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Project launched to determine benefits of EGNOS V3 high accuracy service

Friday, March 9, 2018

The European Commission, with the support of the GSA, is launching the EGNOSHA project to determine under what conditions it would be beneficial to implement an EGNOS high accuracy service in 2020-2035.

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) has appointed GMV, with support from ALPHA Consult and under the technical supervision of the European GNSS Agency (GSA), to carry out the study, during which users from the road, mapping, surveying and offshore sectors will be consulted, among others.

The EGNOS high accuracy service could provide centimetre-level accuracy, a fast convergence time and timely warnings in case integrity of the positioning service is lost. The project will identify user requirements, determine service provision requirements and assess how this service could complement the Galileo Commercial Service. GNSS users will be consulted to consolidate and validate user and service requirements for high accuracy. The outcomes of the EGNOSHA study will be available at the end of 2019 and contribute to the definition of potential evolutions of the EGNOS mission.

EGNOS currently provides augmentation to the Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Positioning Service (SPS). EGNOS augments GPS using the L1 Coarse/ Acquisition (C/A) civilian signal function by broadcasting correction data and integrity information for positioning and navigation applications over Europe. The next generation of EGNOS, EGNOS V3, will augment GPS and Galileo constellations in the L1/E1 and L5/E5a bands and will improve the accuracy and reliability of the positioning, navigation and timing information over Europe.

The study is fully financed by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation, within the budget allocated to the evolution of the EGNOS mission.

More information about the EGNOSHA tasks can be found here.