection and location time of a distress beacon dramatically, speeding up the rescue response and augmenting the chances of survival. Galileo/SAR is the only system delivering the Return Link Service (RLS). This feature provides the user in distress with an acknowledgment indication on the beacon that the distress signal was received and its position located.

Today, Galileo provides more than 90% of the approved L-band satellite-based search and rescue capabilities with 24/7 worldwide coverage. On top, Galileo is also the largest search and rescue ground segment provider with a committed performance of over 20% of the Earth's surface.

It is a great European achievement, which shows that Europe is not only a major space power but also an actor continuously working on people's well-being. The 406 Day is also the perfect occasion to pay tribute to all the members of the Rescue teams around the world.

As announced last year, and based on the feedback received from more than 250 operational Search and Rescue units, Galileo is designing new features to answer their operational needs as closely as possible, to save even more lives. The Remote Beacon Activation Service (e.g. in the case of the disappearance of a plane or a vessel) and the Two-Way communication functionality (that allows rescue coordinators to send pre-programmed questions and instructions to the person in distress) is due to enter into preliminary testing shortly.

Click here for more info.

Watch our first ever short documentary to see how Galileo-enabled Emergency Position-Indicating Radiobeacon (EPIRB) is used to save lives in the Arctic Circle, and what benefits the EU Space Programme brings to better understand and fight the challenges climate change is causing, from affecting communities and ecosystems to disrupting maritime operations in the Arctic Circle. 

 

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The Galileo SAR reached new heights with a record-breaking location accuracy performance of 98.12% below 2km. The EU constellation is the biggest contributor to the Cospas-Sarsat MEOSAR system.

Space-based solutions set to address some of today’s most pressing challenges

4.4.2022 11:45  
EUSPA launched earlier in 2020 this Horizon Europe call to transform the digital economy, increase the Union’s resilience and support the Green Deal.
Published: 
04 April 2022

Having received 50 proposals, the first Horizon Europe call is set to turn space technologies like Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus into innovative applications and solutions.

The results of the first Horizon Europe call are in, with the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), who manages the call, receiving 50 proposals.

While the proposals come from across Europe, each shares the common goal of developing innovative downstream solutions that leverage data and information from the EU Space Programme, including Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus.

“Linking space to user needs starts with research and innovation,” says EUSPA Head of Market Development Innovation department, Fiammetta Diani. “By facilitating research that leverages the EU Space Programme, Horizon Europe supports the development of space-based solutions to some of today’s most pressing challenges.”

Those challenges are transforming the digital economy, improving safety and security services and mitigating the risk of climate change – and the proposals received for this first call address all three.

For instance, for the Digital Age, EUSPA received 10 innovative applications proposals focusing on this particular topic. Taking advantage of European GNSS’ (EGNSS) superb multipath resistance and authentication, these proposals look to address a range of societal challenges, including health and wellbeing, smart mobility and the sharing economy.

EUSPA also received 12 proposals for using Earth Observation and EGNSS to better protect European citizens from natural disasters and other emergencies. Many of these proposals, highlight the important of timing and synchronisation services offered by Galileo. “In the unfortunate event of wildfires, floods or earthquakes, having ready access to precise location and up-to-date geospatial information are vital to conducting an effective emergency response,” says Diani. “The synergies between Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS have the potential to offer just that, and these proposals aim to turn that potential into practical solutions.”

As to mitigating the risk of climate change, the first call received 28 proposals for using EGNSS and Earth Observation data to support the objectives of the EU’s Green Deal. “From curbing CO2 emissions to fighting illegal logging, monitoring biodiversity and tracking oil spills, Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are essential tools for delivering on the Green Deal’s ambitious environmental goals,” adds Diani.

The total indicative budget allocated for these first call proposals is EUR 32.6 million.

The second Horizon Europe call is planned to be opened for submissions in October 2022. With an overall budget of EUR 48.1 million, this second call will focus on supporting the development of innovative space-based downstream applications.

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EUSPA launched earlier in 2020 this Horizon Europe call to transform the digital economy, increase the Union’s resilience and support the Green Deal.

Save the date: EUSpace4Ukraine humanitarian help webinar on 12 April

31.3.2022 12:58  
Data from the EU Space Programme are provided freely to users around the globe.
Published: 
31 March 2022

EUSPA to mobilise the EU Space innovation community and provide solutions to enhance humanitarian support to those fleeing the war.

The European Union, its Member States, and Europeans across the continent have joined efforts to support people fleeing the devastating war. EUSPA is mobilizing the EU Space innovation community who can provide solutions to enhance humanitarian support. We are creating a platform to match the innovators with the NGOs and other helpers.

If you are a start-up, an innovator, an NGO or a helper providing humanitarian support for Ukraine, save the date for our webinar on 12 April - 10:00 am - 11:00 am, to discover how you can be part of the platform and the upcoming opportunities!

Register here.

Meanwhile, EUSPA, being a user-oriented agency is currently setting up a first version of the platform grouping applications and solutions that leverage freely accessible data of Galileo and Copernicus to enhance humanitarian support for Ukraine people. In the webinar you will discover how to contribute to growing this first platform.

The applications/solutions will cover a wide range of uses, from supporting NGOs delivering medical goods via drones to practical solutions to support the integration in EU countries of people fleeing the war.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Data from the EU Space Programme are provided freely to users around the globe.

Save the date: EUSpace4Ukraine humanitarian help webinar on 12 April

31.3.2022 12:58  
Data from the EU Space Programme are provided freely to users around the globe.

The European Union, its Member States, and Europeans across the continent have joined efforts to support Ukrainians fleeing the devastating war. EUSPA is mobilizing the EU Space innovation community who can provide solutions to enhance humanitarian support for Ukraine people. We are creating a platform to match the innovators with the NGOs and other helpers.

If you are a start-up, an innovator, an NGO or a helper providing humanitarian support for Ukraine, save the date for our webinar on 12 April - 10:00 am - 11:00 am, to discover how you can be part of the platform and the upcoming opportunities!

Register here.

Meanwhile, EUSPA, being a user-oriented agency is currently setting up a first version of the platform grouping applications and solutions that leverage freely accessible data of Galileo and Copernicus to enhance humanitarian support for Ukraine people. In the webinar you will discover how to contribute to growing this first platform.

The applications/solutions will cover a wide range of uses, from supporting NGOs delivering medical goods via drones to practical solutions to support the integration in EU countries of people fleeing the war.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Data from the EU Space Programme are provided freely to users around the globe.

Save the date: EUSpace4Ukraine humanitarian help webinar on 12 April

31.3.2022 12:58  
Published: 
31 March 2022

The European Union, its Member States, and Europeans across the continent have joined efforts to support Ukrainians fleeing the devastating war. EUSPA is mobilizing the EU Space innovation community who can provide solutions to enhance humanitarian support for Ukraine people. We are creating a platform to match the innovators with the NGOs and other helpers.

If you are a start-up, an innovator, an NGO or a helper providing humanitarian support for Ukraine, save the date for our webinar on 12 April - 10:00 am - 11:00 am, to discover how you can be part of the platform and the upcoming opportunities!

Register here.

Meanwhile, EUSPA, being a user-oriented agency is currently setting up a first version of the platform grouping applications and solutions that leverage freely accessible data of Galileo and Copernicus to enhance humanitarian support for Ukraine people. In the webinar you will discover how to contribute to growing this first platform.

The applications/solutions will cover a wide range of uses, from supporting NGOs delivering medical goods via drones to practical solutions to support the integration in EU countries of people fleeing the war.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Data from the EU Space Programme are provided freely to users around the globe.

Save the date: EUSpace4Ukraine humanitarian help webinar on 12 April

31.3.2022 12:58  
Data from the EU Space Programme are provided freely to users around the globe.
Published: 
30 March 2022

EUSPA to mobilise the EU Space innovation community and provide solutions to enhance humanitarian support to those fleeing the war.

The European Union, its Member States, and Europeans across the continent have joined efforts to support people fleeing the devastating war. EUSPA is mobilizing the EU Space innovation community who can provide solutions to enhance humanitarian support. We are creating a platform to match the innovators with the NGOs and other helpers.

If you are a start-up, an innovator, an NGO or a helper providing humanitarian support for Ukraine, save the date for our webinar on 12 April - 10:00 am - 11:00 am, to discover how you can be part of the platform and the upcoming opportunities!

Register here.

Meanwhile, EUSPA, being a user-oriented agency is currently setting up a first version of the platform grouping applications and solutions that leverage freely accessible data of Galileo and Copernicus to enhance humanitarian support for Ukraine people. In the webinar you will discover how to contribute to growing this first platform.

The applications/solutions will cover a wide range of uses, from supporting NGOs delivering medical goods via drones to practical solutions to support the integration in EU countries of people fleeing the war.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Data from the EU Space Programme are provided freely to users around the globe.

Save the date: EUSpace4Ukraine humanitarian help webinar on 12 April

31.3.2022 12:58  
Data from the EU Space Programme are provided freely to users around the globe.
Published: 
31 March 2022

EUSPA to mobilise the EU Space innovation community and provide solutions to enhance humanitarian support for the Ukrainian people.

The European Union, its Member States, and Europeans across the continent have joined efforts to support Ukrainians fleeing the devastating war. EUSPA is mobilizing the EU Space innovation community who can provide solutions to enhance humanitarian support for Ukraine people. We are creating a platform to match the innovators with the NGOs and other helpers.

If you are a start-up, an innovator, an NGO or a helper providing humanitarian support for Ukraine, save the date for our webinar on 12 April - 10:00 am - 11:00 am, to discover how you can be part of the platform and the upcoming opportunities!

Register here.

Meanwhile, EUSPA, being a user-oriented agency is currently setting up a first version of the platform grouping applications and solutions that leverage freely accessible data of Galileo and Copernicus to enhance humanitarian support for Ukraine people. In the webinar you will discover how to contribute to growing this first platform.

The applications/solutions will cover a wide range of uses, from supporting NGOs delivering medical goods via drones to practical solutions to support the integration in EU countries of people fleeing the war.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Data from the EU Space Programme are provided freely to users around the globe.

Save the date: EUSpace4Ukraine humanitarian help webinar on 12 April

31.3.2022 12:58  
Data from the EU Space Programme are provided freely to users around the globe.
Published: 
31 March 2022

EUSPA to mobilise the EU Space innovation community and provide solutions to enhance humanitarian support for the Ukrainian people.

The European Union, its Member States, and Europeans across the continent have joined efforts to support Ukrainians fleeing the devastating war. EUSPA is mobilizing the EU Space innovation community who can provide solutions to enhance humanitarian support for Ukraine people. We are creating a platform to match the innovators with the NGOs and other helpers.

If you are a start-up, an innovator, an NGO or a helper providing humanitarian support for Ukraine, save the date for our webinar on 12 April - 10:00 am - 11:00 am, to discover how you can be part of the platform and the upcoming opportunities!

Register here.

Meanwhile, EUSPA, being a user-oriented agency is currently setting up a first version of the platform grouping applications and solutions that leverage freely accessible data of Galileo and Copernicus to enhance humanitarian support for Ukraine people. In the webinar you will discover how to contribute to growing this first platform.

The applications/solutions will cover a wide range of uses, from supporting NGOs delivering medical goods via drones to practical solutions to support the integration in EU countries of people fleeing the war.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Data from the EU Space Programme are provided freely to users around the globe.

