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Mitigation of space weather threats to GNSS services

Mitigation of space weather threats to GNSS services

Objective

MISW (Mitigation of space weather threats to GNSS services) will tackle the research challenges associated with GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and Space Weather to bring practical solutions right into the forefront of European Industry.

Space Weather can affect many modern technologies that we take for granted. One of the most common technologies found across many systems today is navigation and timing provided by the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). The main users of GNSS positioning are reliant on the inherent accuracy that the system can provide but this is not adequate for all applications. Aviation has its own augmentation solution called a Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) and the European version is called EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service).
These systems gather additional information that allows some mitigation of Space Weather Events. However, they are not yet able to work in the most challenging regions and as a consequence Space Weather disturbances to the ionised upper atmosphere (ionosphere) will cause navigation errors that remain uncompensated.

MISW will research, develop and apply new solutions to compensate for ionospheric effects on GNSS.
Measurements of actual extreme events will allow realistic estimates of the ionospheric delays and errors caused by scintillation. MISW will include the development of new mapping techniques to compensate for ionospheric delay and both system-level and receiver-level solutions to scintillation events. The MISW consortium of leading industry, academia and research organisations will deliver the foundations for the next generation SBAS systems that can be extended across Europe and into Africa, ensuring reliable GNSS services over many decades ahead.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF BATH

Address

Claverton Down
Ba2 7ay Bath

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 647 918

Administrative Contact

Biagio Forte (Dr)

Participants (12)

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THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 170 024

THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 294 328

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 109 040

POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 95 700

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 156 800

EISCAT SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATION

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 100 558

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 30 000

DANMARKS METEOROLOGISKE INSTITUT

Denmark

Centrum Badan Kosmicznych

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 55 080

SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU FAKULTET ELEKTROTEHNIKE I RACUNARSTVA

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 44 598

MET OFFICE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 94 205

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 169 980

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 607081

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    19 November 2013

  • End date

    1 August 2016

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 882 063,80

  • EU contribution

    € 1 968 231

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF BATH

United Kingdom