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Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities (2007 to 2013), 'Cooperation' [...]DESCRIPTION OF TOPIC GALILEO-2007-1.4-01

Funded under: FP7-TRANSPORT

Abstract

Theme: Transport (including Aeronautics)
Sub-theme: Support to the European Global Navigation Satellite System (Galileo) and EGNOS
Activity: EXPLOITING THE FULL POTENTIAL
Area: SAFETY-OF-LIFE APPLICATIONS
DESCRIPTION OF TOPIC GALILEO-2007-1.4-01
Accelerating EGNOS Adoption in Aviation
The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS) is the first European venture in operational satellite navigation. EGNOS is therefore a major element of the European GNSS strategy and a technological precursor to Galileo.
This system was initially a joint project of the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Commission (EC) and the European Organisation for Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL).
In addition, other entities contributed to the implementation of the EGNOS Advanced Operational Capability system under bilateral agreements established between ESA and the EGNOS Operator and Infrastructure Group (namely AENA, DFS, DNA, ENAV, NAV-EP, Swisscontrol and NATS).
EGNOS will soon be a fully operational system, providing a reliable and certified augmented navigation signal to the European User Community. The EGNOS signal-in-space is indeed already freely available to the public over Europe from satellite since early 2006 and the EGNOS system will be declared "certified" for the utilisation by the civil aviation by the end of 2009.
A few initiatives and studies related to the use of overlay and augmentation systems to GPS in aviation have been performed in the past, however needs and requirements of some user segments of the aviation community (e.g. general aviation) need to be addressed specifically. In particular, cost and benefits of a specific SBAS - such as EGNOS - use need to be thoroughly reviewed and validated in order to speed up adoption.

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Record Number: 8933 / Last updated on: 2008-01-24
Category: SUPP