The Galileo programme is Europe's initiative for a state-of-the-art global satellite navigation system, providing a highly accurate global positioning service under civilian control. The fully deployed system will consist of 30 satellites and the associated ground infrastructure. Galileo will provide Europe with independence in satellite navigation but will also be inter-operable with GPS and GLONASS, the two other global satellite navigation systems.
In short, Galileo will offer greater:
Galileo will initially offer three high-performance navigation and positioning services from 2016 at the latest:
A Commercial Service that gives access to two additional encrypted signals is being tested since 2015 and will be provided when the system reaches full operational capability:
Together, these services can be used in a wide variety of applications including aviation, search and rescue, and agriculture.
The Galileo OS SIS ICD v1.2, published on 30 November 2015, is the latest version of the document. It contains:
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Paper copies are available on request by contacting the European Commission at email@example.com
Galileo, the Global Satellite Navigation Programme of the European Union, published a detailed description of the model used to compensate for the errors arising from interference when navigation signals broadcast by Galileo and other global satellite navigation systems such as GPS pass through the ionosphere.
Galileo, the EU's satellite navigation programme, placed two more satellites into orbit. The lift-off took place on 27 March at 22.46 CET from the European spaceport near Kourou in French Guiana. Signals proving that the satellites were positioned as expected have been received.
Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, commented: "We demonstrated again that Europe has state-of-the-art know-how, cutting edge technology, and the vision and determination to accomplish great things."
The “EU-U.S. Cooperation on Satellite Navigation, Working Group C-ARAIM Technical Subgroup, Milestone 2 Report” details further accomplishments in developing the concept of Advanced RAIM (ARAIM) as a future basis for multi-constellation support for global air navigation. It follows the release of the “Interim Report” - published in February 2013.
Many sectors of the European economy are increasingly reliant on satellite navigation services in transport, logistics, telecommunications, energy, and other applications. The market for satellite navigation services has been growing steadily and is expected to be worth EUR 250 billion per year by 2022. Today, around 6-7% of the EU economy is dependent on the availability of global navigation satellite signals.
Independent studies show that Galileo will deliver around €90 billion to the EU economy over the first 20 years of operations. This includes direct revenues for the space, receivers, and applications industries, and indirect revenues for society such as more effective transport systems, more effective rescue operations, etc.
The goal of the EU’s satellite navigation programmes (Galileo and EGNOS) is to:
The European Commission analyses the impact that satellite navigation has on competitiveness in four main segments of the EU economy: