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A seminar on Galileo and EGNOS, the satellite navigation systems which are increasingly being used in the European Union, is to be held in Vilnius on 27 March 2019. Practical application of these systems in various domains such as transport, agriculture, and etc. will be discussed during the event. Experts from Lithuania and abroad will share their insights.
At the event, speakers from the European GNSS Agency (GSA), the European Commission, the Emergency Response Centre (Lithuania), the Lithuanian Space Science and Technology Institute and the State Enterprise Oro navigacija will discuss the technological revolution brought about by the satellite navigation system, Galileo, and the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service, EGNOS, and give practical examples of how these systems can benefit each of us.
“By cooperating with GSA and applying cutting-edge technologies, we expect both to increase safety and efficiency of flights and to promote innovation in the transport sector and other domains. We want our experts to become familiar with opportunities to adapt the satellite-based services to their own field. We want to keep the system of communications modern and be proud of that the economy of Lithuania can create high added value“, says Rokas Masiulis, Minister of Transport and Communications of Lithuania.
Launched into operation in 2016, the European satellite navigation system, Galileo, has been developed by the European Union as a counterweight to the U.S. GPS (Global Positioning System) and the Russian GLONASS (Globalnaya navigatsionnaya sputnikovaya sistema). Galileo will complement these systems and increase greatly the accuracy of the positioning service on and above the Earth. At present more than 600 million people in the world are using smart phones that support the Galileo system.
The aim of the EGNOS Programme is to improve the quality of open signals from GPS as well as those from the open service developed under the Galileo Programme. One of the practical examples of adaptation of EGNOS system is application in aviation. In guided approach services, EGNOS provides an augmentation signal to the GPS data. Although the EGNOS-based approaches are similar to the Instrument Landing System procedures applied in many international airports, the EGNOS service requires no expensive ground infrastructure.
The EGNOS signal will soon be applied in the Lithuanian aviation sector. Last autumn SE Oro navigacija signed a working agreement with the EGNOS Service Provider, ESSP, established by seven European air navigation service providers. The agreement will allow us to use a high-precision satellite signal for approach procedures and thus increase the safety of flights. The EGNOS service is expected to be started this year. In airports of Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga the EGNOS procedures will be applied in addition to other procedures being used.
“Aiming at becoming the region’s innovation leader, we are pleased to contribute to the EU Space Programme. Seeking for widest application of the EGNOS service in aviation, in the near future we will introduce this service, beneficial to pilots, in the Lithuanian airports”, says Mindaugas Gustys, CEO of Oro navigacija.
“This is a significant milestone for Lithuania which will contribute to aviation security enhancement in Lithuanian airports and to wider implementation of the EGNOS service in the entire Baltic Region”, says Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director of GSA.
“Seminar on Europe’s satellite navigation programmes: EGNOS and Galileo. How are they benefitting Lithuania?”, which is to take place in the Lithuanian capital, will be organised by the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation, the European GNSS Agency (GSA), and the SE Oro navigacija.
Participants of the event will be greeted by Rokas Masiulis, Lithuanian Minister of Transport and Communications; Arnoldas Pranckevičius, Head of the European Commission Representation in Lithuania; Gintaras Vilda, Lithuanian Vice-Minister of the Economy and Innovation; Edvinas Kerza, Lithuanian Vice-Minister of National Defence; Carlo des Dorides, Chief Executive of GSA, and Mindaugas Gustys, CEO of SE Oro navigacija.
More information on the event: https://www.ans.lt/en/projects-t/egnos-familiarisation-event-march-27-2019/
On the Galileo Programme: https://youtu.be/wfeHzAnhdtA
On the EGNOS Programme: https://youtu.be/WpQ6er_VjQY
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