Save the date: EUSpace4Ukraine humanitarian help webinar on 12 April

31.3.2022 12:58  
Data from the EU Space Programme are provided freely to users around the globe.
Published: 
31 March 2022

EUSPA to mobilise the EU Space innovation community and provide solutions to enhance humanitarian support for the Ukrainian people.

The European Union, its Member States, and Europeans across the continent have joined efforts to support Ukrainians fleeing the devastating war. EUSPA is mobilizing the EU Space innovation community who can provide solutions to enhance humanitarian support for Ukrainian people. We are creating a platform to match the innovators with the NGOs and other helpers.

If you are a start-up, an innovator, an NGO or a helper providing humanitarian support for Ukraine, save the date for our webinar on 12 April - 10:00 am - 11:00 am, to discover how you can be part of the platform and the upcoming opportunities!

Register here.

Meanwhile, EUSPA, being a user-oriented agency is currently setting up a first version of the platform grouping applications and solutions that leverage freely accessible data of Galileo and Copernicus to enhance humanitarian support for Ukraine people. In the webinar you will discover how to contribute to growing this first platform.

The applications/solutions will cover a wide range of uses, from supporting NGOs delivering medical goods via drones to practical solutions to support the integration in EU countries of people fleeing the war.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Data from the EU Space Programme are provided freely to users around the globe.

Deadline for Galileo Reference Centre procurement approaching

23.3.2022 12:02  
The deadline for the procurement on “GRC Infrastructure evolution, nominal operations support, and maintenance’’ is on April 11 23:59 CET.
Published: 
23 March 2022

Located in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, the Galileo Reference Centre (GRC) is a cornerstone of the Galileo service provision. From Initial Services to full operational capability and beyond, it provides EUSPA with an independent service facility to evaluate the quality of the signals in space and the overall performance of the different Galileo services. In doing so, it helps the EUSPA ensure the delivery of world-class navigation services so users can better rely on and benefit from Galileo. EUSPA is responsible for the management of the GRC, including its development and operations. The GRC helps ensure that Galileo users are provided with very high-quality signals for use by an array of the new navigation applications, but it also monitors, where feasible, other GNSSs.

Read this: The Galileo Reference Centre evolves to support the constellation’s growing needs (europa.eu)

The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) published a procurement on the “GRC Nominal Operations Support, Infrastructure Development, Evolution, and Maintenance”. To encourage large participation, EUSPA held a workshop to present the details of the call on 10 March 2022. Presentations delivered during this workshop are available here.

Q&A followed the presentation during this successful workshop. The questions and our answers can be found here.

With this procurement, EUSPA is looking for partners to provide services and supplies to support the agency in shaping the future versions of the GRC infrastructure to support the evolutions of several GNSS services.

Application deadline is on April 11 2022 at 23:59 CET.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The deadline for the procurement on “GRC Infrastructure evolution, nominal operations support, and maintenance’’ is on April 11 23:59 CET.

The world has a water problem, and space may have a solution

22.3.2022 13:50  
Both Copernicus, for EO, and Galileo, for GNSS, are also being used to support Europe’s growing aquaculture sector.
Published: 
22 March 2022

The world has a water problem. At present, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) there are 785 million people who lack access to clean water – that’s one in every 10 people on the planet. But the problem goes well beyond the water we drink; it also affects the food we eat. For example, water scarcity, due in part to the increase in droughts caused by climate change, means farmers have less water to grow their crops with.

In parallel, people are increasingly looking to our oceans, lakes and rivers for food – a shift that causes another problem: overfishing. According to some estimates, nearly 30% of all commercially fished species are now considered to be overfished. In the Mediterranean and Black seas, that number is closer to 88%.

With climate change set to exacerbate the water crisis, there’s an urgent need for new solutions.

Two of those solutions are Earth Observation (EO) and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).

Go fish

According to the latest edition of the EUSPA EO and GNSS Market Report, Earth Observation is already being used to assess the location of fish stocks, while GNSS is used to track the location of vessels in an effort to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing – an important component of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). 

Both Copernicus, for EO, and Galileo, for GNSS, are also being used to support Europe’s growing aquaculture sector. For instance, by providing information and data on environmental conditions and long-term weather forecasts, EO-based applications play a key role in selecting ideal locations to establish aquafarms. Once the aquafarm is up and running, Copernicus, together with Galileo, is used to optimise operations and provide aquafarmers with a wide range of insight and information.

Keeping an eye on our oceans’ health

While sustainable fisheries and aquaculture are important to securing food production, and are key components to the European Union’s Green Deal, they both depend on having healthy oceans. Here too, GNSS and especially EO play an important role.

Oceans, which account for about 71% of the Earth’s surface, are at the centre of climate change. That’s because oceans act as a natural carbon sink, essentially absorbing much of the carbon being emitted into the atmosphere. As the oceans absorb more carbon, their temperatures go up, which can lead to a whole host of problems, including rising sea levels, changes in fish migration, the killing of coral reefs and alterations to the world’s climate patterns.

To mitigate these issues, the Copernicus Marine and Climate Change Services monitor a number of key climate indicators, such as sea level, temperature, currents and salinity. This data can then be used to drive global climate policy decisions.

 Phytoplankton are microscopic plants that grow in the sunlit surface waters of the ocean. When their concentration reaches a certain level, the bloom becomes visible from space.

Phytoplankton are microscopic plants that grow in the sunlit surface waters of the ocean. When their concentration reaches a certain level, the bloom becomes visible from space.

For freshwater too

EO’s usefulness doesn’t stop with salt water, it’s being used to monitor the quality of freshwater sources too. Today, scientists and policymakers regularly use data coming from Copernicus satellites to, for example, measure water surface temperature, which can tell us a lot about a lake or river’s overall health.

This same data can be used to track how rising global temperatures and more extreme weather events increase a body of water’s acidity, cause a build-up of pathogens, and change its nutrient concentration. And because quality freshwater is essential to drinking water, this same data can play a key role in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring access to water and sanitation for all

So on this World Water Day, as you’re enjoying a fresh glass of H2O, be sure to look up and remember how space-based solutions are working to ensure the healthy climate, healthy oceans, and healthy freshwater systems that make our water sustainable, safe and sanitary.

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Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (https://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Both Copernicus, for EO, and Galileo, for GNSS, are also being used to support Europe’s growing aquaculture sector.

The world has a water problem, and space may have a solution

22.3.2022 13:50  
Both Copernicus, for EO, and Galileo, for GNSS, are also being used to support Europe’s growing aquaculture sector.
Published: 
22 March 2022

The world has a water problem. At present, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) there are 785 million people who lack access to clean water – that’s one in every 10 people on the planet. But the problem goes well beyond the water we drink; it also affects the food we eat. For example, water scarcity, due in part to the increase in droughts caused by climate change, means farmers have less water to grow their crops with.

In parallel, people are increasingly looking to our oceans, lakes and rivers for food – a shift that causes another problem: overfishing. According to some estimates, nearly 30% of all commercially fished species are now considered to be overfished. In the Mediterranean and Black seas, that number is closer to 88%.

With climate change set to exacerbate the water crisis, there’s an urgent need for new solutions.

Two of those solutions are Earth Observation (EO) and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).

Go fish

According to the latest edition of the EUSPA EO and GNSS Market Report, Earth Observation is already being used to assess the location of fish stocks and to track the location of vessels in an effort to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing – an important component of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). 

Both Copernicus, for EO, and Galileo, for GNSS, are also being used to support Europe’s growing aquaculture sector. For instance, by providing information and data on environmental conditions and long-term weather forecasts, EO-based applications play a key role in selecting ideal locations to establish aquafarms. Once the aquafarm is up and running, Copernicus, together with Galileo, is used to optimise operations and provide aquafarmers with a wide range of insight and information.

Keeping an eye on our oceans’ health

While sustainable fisheries and aquaculture are important to securing food production, and are key components to the European Union’s Green Deal, they both depend on having healthy oceans. Here too, GNSS and especially EO play an important role.

Oceans, which account for about 71% of the Earth’s surface, are at the centre of climate change. That’s because oceans act as a natural carbon sink, essentially absorbing much of the carbon being emitted into the atmosphere. As the oceans absorb more carbon, their temperatures go up, which can lead to a whole host of problems, including rising sea levels, changes in fish migration, the killing of coral reefs and alterations to the world’s climate patterns.

To mitigate these issues, the Copernicus Marine and Climate Change Services monitor a number of key climate indicators, such as sea level, temperature, currents and salinity. This data can then be used to drive global climate policy decisions.

 Phytoplankton are microscopic plants that grow in the sunlit surface waters of the ocean. When their concentration reaches a certain level, the bloom becomes visible from space.

Phytoplankton are microscopic plants that grow in the sunlit surface waters of the ocean. When their concentration reaches a certain level, the bloom becomes visible from space.

For freshwater too

EO’s usefulness doesn’t stop with salt water, it’s being used to monitor the quality of freshwater sources too. Today, scientists and policymakers regularly use data coming from Copernicus satellites to, for example, measure water surface temperature, which can tell us a lot about a lake or river’s overall health.

This same data can be used to track how rising global temperatures and more extreme weather events increase a body of water’s acidity, cause a build-up of pathogens, and change its nutrient concentration. And because quality freshwater is essential to drinking water, this same data can play a key role in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring access to water and sanitation for all

So on this World Water Day, as you’re enjoying a fresh glass of H2O, be sure to look up and remember how space-based solutions are working to ensure the healthy climate, healthy oceans, and healthy freshwater systems that make our water sustainable, safe and sanitary.

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Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (https://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Both Copernicus, for EO, and Galileo, for GNSS, are also being used to support Europe’s growing aquaculture sector.

The best time to invest in space – EUSPA launches info session for fund managers

18.3.2022 16:21  
The event will be held live at EUSPA’s headquarters in Prague, as well as online. Attendance is free, but registration is required.
Published: 
18 March 2022

The best time to invest in space – EUSPA launches info session for fund managers.

According to the latest edition of the EUSPA EO and GNSS Market Report, in 2021, the GNSS and Earth Observation downstream market generated over EUR 200 billion in revenue.

What’s more, this market is expected to reach nearly half a trillion euros within the next decade. Add this up and what you have is a very lucrative investment opportunity.

But to take advantage of this opportunity, you need the right information and the right market intelligence – which is exactly what the Space Investments Capacity Building Programme is set to provide.

Organised by the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), in collaboration with the European Commission, European Space Agency (ESA) and European Investment Fund (EIF), this series of five workshops is designed to provide venture capitalists, fund managers and other investors with in-depth information on the space sector, including:

  • Results from the latest European space market and investment studies
  • Advice from the EIF on fund setup, investment strategy and building an investment team
  • A platform to discuss business models and best practices
  • Opportunities to network with other fund managers
  • Details on the European Commission’s EUR 1 billion CASSINI Facility, an InvestEU initiative offering capital for establishing space-focused investment funds

The first workshop, scheduled for 28 March 2022 from 14:00 – 17:00 CET, will focus on how EU space technology – including Galileo and Copernicus – can be used to support the construction sector, optimise the green transformation and maintain critical infrastructure.

If you want to become an active investor in this exciting field or simply want to gather more information before deciding to raise a new fund, then this capacity building programme is for you”, says Fiammetta Diani, EUSPA Head of Market Downstream and Innovation.

The event will be held live at EUSPA’s headquarters in Prague, as well as online. Attendance is free, but registration is required. For participants able to attend physically in Prague, please send an email to market@euspa.europa.eu to secure your place in the venue. Questions related to the workshop series or requests for additional information can be directed to this email address as well.

