ESA’s summer school to prepare students for Europe’s new navigation age

Galileo final constellation of 30 satellites
Galileo satnav system
23 March 2012

This is Europe’s new age of navigation, with the Galileo constellation taking shape in space and EGNOS guiding down a growing number of aircraft. ESA’s navigation summer school offers students from around the world a chance for a thorough grounding in satnav theory and practice.

This year’s ESA International Summer School on Global Navigation Satellite Systems runs from 16 to 26 July. It takes place across two locations in France: the Institut Superieur de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace(ISAE) in Toulouse hosts the first week, with events shifting to the historic Abbaye des Capucins in nearby Montauban for the second.

The event will provide a comprehensive understanding of the design and development of satnav systems, ranging from the satellites in space to supporting mission segments, the receivers relied on by service end-users and the development of new applications.

The school is open to graduate students, PhD candidates and young professionals from industry and national agencies seeking to broaden their knowledge.

ESA is organising the event together with ISAE and the Universitaet der Bundeswehr Muenchen (ISTA) in Germany, in cooperation with Stanford University in the US and Technical University Graz in Austria, with the support of the French space agency CNES and the City of Toulouse .

IOV assembled and tested by Thales Alenia Space
First Galileo satellite

Along with lectures on fundamental principles by leaders in the field, the summer school provides knowledge on current and future developments regarding technical issues such as integrity and performance augmentation, sensor fusion and indoor positioning and applications for transportation, environment, leisure and other services.

A project competition aims to encourage innovative ideas, supported by lectures on teamwork and leadership as well as on business and policy issues.

The programme also includes technical visits and a one-day visit to the Cité de l’espace theme park in Toulouse.

The school is part of ESA’s Education in Navigation programme – a joint venture between ESA’s Education Office and the Directorate of the Galileo Programme and Navigation-related Activities – which supports technical satnav training.

For more information, including how to apply, see the right-hand link.

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