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EGNOS safer landings scheme available to Ukraine

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Ukraine will be able to benefit from the European EGNOS scheme, which will make air transport safer, will open up business opportunities and will improve the GPS signal for private users.

European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, responsible for industry and entrepreneurship said: “I welcome Ukraine on board of this European flagship initiative. This co-operation will provide better results of the EGNOS/Galileo navigation services and will also open up a series of business opportunities for SMEs both from Ukraine and the EU. The full benefits of what we are offering in this key strategic sector will however only be available through the signature of the Association Agreement including its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, as it is precisely this that would further enhance industrial cooperation and offer to Ukraine’s space industry full access to the EU markets."

In this context, European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani and Ukrainian Vice-Prime Minister Oleksandr Vylkul signed a Joint Statement in Brussels on November, 27, declaring both sides' intention to include the Ukrainian territory in the coverage of EGNOS (the European Geostationary Overlay Service).
The EU-Ukraine Cooperation Agreement in the field of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), concluded in November 2013, is a win-win arrangement for both sides.
It will increase the robustness of the EGNOS performances in the Eastern part of the EU and will allow the provision of the services over Ukraine.
The utilisation of EGNOS services in Ukraine is also contributing to the creation of a Single European Transport Area covering 1 billion people in the EU and the neighbouring countries.

The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service, is a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) that improves the accuracy and provides integrity to the GPS Signal over most of Europe.The EC owns and manages the EGNOS system. ESA is the EGNOS design agent under a delegation agreement with the EC. Similar services are provided in North America by the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), in Japan by the Multifunctional Satellite Augmentation System (MSAS) and in India by the GAGAN System. Other similar Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) are under study or development in other regions of the world. It is Europe's first venture into satellite navigation and a major stepping-stone towards Galileo, Europe's own global satellite navigation system for the future. Starting from 1st January 2014, EGNOS will be managed by the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

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