Mark Your Calendars: Space Investments Capacity Building Programme 2022

  • Episode 1: Infrastructure lifecycle support from space, EUSPA, Prague, Monday 28 March 2022
  • Episode 2: Security and defence (in and from space), COM, Brussels, Monday 2 May 2022
  • Episode 3: Consumer space solutions: well-being, education and entertainment, EUSPA, Prague, Monday 23 May 2022
  • Episode 4: Access to space (launchers, ground systems, modular technology, etc), ESA, Paris, Tuesday 7 June 2022
  • Episode 5: Fund setup, investment strategy, investment team, exit strategy, EIF, Luxemburg, Monday 27 June 2022

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The event will be held live at EUSPA’s headquarters in Prague, as well as online. Attendance is free, but registration is required.

The best time to invest in space – EUSPA launches info session for fund managers

18.3.2022 16:21  
The event will be held live at EUSPA’s headquarters in Prague, as well as online. Attendance is free, but registration is required.
Published: 
18 March 2022

The best time to invest in space – EUSPA launches info session for fund managers.

According to the latest edition of the EUSPA EO and GNSS Market Report, in 2021, the GNSS and Earth Observation downstream market generated over EUR 200 billion in revenue.

What’s more, this market is expected to reach nearly half a trillion euros within the next decade. Add this up and what you have is a very lucrative investment opportunity.

But to take advantage of this opportunity, you need the right information and the right market intelligence – which is exactly what the Space Investments Capacity Building Programme is set to provide.

Organised by the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), in collaboration with the European Commission, European Space Agency (ESA) and European Investment Fund (EIF), this series of five workshops is designed to provide venture capitalists, fund managers and other investors with in-depth information on the space sector, including:

  • Results from the latest European space market and investment studies
  • Advice from the EIF on fund setup, investment strategy and building an investment team
  • A platform to discuss business models and best practices
  • Opportunities to network with other fund managers
  • Details on the European Commission’s EUR 1 billion CASSINI Facility, an InvestEU initiative offering capital for establishing space-focused investment funds

The first workshop, scheduled for 28 March 2022 from 14:00 – 17:00 CET, will focus on how EU space technology – including Galileo and Copernicus – can be used to support the construction sector, optimise the green transformation and maintain critical infrastructure.

If you want to become an active investor in this exciting field or simply want to gather more information before deciding to raise a new fund, then this capacity building programme is for you”, says Fiammetta Diani, EUSPA Head of Market Downstream and Innovation.

The event will be held live at EUSPA’s headquarters in Prague, as well as online. Attendance is free, but registration is required. For participants able to attend physically in Prague, please send an email to market@euspa.europa.eu to secure your place in the venue. Questions related to the workshop series or requests for additional information can be directed to this email address as well.

Mark Your Calendars: Space Investments Capacity Building Programme 2022

  • Episode 1: Infrastructure lifecycle support from space, EUSPA, Prague, Monday 28 March 2022
  • Episode 2: Security and defence (in and from space), COM, Brussels, Monday 2 May 2022
  • Episode 3: Consumer space solutions: well-being, education and entertainment, EUSPA, Prague, Monday 23 May 2022
  • Episode 4: Access to space (launchers, ground systems, modular technology, etc), ESA, Paris, Tuesday 7 June 2022
  • Episode 5: Fund setup, investment strategy, investment team, exit strategy, EIF, Luxemburg, Monday 27 June 2022

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The event will be held live at EUSPA’s headquarters in Prague, as well as online. Attendance is free, but registration is required.

BroadGNSS Request for Tender now open, deadline is 2 May 2022

18.3.2022 11:57  
BroadGNSS is a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project which will procure Innovation activity for Applications, Synchronisation and Monitoring of Critical Mobile Broadband Communication Infrastructure and Information Assets for Public Protection and Disaster Recovery (PPDR) Operations.
Published: 
18 March 2022

BroadGNSS, the Pre-Commercial Procurement action funded by the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), moves into the Request for Tender phase.

Launched in December 2020, the EUSPA-funded BroadGNSS  project has dedicated EUR 2.5 million for the pre-commercial procurement (PCP) of innovative solutions that use European GNSS (EGNSS) to improve public safety and disaster relief services.

As the Contract Notice has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), BroadGNSS now moves into the Request for Tender (RFT) phase.

Download: BroadGNSS RFT documents (available in English and French)

With the 2 May 2022 deadline fast approaching, the project recently held informational briefings. The events focused on preparing and submitting the tender, along with providing an overview of how received tenders will be evaluated.

Anyone considering submitting a tender should be sure to add their company name to the BroadGNSS Partnering Tool. This tool is a convenient way for potential consortium members to share information on both the expertise they offer and the expertise they require.

Once registered, you can start browsing other listed companies. When you see a company that you want to contact, simply send a message via the Contact Page specifying the name of the company you want to contact. You will receive the requested information within two business days.

A maximum of 10 (and a minimum of four) suppliers/supply teams will be selected based on the evaluation of the tenders to be submitted by the 2nd of May 2022, with a joint framework agreement and contract for the Design Phase to follow.

The Contract Notice can be viewed in full on TED.

More details on the PCP process can be found here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

BroadGNSS is a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project which will procure Innovation activity for Applications, Synchronisation and Monitoring of Critical Mobile Broadband Communication Infrastructure and Information Assets for Public Protection and Disa

BroadGNSS Request for Tender now open, deadline is 2 May 2022

18.3.2022 11:57  
BroadGNSS is a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project which will procure Innovation activity for Applications, Synchronisation and Monitoring of Critical Mobile Broadband Communication Infrastructure and Information Assets for Public Protection and Disaster Recovery (PPDR) Operations.
Published: 
18 March 2022

BroadGNSS, the Pre-Commercial Procurement action funded by the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), moves into the Request for Tender phase.

Launched in December 2020, the EUSPA-funded BroadGNSS  project has dedicated EUR 2.5 million for the pre-commercial procurement (PCP) of innovative solutions that use European GNSS (EGNSS) to improve public safety and disaster relief services.

As the Contract Notice has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), BroadGNSS now moves into the Request for Tender (RFT) phase.

Download: BroadGNSS RFT documents (available in English and French)

With the 2 May 2022 deadline fast approaching, the project recently held informational briefings. The events focused on preparing and submitting the tender, along with providing an overview of how received tenders will be evaluated.

Anyone considering submitting a tender should be sure to add their company name to the BroadGNSS Partnering Tool. This tool is a convenient way for potential consortium members to share information on both the expertise they offer and the expertise they require.

Once registered, you can start browsing other listed companies. When you see a company that you want to contact, simply send a message via the Contact Page specifying the name of the company you want to contact. You will receive the requested information within two business days.

A maximum of 10 (and a minimum of four) suppliers/supply teams will be selected based on the evaluation of the tenders to be submitted by the 2nd of May 2022, with a joint framework agreement and contract for the Design Phase to follow.

The Contract Notice can be viewed in full on TED.

More details on the PCP process can be found here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

BroadGNSS will procure Innovation activity for Applications, Synchronisation & Monitoring of Critical Mobile Broadband Communication Infrastructure & Information Assets for Public Protection & Disaster Recovery Operations

BroadGNSS Request for Tender now open, deadline is 2 May 2022

18.3.2022 11:57  
BroadGNSS is a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project which will procure Innovation activity for Applications, Synchronisation and Monitoring of Critical Mobile Broadband Communication Infrastructure and Information Assets for Public Protection and Disaster Recovery (PPDR) Operations.
Published: 
18 March 2022

BroadGNSS, the Pre-Commercial Procurement action funded by the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), moves into the Request for Tender phase.

Launched in December 2020, the EUSPA-funded BroadGNSS  project dedicates EUR 2.1 million for the pre-commercial procurement (PCP) of innovative solutions that use European GNSS (EGNSS) to improve public safety and disaster relief services.

BroadGNSS now moves into the Request for Tender (RFT) phase.

Download: BroadGNSS RFT documents (available in English and French)

With the 2 May 2022 deadline fast approaching for the submission of tenders, the project recently held informational briefings. The events focused on preparing and submitting the tender, along with providing an overview of how received tenders will be evaluated.

The project puts also at your disposal the BroadGNSS Partnering Tool. This tool is a convenient way for companies to share information on both the expertise they offer and the expertise they require to build up consortia.

The Group of Procurers will then evaluate the tenders submitted and a maximum of 10 (and a minimum of four) suppliers/supply teams will be selected.

The Contract Notice can be viewed in full on TED.

To submit your tender: https://www.marches-publics.gouv.fr/app.php/entreprise/consultation/1973325?orgAcronyme=g6l.

More details on the PCP process can be found here.

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BroadGNSS will procure Innovation activity for Applications, Synchronisation & Monitoring of Critical Mobile Broadband Communication Infrastructure & Information Assets for Public Protection & Disaster Recovery Operations

Investing in GNSS is key to European competitiveness

17.3.2022 17:03  
The report sets out recommendations to support the EU’s future competitiveness in the GNSS downstream market. These recommendations include the need to mobilise significant investment envelopes through tailored instruments, supported by technical capacity building activities towards fund managers
Published: 
17 March 2022

Through investment opportunities, market intelligence and business support, EUSPA plays an important role in ensuring Europe keeps its competitive position in the fast-growing, global GNSS downstream market. 

With an approximate 25% market share, Europe currently enjoys a strong position within the global GNSS downstream market – a market that is forecasted to see revenues reach EUR 220 billion this year and up to EUR 510 billion by 2032. 

The GNSS downstream market includes any application, device or service where GNSS based positioning, navigation and/or timing is a significant enabler or key to the application’s functionality. While the location based services (LBS) and road segments dominate in terms of total revenues earned, European GNSS (EGNSS) also plays a major role in the aviation, rail, maritime, agriculture, mapping and surveying and timing and synchronisation market segments.  

Europe performs particularly well in the road, maritime and agricultural sectors. In fact, several European companies are global leaders in the manufacturing of GNSS components and receivers for road and maritime applications and the development of the system integrators used by the agricultural industry. 

However, European companies tend to lag in such fast-growing sectors as consumer solutions and drones. According to the recently published GNSS Investment Report, this, combined with increased, across-the-board competition from the downstream GNSS market, could chip away at Europe’s market share and future competitiveness.    

 “It is more important than ever that Europe keep on top of GNSS market trends by seeking more funds, developing strategic oversight and promoting risk-taking,” said Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director of the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). 

Da Costa made his remarks during the GNSS Investment Day event, which was co-organised by EUSPA and the European Investment Bank (EIB). The two organisations also co-authored the GNSS Investment Report, which was officially launched at the event. 

The report, the first of its kind, quantifies the investment needs of major companies and looks at the impact the acquisition of EU companies by foreign investors has on Europe’s overall competitiveness. The study also examines the full innovation ecosystem, exploring the funding and support gaps that EU GNSS start-ups and companies face.  

According to da Costa, EUSPA is leading the way in filling some of these gaps. For instance, in addition to providing numerous funding opportunities – including Horizon Calls and innovation competitions – EUSPA is constantly helping European companies best leverage EGNSS data, information and services.  

EUSPA is also a leading source of critical market intelligence. For example, the EUSPA EO and GNSS Market Report offers in-depth analyses of the latest global trends and developments through illustrated examples and use cases. Discover other EUSPA reports and publications.

