Europe’s flagship space programmes, Galileo and Copernicus, shared a stand and a stage at this year’s InterGEO event in Berlin.
On 13 October, the latest Copernicus Earth observation satellite was launched into space. Sentinel 5 Precursor – also known as Sentinel-5P – is the first Copernicus mission entirely dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere. It will contribute to aviation safety through volcanic ash monitoring, warn of high levels of UV radiation, and provide data about climate change and ozone holes.
The agenda items include an update on the Estonian Presidency work programme, information from the Commission on mid-term evaluation of GALILEO and EGNOS and of the European GNSS Agency, information from the Commission on the state of play of GNSS relations with South America and of negotiations with the USA and Norway on a PRS access agreement, as well as an examination of the revised version of the draft Council conclusions on the implementation of TEN-T and CEF – transport.
The first objective is to build and validate a dual frequency multipath model for aviation, which will be a fundamental element to provide navigation services through ARAIM and SBAS dual frequency. The second objective is to contribute to the preparation of the corresponding standards at the appropriate standardisation bodies. In this respect, standardisation activities in the frame of RTCA SC-159 and Eurocae WG-62, in which the European Commission and the European GNSS Agency are involved, are currently ongoing (update of minimum operational performance specification for Galileo/global positioning system/satellite-based augmentation system L1/L5 airborne equipment and standardisation of dual frequency multi-constellation SBAS receivers).
Update: the summary record is now available.
Broadcom Limited, a leading developer of digital and analogue semiconductor connectivity solutions, recently announced the launch of the world’s first mass-market, dual frequency GNSS receiver device for smartphones, the BCM47755.
The draft minutes have been revised. The agenda includes items in climate & energy, environment and digital policy.
The new features of the latest iPhone, launched on September 13, include built-in support for the European Galileo satellite system, among other GNSS. This multi-constellation support means that the new phones will offer more accurate positioning, making it harder for iPhone users to get lost, wherever they are.
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