everis coordinates European project to achieve an improvement on UAV performances through EGNOS and Galileo
everis Aerospace and Defense leads the consortium of companies that will develop GSA's (European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency) GAUSS project. Within the framework of H2020 and with a duration of 3 years, this initiative intends to improve both security and positioning features of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with the aid of EGNOS and Galileo systems.
Apart from everis Aerospace & Defense, who will play the role of coordinator, there will be other participants in the project, more precisely the IRI (Institut de Robòtica i Informática Industrial), the Cranfield University, the University of Seville and the companies RINA Consulting, Aratos Systems and Satways Ltd.
EGNOS and Galileo - opening the door to new drone applications
With European GNSS providing the positioning accuracy that drones need to operate safely, more and more drone-based applications are hitting the market. The GSA highlighted a number of these innovative services during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The integration of EGNOS and Galileo into drone and UAV technology enhances positioning and opens the door to a wide range of new applications and services. In fact, according to the latest edition of the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Market Report, by 2025 the installed base of GNSS devices in drones will reach 70 million – more than twice the sum of other professional market segments combined. But with this growing market comes growing concerns about how to ensure the safe operation of drones.
GAUSS Project gathers prominent European actors to analyse benefits of Galileo and EGNOS in operations with Unmanned Aircraft Systems
The GAUSS project, a GSA initiative coordinated by everis Aerospace, Defense, and Security (everis ADS), recently organised a workshop at the University of Cranfield (United Kingdom) to analyse the benefits of Galileo and EGNOS in the context of operations involving unmanned systems (UAS) and their air traffic management (in Europe, U-Space).
Together with the celebration of this workshop, another important milestone of the project was the signing of the EU U-space demonstrator network manifesto during the launch event on October 19th in Antwerp. This network, supported by the EC, EASA, SESAR JU, and Eurocontrol will become a forum to share knowledge on how to keep drone operations safe, secure, and green. It focuses specifically on relevant projects that, with a clear business case, build on mature technologies, but need some further operational and regulatory demonstrations before starting commercial operations
GSA references GAUSS within its portfolio
European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency has added GAUSS to its GNSS Project Portfolio including some project details; which increases awareness.
GSA highlights added value of GNSS of drones at WATM 2019
The added value of EGNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) for drones was the focus of a special session organised by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) at this year’s World ATM Congress in Madrid on 12 March, at which representatives from several projects spoke about how they are benefitting from the European space programme.
The GAUSS GSA-H2020 project was represented by Adrián Jiménez González from Everis Aerospace & Defence, which is chairing the new EUROCAE subgroup on Multi GNSS for UAS. He said that the integration of Galileo and EGNOS into drone technology is mainly focused on safety and security, thanks to the increased integrity and accuracy that they provide. This is particularly relevant given the growing popularity of drones, Jiménez González said. “Due to their growing popularity and usage, in the near future we will see hundreds of drones sharing airspace, making the added value of EGNOS and Galileo, specifically improved manoeuvring, and accurate positioning, all the more relevant for public and airspace safety,” he said.