“As the go-to-source for all things EGNSS, EUSPA is well positioned to be the single point of information, expertise and market intelligence that companies from across Europe can depend on when integrating European space solutions into their business solutions,” said da Costa. 

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The report sets out recommendations to support the EU’s future competitiveness in the GNSS downstream market.

CASSINI Hackathon VOL 3: (Re)Visit Europe with help from the EU Space Programme

15.3.2022 13:18  
The #myEUSpace competition is part of the of the European Commission’s CASSINI initiative to support entrepreneurship in space-related businesses across the EU
Published: 
15 March 2022

The CASSINI Hackathons and Mentoring, initiated by the European Union is a series of six hackathons aimed to tackle global challenges using services and data from the EU Space Programme. In its third edition, this hackathon provides access to European space data and services from Copernicus, Galileo, and EGNOS to help participants take on various challenges and uplift Europe’s tourism industry. 

Europe’s tourism industry is bursting with potential. In the last four years alone, the continent has welcomed over 2 billion global tourists, providing a primary source of income for European economies. 

From the medieval streets of Prague and the beaches of Barcelona to the modern skyline of Oslo, Europe truly holds something for everyone. Because of this, the 3rd CASSINI Hackathon will focus on preserving these unforgettable destinations and how we access them. You will be challenged to develop ideas that support sustainable travel, enhance the experience in local cities and cultures, and promote thoughtful exploration of Europe’s nature.

The top ideas will be awarded at both local and EU levels, and the overall winners will enter a six-month mentoring programme that includes 100 hours of customised expert mentoring.

What’s the plat du jour? 

If you are a rising innovator in Europe, you are invited to participate in the CASSINI Hackathon at one of our ten locations. Each hackathon location features its own unique set of experts, prizes, and additional special features. Once you select a location, it’s time for registration, team formation and ideation! 

Your team will choose to solve one of three challenges, all related to the theme of European tourism:

  1. Creating sustainable destinations: Develop innovative ideas, design new products or services that reduce the carbon footprint of tourism travel. For this challenge, participants are encouraged to explore the areas of carbon footprint measurement, alternative destinations or modes of transport, online travel agents and other intermediaries, disruptive travel concepts, and understanding travel patterns between cities or countries.
  2. Experiencing lesser-known cities and cultures: Develop innovative ideas or design new products or services to offer travellers a unique and sustainable way to experience local destinations while supporting local businesses and communities. For this challenge, participants are encouraged to explore the areas of crowd management and slow tourism, personal recommendations and itineraries, social recognition and social media, state-of-the-art virtual travel experiences, and supporting local businesses and communities.
  3. Exploring nature with care: Develop innovative ideas or design new products or services to offer tourists a unique and sustainable opportunity to explore our nature. For this challenge, participants are encouraged to explore the areas of conservation of local nature and biodiversity, social recognition, and social media, supporting local businesses and communities, the generation of (new) routes and points of interest, and tourist information about the environmental state of areas.

Remember, no previous space experience is required! This is your chance to engage with the EUSpace sectors even if it’s for the first time. The application process couldn’t be easier: Simply choose a challenge and decide how you’ll leverage EU space technologies to reshape European tourism. Register here: hackathons.cassini.eu 

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The #myEUSpace competition is part of the of the European Commission’s CASSINI initiative to support entrepreneurship in space-related businesses across the EU

43 innovative space-based solutions shortlisted in the #myEUspace competition

11.3.2022 13:03  
With a prize pool of € 1 million and over 50 awards up for grabs, #myEUspace competition - part of the European Commission Cassini initiative will help innovators develop and market  disruptive, space-based commercial solutions to respond to emerging societal needs!
Published: 
28 March 2022

With over EUR 1 million in prize money on the line, #myEUspace is one of the biggest competitions ever organised by EUSPA

The #myEUspace competition supports the development of innovative commercial applications that leverage data coming from the EU Space Programme. To get there, it’s put over EUR 1 million in prize money on the table, and the best of the opportunities to create successful start-ups on the European market.

Targets and tracks 

Applicants could choose to compete in one of two tracks, depending on the maturity of their solution. Track 1 focused on taking an idea to prototype or beta version, whilst Track 2 was for advancing prototypes/beta versions towards commercial readiness. The #myEUspace competition called for ideas on a number of thematic topics to support innovation on Europe. The 6 targeted areas of innovation included:   

smart mobility solutions 

consumer solutions for health, gaming, sports, leisure, tourism and everyday life.

solutions addressing environmental challenges, 

surveying solutions to shape the future of geomatics 

solutions that manage the variability of agricultural production  

and finally, innovative solutions applying quantum technologies 

Now, after receiving more than 200 applications the results are finally in. 43 projects have been selected for their potential to bring disruptive, space-based solutions onto the European market. 

The shortlisted teams are working on a range of novel solutions, new technologies, mobile apps and hardware. While the solutions cover such diverse sectors as location-based services, smart mobility, geomatics and smart agriculture, they all share a foundation in their use of Galileo or Copernicus data as well as their synergies between the two space programme components.

“Space data is at the heart of the technological revolution currently sweeping Europe, and this competition is another example of how EUSPA supports innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs from across the EU who are leveraging Copernicus and Galileo data, information and services,” says Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director, European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). 

Click here to see the 43 semi-finalists

On to the development phase 

The 23 teams selected from Track 1 each received EUR 10,000, while the 20 Track 2 teams were awarded EUR 15,000. All teams will use the funding to continue developing their prototype or product. The 43 projects now advance into the development phase of the competition, where they will fine-tune their prototypes and products and refine their business plans. This intense nine-week phase culminates at the #myEUspace contest finals on 1 June.

During the finals, each team will have the opportunity to pitch and demonstrate their solution to invited guests. The winners of each innovation area will win an additional prize of EUR 25,000 and EUR 50,000 in Track 1 and Track 2 respectively.

#myEUspace is organised by EUSPA as part of the European Commission’s CASSINI - Space Entrepreneurship Initiative.   

Good luck to all the #myEUspace finalists!

 

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With a prize pool of € 1 million and over 50 awards up for grabs, #myEUspace competition - part of the European Commission Cassini initiative will help innovators develop and market disruptive, space-based commercial solutions to respond to emerging soci

European space technology key to achieving a more sustainable future

9.3.2022 16:02  
In addition to joint studies, EUSPA and UNOOSA will coordinate to conduct pilot projects, facilitate knowledge sharing and education on the EU Space Programme, and foster a space economy that best supports the UN SDGs.
Published: 
09 March 2022

The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOSSA) team up to leverage space technology.

Most are familiar with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the collection of 17 goals designed to serve as a blueprint for achieving a better, more sustainable future for everyone. But did you know that achieving these goals depends in part on the use of European space technologies?

That’s the conclusion reached by a joint report authored by the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). “Galileo and EGNOS determine a precise position anytime, anywhere and Copernicus provides information on the Earth’s surface, atmosphere and oceans,” says EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “However, the joint use of these programmes unleashes an array of synergies that can have a substantial impact.”

“Together, Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus deliver key information supporting the selection of the best location for infrastructures, implement the most fuel-efficient flight paths, monitor CO2 emissions, design efficient and autonomous transportation networks and increase agricultural yields to sustainably feed a growing population, to name just a few examples,” adds UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo. 

In other words, when it comes to determining how to best meet the UN SDGs, the answer can often be found in space. 

International collaboration on global goals 

Recognising the essential role that Earth Observation and European navigation and positioning services play in supporting sustainable development, and with the goal of leveraging their many benefits, EUSPA and UNOOSA have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

“I sign this MoU with great pride and excitement as UNOOSA is expanding its long-term cooperation with one of the leading space entities. The space sector in the European Union is strong and I look forward to working with EUSPA in extending our support to all Member States of our organisations. Space assets are transformative tools for achieving sustainable socio-economic development and together we aspire to tap into their full potential to ensure their benefits reach everyone, everywhere.” 

EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa, emphasized: “The collaboration between EUSPA and UNOOSA is further reinforced with this MoU, and fully aligned with our agency's commitment to contribute to the delivery of the EU priorities such as the EU Green Deal. Space data and services are more crucial than ever, and we will explore how synergies between satellite navigation systems such as Galileo, Earth observation technology such as Copernicus and satellite communication can help us address pressing societal challenges such as climate change and foster space economy.”

The MoU, which was signed on 9 March 2022, builds on the achievements of a prior MoU that the two organisations signed in 2016. Within the new MoU are provisions for conducting joint studies on the integration of not only EGNSS and Earth Observation, but also Satellite Communications and Space Situational Awareness (SSA). 

These studies will look at how the entire EU Space Programme can be used to manage natural resources and the environment, reduce the risks of disasters, develop new infrastructure and prepare the world for a growing population. 

As to the latter, EUSPA and UNOOSA are already working on a joint publication about the impact that a global population of 8 billion people will likely have on the environment, climate change, resource scarcity and urbanisation. The report, which is expected to be released later this year, will also address the role that space data and technology can play in mitigating such risks. 

In addition to the joint studies, EUSPA and UNOOSA will also coordinate to conduct pilot projects, facilitate knowledge sharing and education on the EU Space Programme, and foster a space economy that best supports the UN SDGs.  

 

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In addition to joint studies, EUSPA and UNOOSA will coordinate to conduct pilot projects, facilitate knowledge sharing and education on the EU Space Programme, and foster a space economy that best supports the UN SDGs.

European space technology key to achieving a more sustainable future

9.3.2022 16:02  
In addition to joint studies, EUSPA and UNOOSA will coordinate to conduct pilot projects, facilitate knowledge sharing and education on the EU Space Programme, and foster a space economy that best supports the UN SDGs.
Published: 
09 March 2022

The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOSSA) team up to leverage space technology.

Most are familiar with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the collection of 17 goals designed to serve as a blueprint for achieving a better, more sustainable future for everyone. But did you know that achieving these goals depends in part on the use of European space technologies?

That’s the conclusion reached by a joint report authored by the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). “Galileo and EGNOS determine a precise position anytime, anywhere and Copernicus provides information on the Earth’s surface, atmosphere and oceans,” says EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “However, the joint use of these programmes unleashes an array of synergies that can have a substantial impact.”

“Together, Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus deliver key information supporting the selection of the best location for infrastructures, implement the most fuel-efficient flight paths, monitor CO2 emissions, design efficient and autonomous transportation networks and increase agricultural yields to sustainably feed a growing population, to name just a few examples,” adds UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo. 

In other words, when it comes to determining how to best meet the UN SDGs, the answer can often be found in space. 

International collaboration on global goals 

Recognising the essential role that Earth Observation and European navigation and positioning services play in supporting sustainable development, and with the goal of leveraging their many benefits, EUSPA and UNOOSA have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

“I sign this MoU with great pride and excitement as UNOOSA is expanding its long-term cooperation with one of the leading space entities. The space sector in the European Union is strong and I look forward to working with EUSPA in extending our support to all Member States of our organisations. Space assets are transformative tools for achieving sustainable socio-economic development and together we aspire to tap into their full potential to ensure their benefits reach everyone, everywhere.” 

EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa, emphasized: “The collaboration between EUSPA and UNOOSA is further reinforced with this MoU, and fully aligned with our agency's commitment to contribute to the delivery of the EU priorities such as the EU Green Deal. Space data and services are more crucial than ever, and we will explore how synergies between satellite navigation systems such as Galileo, Earth observation technology such as Copernicus and satellite communication can help us address pressing societal challenges such as climate change and foster space economy.”

