With 26 Galileo satellites in orbit around Earth, delivering services to users worldwide, what comes next? The ESA programme generating exciting new ideas for navigation technology is hosting its first Industry Days at the Agency’s technical heart in the new year – and companies from ESA Member States are invited to attend.
ESA’s Navigation Innovation and Support Programme (NAVISP) is applying ESA’s hard-won expertise from Galileo and Europe’s EGNOS satellite augmentation system to new satellite navigation and – more widely – positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) challenges.
Since the start of the programme in early 2017 more than 40 contracts have been signed with industry and 30 are in the process of finalising, and starting to produce some exciting results. To find out about them, and learn about new research opportunities that the programme is opening up, come to the inaugural NAVISP Industry Days, taking place at ESA’s ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands on 17-18 January 2019.
The Industry Days will include a wide range of presentations on activities within the various elements covered by NAVISP.
For instance UK company Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd will present on satellite-based PNT infrastructure in low-Earth orbit, complementing traditional medium-Earth orbit satnav constellations. GMV in the UK will recount its work on using highly regular electromagnetic signals from pulsating ‘pulsar’ stars. Teleconsult Austria will demonstrate its satnav interference detection and analysis system.
The NAVISP Industry Days will also feature talks by well-known satnav and PNT experts, and the chance to speak directly with ESA’s NAVISP team.
Who can attend? NAVISP is comprised of three elements, and start-ups, small-medium companies, large space companies, universities, research institutions and public entities based within the participating states of each element are welcome.
Element 1 fosters new space based PNT technologies and concepts through R&D invitations to tender, with participating states Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Switzerland and UK.
Element 2 is boosting the market competitiveness of PNT products, with an Open Call through ESA’s online tendering system EMITS, with participating states Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and UK.
Element 3 is supporting the PNT national programmes of ESA Member States, with an Open Call through ESA’s online tendering system EMITS, with participating states Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Romania and UK.
To see the full agenda of the NAVISP Industry Days, and to register, click here.