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Galileo and Beyond: Navigating the Next Frontier in Satellite Navigation

Dr. José Ángel Ávila Rodríguez

head of the Security services of the 2nd generation Galileo system at the European Space Agency – ESA

The evolution of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) represents a significant chapter in the story of modern navigation. This lecture delves into the trajectory of GNSS development, with a particular focus on Galileo, the European GNSS, whose journey from skepticism to success is emblematic of the field’s complexities.

We delve into the current status of the Galileo constellation, highlighting its remarkable performance metrics in timeliness, accuracy, and sensitivity. Exploring the dimensions of GNSS performance lays the groundwork for envisioning the future of satellite navigation, with considerations extending to the operational requirements of 2040. Emphasizing the imperatives of compatibility and interoperability, we assess the truth behind the axiom “more satellites, better performance” within the context of multi-system GNSS and Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS).

The lecture further elucidates potential evolution drivers, encompassing concerns such as service sustainability, enhanced navigation and timing performance, and improved service in challenging environments. A comprehensive list of technologies poised to enable new capabilities includes advancements in electrical propulsion, space segment flexibility, and atomic clock technology. Throughout this exploration, the lecture underscores the ongoing imperative to advance GNSS technologies to meet evolving user needs, while simultaneously optimizing system operability and minimizing lifecycle costs. By charting the course of GNSS evolution, this lecture seeks to inform and inspire future efforts aimed at enhancing global navigation and positioning capabilities.

Kratek CV predavatelja:

Dr. José Ángel Ávila Rodríguez studied Telecommunications Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid between 1997 and 2001 when he went to Austria to finish his degree as Erasmus at the Polytechnic University of Vienna where he did his final year project at the Austrian Space Agency. From there he went to Germany in 2003 where he worked as a researcher in the Galileo Satellite Navigation project, and with his work he obtained a doctorate in Aerospace Engineering in 2008 for his work in defining Galileo signals. Indeed, José Ángel is one of the fathers of the Galileo signals that mobile phones receive today on any mobile phone and precisely for this reason he was recognized along with his work team in 2017 with the European Inventor Award by the European Patent Office. In 2019 he received the Cross of Aeronautical Merit by the Ministry of Defense of the Spanish government and has received several awards in recent years in the field of satellite navigation from the North American Navigation Institute. Since 2010 he has worked for ESA, until recently as head of the section in charge of system and security studies in the Second Generation of Galileo and since January 2024 as head of the Navigation R&D Program in the Agency’s Navigation Directorate European Space.

viš. pred. dr. Igor Petrović, Laboratorij za aeronavtiko (AEROL) 

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