The MoU, which was signed on 9 March 2022, builds on the achievements of a prior MoU that the two organisations signed in 2016. Within the new MoU are provisions for conducting joint studies on the integration of not only EGNSS and Earth Observation, but also Satellite Communications and Space Situational Awareness (SSA). 

These studies will look at how the entire EU Space Programme can be used to manage natural resources and the environment, reduce the risks of disasters, develop new infrastructure and prepare the world for a growing population. 

As to the latter, EUSPA and UNOOSA are already working on a joint publication about the impact that a global population of 8 billion people will likely have on the environment, climate change, resource scarcity and urbanisation. The report, which is expected to be released later this year, will also address the role that space data and technology can play in mitigating such risks. 

In addition to the joint studies, EUSPA and UNOOSA will also coordinate to conduct pilot projects, facilitate knowledge sharing and education on the EU Space Programme, and foster a space economy that best supports the UN SDGs.  

 

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In addition to joint studies, EUSPA and UNOOSA will coordinate to conduct pilot projects, facilitate knowledge sharing and education on the EU Space Programme, and foster a space economy that best supports the UN SDGs.

European space technology key to achieving a more sustainable future

9.3.2022 16:02  
In addition to joint studies, EUSPA and UNOOSA will coordinate to conduct pilot projects, facilitate knowledge sharing and education on the EU Space Programme, and foster a space economy that best supports the UN SDGs.
Published: 
09 March 2022

The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOSSA) team up to leverage space technology.

Most are familiar with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the collection of 17 goals designed to serve as a blueprint for achieving a better, more sustainable future for everyone. But did you know that achieving these goals depends in part on the use of European space technologies?

That’s the conclusion reached by a joint report authored by the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). “Galileo and EGNOS determine a precise position anytime, anywhere and Copernicus provides information on the Earth’s surface, atmosphere and oceans,” says EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “However, the joint use of these programmes unleashes an array of synergies that can have a substantial impact.”

“Together, Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus deliver key information supporting the selection of the best location for infrastructures, implement the most fuel-efficient flight paths, monitor CO2 emissions, design efficient and autonomous transportation networks and increase agricultural yields to sustainably feed a growing population, to name just a few examples,” adds UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo. 

In other words, when it comes to determining how to best meet the UN SDGs, the answer can often be found in space. 

International collaboration on global goals 

Recognising the essential role that Earth Observation and European navigation and positioning services play in supporting sustainable development, and with the goal of leveraging their many benefits, EUSPA and UNOOSA have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

“I sign this MoU with great pride and excitement as UNOOSA is expanding its long-term cooperation with one of the leading space entities. The space sector in the European Union is strong and I look forward to working with EUSPA in extending our support to all Member States of our organisations. Space assets are transformative tools for achieving sustainable socio-economic development and together we aspire to tap into their full potential to ensure their benefits reach everyone, everywhere.” 

EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa, emphasized: “The collaboration between EUSPA and UNOOSA is further reinforced with this MoU, and fully aligned with our agency's commitment to contribute to the delivery of the EU priorities such as the EU Green Deal. Space data and services are more crucial than ever, and we will explore how synergies between satellite navigation systems such as Galileo, Earth observation technology such as Copernicus and satellite communication can help us address pressing societal challenges such as climate change and foster space economy.”

The MoU, which was signed on 9 March 2022, builds on the achievements of a prior MoU that the two organisations signed in 2016. Within the new MoU are provisions for conducting joint studies on the integration of not only EGNSS and Earth Observation, but also Satellite Communications and Space Situational Awareness (SSA). 

These studies will look at how the entire EU Space Programme can be used to manage natural resources and the environment, reduce the risks of disasters, develop new infrastructure and prepare the world for a growing population. 

As to the latter, EUSPA and UNOOSA are already working on a joint publication about the impact that a global population of 8 billion people will likely have on the environment, climate change, resource scarcity and urbanisation. The report, which is expected to be released later this year, will also address the role that space data and technology can play in mitigating such risks. 

In addition to the joint studies, EUSPA and UNOOSA will also coordinate to conduct pilot projects, facilitate knowledge sharing and education on the EU Space Programme, and foster a space economy that best supports the UN SDGs.  

 

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In addition to joint studies, EUSPA and UNOOSA will coordinate to conduct pilot projects, facilitate knowledge sharing and education on the EU Space Programme, and foster a space economy that best supports the UN SDGs.

Updated agreement with Czech Republic gives EUSPA space to grow

8.3.2022 11:02  
The signing ceremony was also an opportunity for Minister Kupka to discuss several future initiatives, including the Czech Republic’s upcoming EU Presidency and its hosting of the 2022 EU Space Week.
Published: 
08 March 2022

The amended agreement, which was signed during an official ceremony at EUSPA’s Prague headquarters with Czech Republic Minister of Transport Martin Kupka, gives the agency the room and tools it needs to extend.

For the past 10 years, the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA, and its predecessor GSA) has had its base in the Czech Republic. 

Since then, both the EU Space Programme and the Czech Republic’s space sector have enjoyed continuous growth and development. For example, through various grants, Horizon calls and other funding mechanisms, EUSPA has provided - among other EU Member States - EUR 2.2 million to Czech start-ups, SMEs, enterprises and research initiatives – many of which are making a substantial contribution the EU’s robust space economy. 

EUSPA took new responsibilities in the frame of the EU Space Programme, and with thus itself continues to grow. The Agency will expand to around 300 staff from EU countries by 2024, to which are added in-house consultants and service providers, working across its various sites. 

The growth is driven by the new challenges the Agency faces – including the need for more space and advanced infrastructure, which is exactly what an amended host agreement between EUSPA and the Czech Republic provides.

"We have been working with the Czech authorities since day one and our relations have been excellent,” said EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. “This amended host agreement ensures that our home here in Prague aligns with our expanded mission and facilitates the ongoing growth of the EU Space Programme."

Da Costa made his remarks during an official signing ceremony held at EUSPA headquarters with Czech Minister of Transport Martin Kupka. 

"The Czech government has been working with EUSPA to secure appropriate new premises for the agency and I believe we are well on our way to achieve this goal. Today, we are here to take a necessary step along this way, to sign an amendment to the Host Agreement, which will allow us to relocate the seat of the agency to another site in Prague," confirmed Minister Kupka.

The amended host agreement includes provisions for a new headquarters, more robust ICT capabilities and enhanced security facilities, along with additional office space to accommodate EUSPA’s forecasted growth. 

The amendment follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed by EUSPA and the Czech government in April 2021, which was subsequently approved by the EUSPA Administrative Board in October 2021. Outside these amendments, all other conditions of the host agreement remain unchanged, including the provision that EUSPA cover 25% of local commercial leasing costs.     

“Prague offers a high quality of living, access to a skilled talent pool and great connections to the rest of Europe, making it a truly European city fit to host an EU agency,” added da Costa. “We look forward to developing our presence in continuing to call this vibrant city home and, together with the Ministry of Transport, contributing to growing the EU Space Programme and the European space economy.”   

The signing ceremony was also an opportunity for Minister Kupka to discuss several future initiatives, including the Czech Republic’s upcoming EU Presidency and its hosting of the 2022 EU Space Week.

In addition to its Prague headquarters, EUSPA has operations in France, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Belgium. 

 

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The signing ceremony was also an opportunity for Minister Kupka to discuss several future initiatives, including the Czech Republic’s upcoming EU Presidency and its hosting of the 2022 EU Space Week.

EUSPA welcomes ITRE committee members to its Prague headquarters

23.2.2022 17:21  
The ITRE Committee legislates on important policy areas of the European Union, such as industrial policy, EU research, and innovation policy, space policy, energy policy, and the application of new technologies.
Published: 
23 February 2022

The visit was an opportunity for EUSPA to highlight the many synergies between EGNSS and Copernicus, and how these synergies benefit EU businesses and citizens.

On 23 February, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) welcomed representatives from the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) to its Prague headquarters. The committee representatives were also joined by European Commission representatives for a full schedule of presentations, demonstrations and discussions.

The visit, the first since the new regulation on the EU Space Programme came into effect, was an opportunity for committee members and representatives to get a close-up look at how Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus support many of the activities and services that fall within the committee’s portfolio of responsibilities.   

“As custodians of the EU space policy, it’s crucial that the ITRE Committee continues to foster a strong partnership and collaboration with EUSPA’s team, who enable the policy to excel both here on earth and in space. We’re looking forward to hearing more about EUSPA’s management and protection of EU space infrastructure and how space-based innovation is increasingly brought in the daily lives of the EU citizens” declared ITRE Chair, Cristian Bușoi.

 A key topic of discussion was how best to leverage the EU Space Programme’s many synergies.

“The EU Space Programme benefits our society at many levels. For example, with EGNOS we improve the accessibility of our EU airports, whereas with certain Galileo features such as the OSNMA we can better protect critical infrastructures. Generating daily over 16TB of data, Copernicus is a helping hand in understanding climate change. With GOVSATCOM, Europe will be benefitting from a first of its kind secure and resilient satcom infrastructure for governmental users.” said EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. 

Security was also a key theme of the visit. EUSPA’s position as the gatekeeper of security for the EU Space Programme was emphasised, especially as it relates to the safeguarding of space-related assets, both in space and on the ground. The contribution of the EU Space Programme to the safety of European citizens was showcased through concrete applications, such as Galileo’s support to international Search and Rescue (SAR) satellite services, eCall technology and the Public Regulated Service (PRS).

EUSPA’s GOVSATCOM responsibilities were also highlighted. As the entity entrusted with the procurement of the secure operational ground segment (GOVSATCOM Hubs), its operations and the coordination of the user-related aspects of GOVSATCOM, EUSPA is focused on expanding infrastructure development and fostering technological innovation within the service.

In line with the recent report commissioned by the ITRE committee, which examined how to facilitate access and create an open and competitive space market, a presentation on the downstream market and its innovation was given. The presentation focused on the benefits of space products made within the EU, and included a hands-on demonstration of various space technologies and applications. Attendees were able to test out smartphone applications, drones and even a motorbike, all enabled by the EU Space Programme’s technology. 

Concluding the visit, the ITRE Committee and EUSPA agreed that maintaining alignment on the activities within the remit of the committee which are supported by EU space infrastructure will be key to further establishing a strong and competitive EU space sector. 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The ITRE Committee legislates on important policy areas of the European Union, such as industrial policy, EU research, and innovation policy, space policy, energy policy, and the application of new technologies.

EUSPA welcomes ITRE committee members to its Prague headquarters

23.2.2022 17:21  
The ITRE Committee legislates on important policy areas of the European Union, such as industrial policy, EU research, and innovation policy, space policy, energy policy, and the application of new technologies.
Published: 
23 February 2022

The visit was an opportunity for EUSPA to highlight the many synergies between EGNSS and Copernicus, and how these synergies benefit EU businesses and citizens.

On 23 February, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) welcomed representatives from the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) to its Prague headquarters. The committee representatives were also joined by European Commission representatives for a full schedule of presentations, demonstrations and discussions.

The visit, the first since the new regulation on the EU Space Programme came into effect, was an opportunity for committee members and representatives to get a close-up look at how Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus support many of the activities and services that fall within the committee’s portfolio of responsibilities.   

“As custodians of the EU space policy, it’s crucial that the ITRE Committee continues to foster a strong partnership and collaboration with EUSPA’s team, who enable the policy to excel both here on earth and in space. We’re looking forward to hearing more about EUSPA’s management and protection of EU space infrastructure and how space-based innovation is increasingly brought in the daily lives of the EU citizens” declared ITRE Chair, Cristian Bușoi.

