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RIGA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY SIGNS A CONTRACT FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PHARE INFORMATION PROJECT GALILEO A CONSTELLATION TO BEACON THE WAY IN THE BALTICS

On February 21, 2005, the rector of Riga Technical University Mr Ivars Kncts and deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Finance Ms Solvita Zvidrioa concluded a contract for the implementation of the PHARE information project Galileo - a Constellation to Beacon the Way in the Baltics.

21 February 2005 - 21 October 2005
Germany

A feasibility study on the development of global navigation satellite system (GNSS) applications in Latvia, GNSS information events to the transport sector of the Baltic countries, as well as the establishment of a GNSS technology transfer network in the Baltic Sea Region will be carried out within the scope of this project.
Currently, the GPS (global positioning system) (USA) satellite navigation signal is used for positioning of location in Latvia. However, GPS was created for military purposes, and its signal could be switched off at any time for use in the national economy, including transport. Furthermore, GPS currently provides a comparatively low accuracy positioning service.
In order to solve these problems, the European Commission in co-operation with the European Space Agency has undertaken to create an independent GNSS Galileo, whereby 30 navigation satellites are planned to be launched into 3 Earth orbits. , ,Galileo is the first satellite navigation system designed for civil purposes. Furthermore, the user of Galileo could determine the position with a much higher accuracy. Importantly as well, the requirement to use GNSS in specific sectors, such as animal transport, is stipulated in the EU law.
Information on the European Space Agency (ESA) will also be provided in the project. Currently, ESA unites 13 old EU Member States, as well as Norway and Switzerland. Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary have also started to co-operate with ESA. In the future, also Latvia could co-operate with ESA, which will mark a significant turn in the development of science and high-technologies in our country.
Consulting by Mr Arne Jungstand, a German satellite navigation expert, will be provided in the scope of the project. Mr Arne Jungstand has significant experience in the development of the Galileo system. The project manager is Dr Jânis Balodis, who is a professor at the Chair of Geomatics at Riga Technical University and the director of the Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformatics of the University of Latvia. Dr. Jânis Balodis has significant experience in remote sensing with satellite images, satellite navigation and satellite laser ranging of low Earth orbit satellites.
Partners from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia as well as the self-government of Neustrelitz (Germany) take part in the project.
The estimated costs of Galileo are evaluated at 3.2 bln euro. The scientists and entrepreneurs of Latvia are also welcome to participate in the development of this system. The European Space Agency is already implementing the satellite navigation system EGNOS, using 3 geostationary navigation satellites.
FURTHER INFORMATION:,RTU International and Public Relations Department,Jolanta Jurçvica, ph.: +371 7089055; +371 9449770,Viesturs Veckalns (EU project manager), ph.: +371 7089052; +371 8844522