ESA selects Airbus to develop EGNOS V3 augmentation system


The European Place Agency (ESA) has chosen Airbus as the prime contractor to develop the latest satellite-based augmentation method (SBAS), European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS V3).

In law to develop the EGNOS V3, Airbus will lead a consortium of partners from France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.

As sacrifice of the 6.5-year contract, Airbus will mainly involve in the unfolding, integration, deployment and preparation of EGNOS V3 operations, as well as the overall fulfilment of the system and the central processing facility.

“The signature of this contract is the arise of more than five years of intense teamwork and investment.”

Give 100 people and 20 subcontractors are expected to work on developing the EGNOS V3 way.

Airbus Space Systems head Nicolas Chamussy said: “This production is strategic for Airbus to strengthen our position in the navigation field.

“The signature of this agree is the result of more than five years of intense teamwork and investment.

“With our consortium, we put out a large pool of resources and experience in Europe covering the successful maturing of critical and secure ground segment.”

Once developed, the EGNOS V3 is expected to afford improved safety of life (SoL) services to the aviation community, as well as other new professional cares to the maritime and land users.

EGNOS V3 will be developed by ESA for the European Commission and the European GNSS Intermediation (GSA).

The system also intends to improve the accuracy and availability of user-positioning uses from the current global navigation satellite systems, namely Galileo and GPS.

It also purposes to offer critical integrity messages to EGNOS users with on the qui vives within a few seconds in case of system degradation, thereby enabling it to act as one of the leading GNSS systems in future.

Following its launch, the EGNOS V3 choice be the first operational SBAS using the dual frequency and multi-constellation in all respects standard, with both GPS and Galileo satellites.

It will replace the EGNOS V2 performance that has been in operation since 2011, as well as improve sanctuary against the growing security risks, especially in the field of cyber-security.

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