 A key topic of discussion was how best to leverage the EU Space Programme’s many synergies.

“The EU Space Programme benefits our society at many levels. For example, with EGNOS we improve the accessibility of our EU airports, whereas with certain Galileo features such as the OSNMA we can better protect critical infrastructures. Generating daily over 16TB of data, Copernicus is a helping hand in understanding climate change. With GOVSATCOM, Europe will be benefitting from a first of its kind secure and resilient satcom infrastructure for governmental users.” said EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa. 

Security was also a key theme of the visit. EUSPA’s position as the gatekeeper of security for the EU Space Programme was emphasised, especially as it relates to the safeguarding of space-related assets, both in space and on the ground. The contribution of the EU Space Programme to the safety of European citizens was showcased through concrete applications, such as Galileo’s support to international Search and Rescue (SAR) satellite services, eCall technology and the Public Regulated Service (PRS).

EUSPA’s GOVSATCOM responsibilities were also highlighted. As the entity entrusted with the procurement of the secure operational ground segment (GOVSATCOM Hubs), its operations and the coordination of the user-related aspects of GOVSATCOM, EUSPA is focused on expanding infrastructure development and fostering technological innovation within the service.

In line with the recent report commissioned by the ITRE committee, which examined how to facilitate access and create an open and competitive space market, a presentation on the downstream market and its innovation was given. The presentation focused on the benefits of space products made within the EU, and included a hands-on demonstration of various space technologies and applications. Attendees were able to test out smartphone applications, drones and even a motorbike, all enabled by the EU Space Programme’s technology. 

Concluding the visit, the ITRE Committee and EUSPA agreed that maintaining alignment on the activities within the remit of the committee which are supported by EU space infrastructure will be key to further establishing a strong and competitive EU space sector. 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

The ITRE Committee legislates on important policy areas of the European Union, such as industrial policy, EU research, and innovation policy, space policy, energy policy, and the application of new technologies.

EUSPA helps European companies embrace Earth Observation

21.2.2022 13:00  
Organised by the European Commission and the French Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Copernicus horizon 2035 Conference presented the Copernicus component of the EU Space Programme and its achievements, and highlight future goals and opportunities.
Published: 
21 February 2022

Speaking at last week’s Copernicus Horizon 2035 conference, EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa outlined how European businesses can benefit from Copernicus’ Earth observation services, data, and information.  

If you’ve ever watched a news story about a natural disaster, chances are, the satellite images shown in the story came from Copernicus, Europe’s Earth Observation programme. 

Why?

“Because Copernicus is the best Earth Observation system in the world,” said Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market, who made his remarks at Copernicus Horizon 2035

Organised by the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, the conference, which was held 16 – 17 February, put the spotlight on Copernicus, its achievements, goals and opportunities.      

“By providing unique insights into the Earth and its environment, Copernicus helps governments, national agencies, institutions and researchers and of protect our planet for future generations,” said Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director, European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). ‘’But Copernicus is also of strategic importance to European SMEs, and we must ensure they make the most of the available date,’’ he concluded. Under the auspices of the European Commission, EUSPA is charged with promoting Copernicus’ services, data and market uptake.   

The commercial potential of Copernicus 

Beyond its use by governments and in emergency situations, Earth Observation also has significant commercial potential. For example, according to the latest edition of the EUSPA EO and GNSS Market Report, SMEs and start-ups account for more than 93% of European Earth Observation companies. 

“Europe is seeing a vibrant Copernicus start-up scene unfolding, with hundreds of new ventures being created using Copernicus data and information,” noted Fiammetta Diani, EUSPA Head of Market, Downstream and Innovation, who also spoke at the conference.

With revenues set to double from approximately EUR 2.8 billion to over EUR 5.5 billion within the next decade, the market for Earth observation applications is boosted by a large pool of value-added services. This is especially the case within the climate services, urban development, energy, insurance, finance and agriculture segments.   

“Farmers can use Copernicus-derived information to monitor the health of their crops and study the quality of their soil,” explained da Costa. “And urban planners can use Earth Observation data to design sustainable smart cities and build infrastructure that is more resilient against the impact of climate change.”    

Copernicus also complements the other components of the EU Space Programmes, including Galileo and EGNOS. For example, construction companies can use European GNSS (EGNSS), together with Earth Observation, to first select locations with the best conditions and then monitor the building or infrastructure asset over its entire lifespan.   

Maximising Copernicus’ benefits

However, to truly maximise Copernicus’ economic and societal benefits, European companies must fully embrace the power of Earth Observation.

To help, EUSPA is in constant communication with European companies, helping them on how they can best leverage Copernicus data, information and services. 

“SMEs and start-ups are in the spotlight since they are key to enlarging the use of Copernicus. They are more agile, able to adjust new business models and technologies more swiftly. Besides, they can be closer to end-users and local authorities permitting them to innovate affordably,” said Diani.

EUSPA has also launched several Earth Observation focused funding opportunities for companies, including Horizon Calls and innovation competitions as part of the CASSINI programme focussing on entrepreneurs. 

“Our intent is to position EUSPA as the go-to-source for all things related to Earth Observation and EGNSS,” concluded da Costa. “That means to be the single point of information, expertise and market intelligence that companies from across Europe can depend on when integrating European space solutions into their start-ups, enterprises, innovations and research.”

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Organised by the European Commission and the French Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Copernicus horizon 2035 Conference presented the Copernicus component of the EU Space Programme and its achievements, and highlight future goals and opportunities

EUSPA helps European companies embrace Earth Observation

21.2.2022 13:00  
Published: 
21 February 2022

Speaking at last week’s Copernicus Horizon 2035 conference, EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa outlined how European businesses can benefit from Copernicus’ Earth observation services, data, and information.  

If you’ve ever watched a news story about a natural disaster, chances are, the satellite images shown in the story came from Copernicus, Europe’s Earth Observation programme. 

Why?

“Because Copernicus is the best Earth Observation system in the world,” said Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market, who made his remarks at Copernicus Horizon 2035

Organised by the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, the conference, which was held 16 – 17 February, put the spotlight on Copernicus, its achievements, goals and opportunities.      

“By providing unique insights into the Earth and its environment, Copernicus helps governments, national agencies, institutions and researchers and of protect our planet for future generations,” said Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director, European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). ‘’But Copernicus is also of strategic importance to European SMEs, and we must ensure they make the most of the available date,’’ he concluded. Under the auspices of the European Commission, EUSPA is charged with promoting Copernicus’ services, data and market uptake.   

The commercial potential of Copernicus 

Beyond its use by governments and in emergency situations, Earth Observation also has significant commercial potential. For example, according to the latest edition of the EUSPA EO and GNSS Market Report, SMEs and start-ups account for more than 93% of European Earth Observation companies. 

“Europe is seeing a vibrant Copernicus start-up scene unfolding, with hundreds of new ventures being created using Copernicus data and information,” noted Fiammetta Diani, EUSPA Head of Market, Downstream and Innovation, who also spoke at the conference.

With revenues set to double from approximately EUR 2.8 billion to over EUR 5.5 billion within the next decade, the market for Earth observation applications is boosted by a large pool of value-added services. This is especially the case within the climate services, urban development, energy, insurance, finance and agriculture segments.   

“Farmers can use Copernicus-derived information to monitor the health of their crops and study the quality of their soil,” explained da Costa. “And urban planners can use Earth Observation data to design sustainable smart cities and build infrastructure that is more resilient against the impact of climate change.”    

Copernicus also complements the other components of the EU Space Programmes, including Galileo and EGNOS. For example, construction companies can use European GNSS (EGNSS), together with Earth Observation, to first select locations with the best conditions and then monitor the building or infrastructure asset over its entire lifespan.   

Maximising Copernicus’ benefits

However, to truly maximise Copernicus’ economic and societal benefits, European companies must fully embrace the power of Earth Observation.

To help, EUSPA is in constant communication with European companies, helping them on how they can best leverage Copernicus data, information and services. 

“SMEs and start-ups are in the spotlight since they are key to enlarging the use of Copernicus. They are more agile, able to adjust new business models and technologies more swiftly. Besides, they can be closer to end-users and local authorities permitting them to innovate affordably,” said Diani.

EUSPA has also launched several Earth Observation focused funding opportunities for companies, including Horizon Calls and innovation competitions as part of the CASSINI programme focussing on entrepreneurs. 

“Our intent is to position EUSPA as the go-to-source for all things related to Earth Observation and EGNSS,” concluded da Costa. “That means to be the single point of information, expertise and market intelligence that companies from across Europe can depend on when integrating European space solutions into their start-ups, enterprises, innovations and research.”

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Organised by the European Commission and the French Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Copernicus horizon 2035 Conference presented the Copernicus component of the EU Space Programme and its achievements, and highlight future goals and opportunities

EUSPA helps European companies embrace Earth Observation

21.2.2022 13:00  
Organised by the European Commission and the French Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Copernicus horizon 2035 Conference presented the Copernicus component of the EU Space Programme and its achievements, and highlight future goals and opportunities
Published: 
21 February 2022

Speaking at last week’s Copernicus Horizon 2035 conference, EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa outlined how European businesses can benefit from Copernicus’ Earth observation services, data, and information.  

If you’ve ever watched a news story about a natural disaster, chances are, the satellite images shown in the story came from Copernicus, Europe’s Earth Observation programme. 

Why?

“Because Copernicus is the best Earth Observation system in the world,” said Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market, who made his remarks at Copernicus Horizon 2035

Organised by the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, the conference, which was held 16 – 17 February, put the spotlight on Copernicus, its achievements, goals and opportunities.      

“By providing unique insights into the Earth and its environment, Copernicus helps governments, national agencies, institutions and researchers and of protect our planet for future generations,” said Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director, European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). ‘’But Copernicus is also of strategic importance to European SMEs, and we must ensure they make the most of the available date,’’ he concluded. Under the auspices of the European Commission, EUSPA is charged with promoting Copernicus’ services, data and market uptake.   

The commercial potential of Copernicus 

Beyond its use by governments and in emergency situations, Earth Observation also has significant commercial potential. For example, according to the latest edition of the EUSPA EO and GNSS Market Report, SMEs and start-ups account for more than 93% of European Earth Observation companies. 

“Europe is seeing a vibrant Copernicus start-up scene unfolding, with hundreds of new ventures being created using Copernicus data and information,” noted Fiammetta Diani, EUSPA Head of Market, Downstream and Innovation, who also spoke at the conference.

With revenues set to double from approximately EUR 2.8 billion to over EUR 5.5 billion within the next decade, the market for Earth observation applications is boosted by a large pool of value-added services. This is especially the case within the climate services, urban development, energy, insurance, finance and agriculture segments.   

“Farmers can use Copernicus-derived information to monitor the health of their crops and study the quality of their soil,” explained da Costa. “And urban planners can use Earth Observation data to design sustainable smart cities and build infrastructure that is more resilient against the impact of climate change.”    

Copernicus also complements the other components of the EU Space Programmes, including Galileo and EGNOS. For example, construction companies can use European GNSS (EGNSS), together with Earth Observation, to first select locations with the best conditions and then monitor the building or infrastructure asset over its entire lifespan.   

Maximising Copernicus’ benefits

However, to truly maximise Copernicus’ economic and societal benefits, European companies must fully embrace the power of Earth Observation.

To help, EUSPA is in constant communication with European companies, helping them on how they can best leverage Copernicus data, information and services. 

