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GRACE hosts UK ‘Growing Galileo’ event

The GNSS Research and Applications Centre of Excellence (GRACE) based at the University of Nottingham hosted the UK ‘Growing Galileo’ event. The event focused on access to new funding from the European GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) Supervisory Authority (GSA) for collaborative R&D projects under the European Framework 7 Programme (FP7). www.grace.ac.uk

Galileo gets military clearance

The European Parliament has opened the way for the civilian Galileo satellite system to be used for military and security purposes as part of a plan to improve the efficiency of defence communications It also called for more standardisation in communications and surveillance technology to get more from total defence spending of over€200bn a year, and “strongly requested” member states to focus their efforts on “common capabilities which can be used for both defence and security purposes”. This applied to satellitebased intelligence, surveillance and warning equipment, unmanned air vehicles, helicopters and telecommunication equipment and air and sea transport. In a statement the European Parliament said it considered it necessary to allow the use of the Galileo and GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) systems for security and defence purposes. Originally built to compete with the US’s Global Positioning System (GPS), Galileo has struggled to find commercial users. Parliamentarians also demanded a common technical standard for protected telecommunications and ways of protecting critical infrastructure. They were “deeply concerned about the lack of efficiency and co-ordination” in defence spending. They urged greater efforts to reduce unnecessary duplication between member states through specialisation, pooling and sharing of existing capabilities, and joint development of new ones. They said capability needs are often technologically very similar or identical for armed forces operations, border surveillance, protection of critical infrastructure and disaster management. This created opportunities to rationalised and enhance interoperability between armed forces and security forces, they said.
http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2009/02/20/234941/ galileo-gets-military-clearance.htm

Galileo Commercial Authorization

Receiver technology having Galileo capability to operate in the Galileo frequency bands and using information from the Galileo system for future operational satellites is restricted in the publicly available Galileo Open Service Signal-In-Space Interface Control Document (GAL OS SIS ICD) and is not currently authorized for commercial use. Receiver technology that tracks the GIOVE-A and GIOVE-B test satellites uses information that is unrestricted in the public domain in the GIOVE A + B Navigation Signals-In-Space Interface Control Document.

Receiver technology having developmental GIOVE-A and B capability is intended for signal evaluation and test purposes www.trimble.com/srv_new_era.shtml

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