The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) has been delegated responsibility for the Galileo service operations and initial services by the European Commission. In Europe, the GSA serves as the essential link between space technology and user needs, translating Galileo and EGNOS signals into valuable, reliable services for European citizens.
Within this role, the GSA is tasked with ensuring that the end user remains at the centre of European GNSS. To accomplish this, the GSA is in constant dialogue with user communities, industry and stakeholders. For instance, the GSA is closely working with chipset and receiver manufacturers to ensure all products are Galileo-capable. In addition to receiver manufacturers, the Agency is also working with the major user communities, such as maritime and rail stakeholders, so they can update their systems and be ready to use Galileo.
The GSA awarded a contract to the European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP) in 2013, to act as the single EGNOS Service Provider from 2014 until the end of 2021, with a clear mandate to help foster the use of satellite navigation in Europe.
The GSA’s mission is to support European Union objectives and achieve the highest return on European GNSS investment, in terms of benefits to users and economic growth and competitiveness, by:
- Designing and enabling services that fully respond to user needs, while continuously improving the European GNSS services and Infrastructure;
- Managing the provision of quality services that ensure user satisfaction in the most cost-efficient manner;
- Engaging market stakeholders to develop innovative and effective applications, value-added services and user technology that promote full European GNSS adoption;
- Ensuring that European GNSS services and operations are thoroughly secure, safe and accessible.
In so doing, the GSA aims to ensure that end users – European citizens – have the devices and applications they need to get the most out of Europe’s satellite navigation programmes. As Europe’s link between space technology and user needs, and in-line with Europe’s Space Policy, the Agency is committed to keeping the end-user at the centre of Galileo and EGNOS.
For more information, visit the GSA website.