“SMEs and start-ups are in the spotlight since they are key to enlarging the use of Copernicus. They are more agile, able to adjust new business models and technologies more swiftly. Besides, they can be closer to end-users and local authorities permitting them to innovate affordably,” said Diani.

EUSPA has also launched several Earth Observation focused funding opportunities for companies, including Horizon Calls and innovation competitions as part of the CASSINI programme focussing on entrepreneurs. 

“Our intent is to position EUSPA as the go-to-source for all things related to Earth Observation and EGNSS,” concluded da Costa. “That means to be the single point of information, expertise and market intelligence that companies from across Europe can depend on when integrating European space solutions into their start-ups, enterprises, innovations and research.”

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Organised by the European Commission and the French Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Copernicus horizon 2035 Conference presented the Copernicus component of the EU Space Programme and its achievements, and highlight future goals and opportunities

The Galileo Reference Centre evolves to support the constellation’s growing needs

18.2.2022 16:57  
Participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about the mission of the GRC’s, the procurement documentation and the submission process.
Published: 
18 February 2022

The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) publishes procurement on “GRC Infrastructure evolution, nominal operations support, and maintenance”. To encourage the widest participation possible, the Agency is organizing an industry day to present the details of the call on 10 March 2022 at 10.00 CET

The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) published a procurement on the “GRC Nominal Operations Support, Infrastructure Development, Evolution, and Maintenance”. To encourage large participation, EUSPA is organising an industry day to present the details of the call on 10 March 2022 at 10.00 CET. 

A service facility, located in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, the GRC performs independent service performance monitoring and reporting, service performance investigation and support, and campaign-based monitoring and experimentation, by itself and through cooperation with the EU Member States, Norway, and Switzerland. The GRC monitors not only Galileo but also other GNSSs and reports to various stakeholders.

The scope of the GRC Infrastructure Evolution, Nominal Operations Support, and Maintenance Framework Contract is to provide a turn-key service for GRC infrastructure releases (including operational validation activities), support the nominal operations, and follow up with the maintenance of the release in operation. It will include the design and implement an innovative solution for the next generation of the GRC. This will also include implementing a real-time solution into the GRC that will be capable of providing real-time monitoring of all Galileo services, precise reference time, and PRS navigation monitoring functionalities.

The GRC has a variety of tools developed for use within the facility as well as a strong operational team with a broad professional knowledge of GNSS systems and for these reasons greater functionalities are currently identified to be developed within the next generation of the GRC. 

With this important procurement, EUSPA is looking for one or more partners to provide services and supplies to support the agency in shaping the future versions of the GRC infrastructure to support the evolutions of several GNSS services. 

EUSPA is committed to promoting the widest participation possible by economic operators, including new entrants, in particular start-ups and SMEs. The agency is thus organising an industry day on 10 March 2022 at 10.00 to detail the procurement on “GRC Nominal Operations Support, Infrastructure Development, Evolution, and Maintenance”. 

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about the mission of the GRC, the procurement documentation, and the submission process.

To attend the event, please register here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about the mission of the GRC’s, the procurement documentation and the submission process.

The Galileo Reference Centre evolves to support the constellation’s growing needs

18.2.2022 16:57  
Participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about the mission of the GRC’s, the procurement documentation and the submission process.
Published: 
17 February 2022

The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) publishes procurement on “GRC Infrastructure evolution, nominal operations support, and maintenance”. To encourage the widest participation possible, the Agency is organizing an industry day to present the details of the call on 10 March 2022 at 10.00 CET

The EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) published a procurement on the “GRC Nominal Operations Support, Infrastructure Development, Evolution, and Maintenance”. To encourage large participation, EUSPA is organising an industry day to present the details of the call on 10 March 2022 at 10.00 CET. 

A service facility, located in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, the GRC performs independent service performance monitoring and reporting, service performance investigation and support, and campaign-based monitoring and experimentation, by itself and through cooperation with the EU Member States, Norway, and Switzerland. The GRC monitors not only Galileo but also other GNSSs and reports to various stakeholders.

The scope of the GRC Infrastructure Evolution, Nominal Operations Support, and Maintenance Framework Contract is to provide a turn-key service for GRC infrastructure releases (including operational validation activities), support the nominal operations, and follow up with the maintenance of the release in operation. It will include the design and implement an innovative solution for the next generation of the GRC. This will also include implementing a real-time solution into the GRC that will be capable of providing real-time monitoring of all Galileo services, precise reference time, and PRS navigation monitoring functionalities.

The GRC has a variety of tools developed for use within the facility as well as a strong operational team with a broad professional knowledge of GNSS systems and for these reasons greater functionalities are currently identified to be developed within the next generation of the GRC. 

With this important procurement, EUSPA is looking for one or more partners to provide services and supplies to support the agency in shaping the future versions of the GRC infrastructure to support the evolutions of several GNSS services. 

EUSPA is committed to promoting the widest participation possible by economic operators, including new entrants, in particular start-ups and SMEs. The agency is thus organising an industry day on 10 March 2022 at 10.00 to detail the procurement on “GRC Nominal Operations Support, Infrastructure Development, Evolution, and Maintenance”. 

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about the mission of the GRC, the procurement documentation, and the submission process.

To attend the event, please register here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about the mission of the GRC’s, the procurement documentation and the submission process.

Galileo Service Operator: a vital link between space and user needs

17.2.2022 13:33  
27 and 29 January 2022 marked an important milestone in the life of Galileo GSAT0223 and GSAT0224 launched on 5 December 2021.
Published: 
17 February 2022

With a robust and secure ground and space segment, EUSPA ensures that Galileo’s 2.5 billion users benefit from the world’s most precise positioning system

Not only is the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) charged with the development and provision of Galileo’s range of services, it also serves as the gatekeeper for the programme’s security. 

This means protecting Galileo’s space and ground operations against threats such as cyber-attacks, interference and damage by space debris – a job EUSPA does in collaboration with its industry partners.    

One of those partners is Spaceopal, a joint venture between Telespazio in Italy and DLR-GfR mbH in Germany. 

Under EUSPA’s leadership, Spaceopal serves as the Galileo Service Operator, a role that involves operating and maintaining Galileo’s ground and space segments, along with ensuring that all of Galileo’s 2.5 billion users continue to benefit from the world’s most precise positioning system. The company’s role as Galileo Service Operator has just been confirmed for the next 5 years.

High performance services worldwide 

Launched in 2016, Galileo is Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). In addition to providing positioning information with greater precision than other GNSS systems, Galileo also offers a Search and Rescue (SAR) service. This important service allows emergency first responders to quickly locate and help people in distress while giving them feedback that the call has been received by its unique Return Link Service.

EUSPA is also developing new Galileo services, including a High Accuracy Service (HAS) for high accuracy corrections, and the authentication service Open Service Navigation Message Authentication service (OSNMA), which will provide receivers with a first level of protection against manipulation and spoofing. 

A robust and secure ground and space segment 

All these services depend on having a robust and secure ground and space segment, which is exactly what EUSPA’s contract with Spaceopal guarantees. For example, as the Galileo Service Operator, Spaceopal will run EUSPA’s Galileo Control Centres (GCC) in Fucino, Italy and Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. 

Backed by a network of ground stations and facilities spread around the globe, the GCCs allow EUSPA to monitor and control Galileo’s current constellation of satellites, along with the addition of new ones (such as Galileo Launch 12 expected later this year, which – like every additional satellite added to the constellation - will bring an additional layer of accuracy to Galileo services).  

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

27 and 29 January 2022 marked an important milestone in the life of Galileo GSAT0223 and GSAT0224 launched on 5 December 2021.

Galileo Service Operator: a vital link between space and user needs

17.2.2022 13:33  
27 and 29 January 2022 marked an important milestone in the life of Galileo GSAT0223 and GSAT0224 launched on 5 December 2021.
Published: 
17 February 2022

With a robust and secure ground and space segment, EUSPA ensures that Galileo’s 2.5 billion users benefit from the world’s most precise positioning system

Not only is the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) charged with the development and provision of Galileo’s range of services, it also serves as the gatekeeper for the programme’s security. 

This means protecting Galileo’s space and ground operations against threats such as cyber-attacks, interference and damage by space debris – a job EUSPA does in collaboration with its industry partners.    

One of those partners is Spaceopal, a joint venture between Telespazio in Italy and DLR-GfR mbH in Germany. 

Under EUSPA’s leadership, Spaceopal serves as the Galileo Service Operator, a role that involves operating and maintaining Galileo’s ground and space segments, along with ensuring that all of Galileo’s 2.5 billion users continue to benefit from the world’s most precise positioning system. The company’s role as Galileo Service Operator has just been confirmed for the next 5 years.

High performance services worldwide 

Launched in 2016, Galileo is Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). In addition to providing positioning information with greater precision than other GNSS systems, Galileo also offers a Search and Rescue (SAR) service. This important service allows emergency first responders to quickly locate and help people in distress while giving them feedback that the call has been received by its unique … etc.

EUSPA is also developing new Galileo services, including a High Accuracy Service (HAS) for high accuracy corrections, and the a authentication service Open Service Navigation Message Authentication service (OSNMA), which will provide receivers with a first level of protection against manipulation and spoofing. 

A robust and secure ground and space segment 

All these services depend on having a robust and secure ground and space segment, which is exactly what EUSPA’s contract with Spaceopal guarantees. For example, as the Galileo Service Operator, Spaceopal will run EUSPA’s Galileo Control Centres (GCC) in Fucino, Italy and Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. 

Backed by a network of ground stations and facilities spread around the globe, the GCCs allow EUSPA to monitor and control Galileo’s current constellation of satellites, along with the addition of new ones (such as Galileo Launch 12 expected later this year, which – like every additional satellite added to the constellation - will bring an additional layer of accuracy to Galileo services).  

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

27 and 29 January 2022 marked an important milestone in the life of Galileo GSAT0223 and GSAT0224 launched on 5 December 2021.

GOVSATCOM adds secure governmental communications to the EU Space Programme

14.2.2022 16:38  
Complementing Copernicus, Galileo, EGNOS, and the forthcoming GOVSATCOM, this new EU flagship programme, will benefit a broad range of sectors, including road and maritime transport, air traffic and more.
Published: 
14 February 2022

When disaster strikes, communication, information and location are key. With the addition of GOVSATCOM, the EU Space Programme provides all three. 

Last summer, when Greece was ravaged by wildfires, public authorities relied on Copernicus’ Earth Observation services to detect and monitor the evolving situation. On the ground, firefighters and emergency first responders used EGNOS and Galileo to safely guide themselves through the smoke, fog and flames.     

That same summer, when once-in-a-century floods in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg rendered transportation and communication infrastructure useless, satellite communication, working in synergy with Copernicus and European GNSS (EGNSS), provided rescue teams with the spatial awareness, connectivity and highly accurate positioning and navigation they needed to save lives.  

But what happens when an incident occurs where there are no ground stations, either because they were destroyed (e.g., during an earthquake) or because they never existed in the first place (e.g., in remote regions such as the Arctic)? Or what if the end users require secure communication? Such is the case during cyber-attacks and other security-related incidents.

For situations like these, there’s GOVSATCOM

Adding assured, secure communication to the EU Space Programme’s current capabilities 

GOVSATCOM is the fourth pillar of the EU Space Programme. While Copernicus and EGNSS provide the necessary data and positioning, some security incidents also require a means of communication that is robustly protected against interference, interception, intrusion and other risks. GOVSATCOM bridges this gap between the need for assured and secure communication and the capabilities already offered by Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS.

Once active, GOVSATCOM will provide secure, cost-efficient communication capabilities to security and safety-critical missions, operations and infrastructure. The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) has been entrusted with the procurement of the secure operational ground segment (GOVSATCOM Hubs), its operations and the coordination of the user-related aspects of GOVSATCOM, all in close collaboration with Member States and other involved entities.

As a user-centric programme, GOVSATCOM is designed to meet the unique requirements of governmental applications, including those used for crisis management, surveillance and the management of key infrastructures. Further, to successfully execute their missions, governmental actors must have access to secure satellite communication services, which is something commercial satellite communication services aren’t able to provide. 

Keeping EU citizens safe and secure 

GOVSATCOM users will likely include border and maritime authorities, law enforcement agencies, civil protection forces, search and rescue services, disaster relief and humanitarian missions, authorised infrastructure operators and military forces. The service will be available to EU institutions, relevant agencies and EU Member States. 

GOVSATCOM will also serve specific use cases, such as providing connectivity to the Arctic region and for Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) communications. Furthermore, it will be a central component to the EU’s Secure Connectivity Initiative, which is expected to provide additional EU-owned satellite communications resources to complement existing assets. 

With its multiorbital design, Secure Connectivity will allow low latency governmental communications, while its use of quantum technologies will take the security of GOVSATCOM services to the next level. With such capabilities, GOVSATCOM could play an even bigger role in the air traffic control infrastructure that will enable the autonomous and remotely piloted aircraft systems of tomorrow, including drones and air taxis.  

Most importantly, by working in synergy with Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus, GOVSATCOM will further enhance the EU Space Programme’s ability to keep European citizens safe and secure.  

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (https://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Complementing Copernicus, Galileo, EGNOS, and the forthcoming GOVSATCOM, this new EU flagship programme, will benefit a broad range of sectors, including road and maritime transport, air traffic and more.

GOVSATCOM adds secure governmental communications to the EU Space Programme

14.2.2022 16:38  
Complementing Copernicus, Galileo, EGNOS, and the forthcoming GOVSATCOM, this new EU flagship programme, will benefit a broad range of sectors, including road and maritime transport, air traffic and more.
Published: 
14 February 2022

When disaster strikes, communication, information and location are key. With the addition of GOVSATCOM, the EU Space Programme provides all three. 

Last summer, when Greece was ravaged by wildfires, public authorities relied on Copernicus’ Earth Observation services to detect and monitor the evolving situation. On the ground, firefighters and emergency first responders used EGNOS and Galileo to safely guide themselves through the smoke, fog and flames.     

That same summer, when once-in-a-century floods in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg rendered transportation and communication infrastructure useless, satellite communication, working in synergy with Copernicus and European GNSS (EGNSS), provided rescue teams with the spatial awareness, connectivity and highly accurate positioning and navigation they needed to save lives.  

But what happens when an incident occurs where there are no ground stations, either because they were destroyed (e.g., during an earthquake) or because they never existed in the first place (e.g., in remote regions such as the Arctic)? Or what if the end users require secure communication? Such is the case during cyber-attacks and other security-related incidents.

For situations like these, there’s GOVSATCOM

Adding assured, secure communication to the EU Space Programme’s current capabilities 

GOVSATCOM is the fourth pillar of the EU Space Programme. While Copernicus and EGNSS provide the necessary data and positioning, some security incidents also require a means of communication that is robustly protected against interference, interception, intrusion and other risks. GOVSATCOM bridges this gap between the need for assured and secure communication and the capabilities already offered by Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS.

Once active, GOVSATCOM will provide secure, cost-efficient communication capabilities to security and safety-critical missions, operations and infrastructure. The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) has been entrusted with the procurement of the secure operational ground segment (GOVSATCOM Hubs), its operations and the coordination of the user-related aspects of GOVSATCOM, all in close collaboration with Member States and other involved entities.

As a user-centric programme, GOVSATCOM is designed to meet the unique requirements of governmental applications, including those used for crisis management, surveillance and the management of key infrastructures. Further, to successfully execute their missions, governmental actors must have access to secure satellite communication services, which is something commercial satellite communication services aren’t able to provide. 

Keeping EU citizens safe and secure 

GOVSATCOM users will likely include border and maritime authorities, law enforcement agencies, civil protection forces, search and rescue services, disaster relief and humanitarian missions, authorised infrastructure operators and military forces. The service will be available to EU institutions, relevant agencies and EU Member States. 

GOVSATCOM will also serve specific use cases, such as providing connectivity to the Arctic region and for Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) communications. Furthermore, it will be a central component to the EU’s Secure Connectivity Initiative, which is expected to provide additional EU-owned satellite communications resources to complement existing assets. 

With its multiorbital design, Secure Connectivity will allow low latency governmental communications, while its use of quantum technologies will take the security of GOVSATCOM services to the next level. With such capabilities, GOVSATCOM could play an even bigger role in the air traffic control infrastructure that will enable the autonomous and remotely piloted aircraft systems of tomorrow, including drones and air taxis.  

Most importantly, by working in synergy with Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus, GOVSATCOM will further enhance the EU Space Programme’s ability to keep European citizens safe and secure.  

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Complementing Copernicus, Galileo, EGNOS, and the forthcoming GOVSATCOM, this new EU flagship programme, will benefit a broad range of sectors, including road and maritime transport, air traffic and more.

GOVSATCOM adds secure governmental communications to the EU Space Programme

14.2.2022 16:38  
Complementing Copernicus, Galileo, EGNOS, and the forthcoming GOVSATCOM, this new EU flagship programme, will benefit a broad range of sectors, including road and maritime transport, air traffic and more.
Published: 
14 February 2022

When disaster strikes, communication, information and location are key. With the addition of GOVSATCOM, the EU Space Programme provides all three. 

Last summer, when Greece was ravaged by wildfires, public authorities relied on Copernicus’ Earth Observation services to detect and monitor the evolving situation. On the ground, firefighters and emergency first responders used EGNOS and Galileo to safely guide themselves through the smoke, fog and flames.     

That same summer, when once-in-a-century floods in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg rendered transportation and communication infrastructure useless, satellite communication, working in synergy with Copernicus and European GNSS (EGNSS), provided rescue teams with the spatial awareness, connectivity and highly accurate positioning and navigation they needed to save lives.  

But what happens when an incident occurs where there are no ground stations, either because they were destroyed (e.g., during an earthquake) or because they never existed in the first place (e.g., in remote regions such as the Arctic)? Or what if the end users require secure communication? Such is the case during cyber-attacks and other security-related incidents.

For situations like these, there’s GOVSATCOM

Adding assured, secure communication to the EU Space Programme’s current capabilities 

GOVSATCOM is the fourth pillar of the EU Space Programme. While Copernicus and EGNSS provide the necessary data and positioning, some security incidents also require a means of communication that is robustly protected against interference, interception, intrusion and other risks. GOVSATCOM bridges this gap between the need for assured and secure communication and the capabilities already offered by Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS.

Once active, GOVSATCOM will provide secure, cost-efficient communication capabilities to security and safety-critical missions, operations and infrastructure. The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) has been entrusted with the procurement of the secure operational ground segment (GOVSATCOM Hubs), its operations and the coordination of the user-related aspects of GOVSATCOM, all in close collaboration with Member States and other involved entities.

As a user-centric programme, GOVSATCOM is designed to meet the unique requirements of governmental applications, including those used for crisis management, surveillance and the management of key infrastructures. Further, to successfully execute their missions, governmental actors must have access to secure satellite communication services, which is something commercial satellite communication services aren’t able to provide. 

Keeping EU citizens safe and secure 

GOVSATCOM users will likely include border and maritime authorities, law enforcement agencies, civil protection forces, search and rescue services, disaster relief and humanitarian missions, authorised infrastructure operators and military forces. The service will be available to EU institutions, relevant agencies and EU Member States. 

GOVSATCOM will also serve specific use cases, such as providing connectivity to the Arctic region and for Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) communications. Furthermore, it will be a central component to the EU’s Secure Connectivity Initiative, which is expected to provide additional EU-owned satellite communications resources to complement existing assets. 

With its multiorbital design, Secure Connectivity will allow low latency governmental communications, while its use of quantum technologies will take the security of GOVSATCOM services to the next level. With such capabilities, GOVSATCOM could play an even bigger role in the air traffic control infrastructure that will enable the autonomous and remotely piloted aircraft systems of tomorrow, including drones and air taxis.  

Most importantly, by working in synergy with Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus, GOVSATCOM will further enhance the EU Space Programme’s ability to keep European citizens safe and secure.  

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the EUSPA website (http://www.euspa.europa.eu).

Complementing Copernicus, Galileo, EGNOS, and the forthcoming GOVSATCOM, this new EU flagship programme, will benefit a broad range of sectors, including road and maritime transport, air traffic and more.

As of 17 March 2022, all smartphones placed in the European Single Market should be leveraging Galileo signals

11.2.2022 14:07  
Galileo-supported E112 will result in faster response times and more lives saved
Published: 
17 March 2022

As of 17 March 2022, all smartphones placed in the European single market should be leveraging Galileo signals, in addition to other Global Navigation Satellite Systems. The addition of the EU positioning system to enhance the 112-calls location will result in faster response times and consequently, more lives saved.

The European 112-emergency number is operational in nearly all EU Member States, as well as other countries. People in danger can call it 24/7 to reach the fire brigade, medical assistance and the police.

The majority of phone calls to the 112-emergency number are placed from mobile phones. These calls already support the sending of location information to emergency services. However, this information was not based on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) capabilities until recently.

Three years ago, the Commission Delegated Regulation anticipated measures to get advantage of GNSS and WiFi location capabilities in smartphones placed on the European Union market from 17 March 2022 onward. This will enable smartphones to transfer caller location information from GNSS (at least Galileo) to the appropriate emergency service.

How does 112 work in Europe?

So far, in the event of a 112 call, the caller’s location information was established through identification technology based on the coverage area of a cellular network tower (cell-ID). The average accuracy of this information varies from two to ten kilometres, which can lead to significant search errors following emergency calls, often resulting in time wasted and potentially, lives lost. In contrast, location information based on GNSS provides an accuracy of down to a few metres. This level of accuracy will have a major impact in terms of response times, ultimately allowing for quicker intervention in emergency situations in which every second counts. 

Galileo contributing to saving lives across Europe

The ability for 112 to communicate a caller’s location to emergency services automatically is already being rolled out. The protocol designed for this purpose, called Advanced Mobile Location (AML) is currently being deployed across the European Union. When a caller dials 112 from their smartphone, AML uses the phone’s integrated functionalities and data from Galileo to accurately pinpoint the caller’s location and transmit it to a dedicated end-point, usually a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), which makes the caller location available to emergency responders in real-time.

According to the European Emergency Number Association (EENA), at least 18 EU Member States have already completed the AML deployment while others are in the process of doing so. This implementation is thanks to EU initiatives and projects such as the Help 112 project, which was set up to evaluate the merits of handset-based technologies in improving the location of emergency callers..

“On the occasion of European 112 Day, I would like to reiterate once again that the EU Space Programme and in this particular case, Galileo, were conceived to benefit and protect EU citizens. The EC regulation which enters into force today is another confirmation of the added value EU space data brings to our daily lives,’’ said EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa. ‘’On this day, let’s also praise our real-life heroes, emergency responders, across the EU for their courage and bravery,’’ he concluded.

 

 

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