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TAS entrusted by ESA for prototype of ground station for EGNOS

To support critical positioning applications and increase signal performances and integrity

Thales Alenia Space (TAS), a joint-venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), has been selected by ESA (European Space Agency) in the frame of the Horizon 2020 program, for a new contract to design and develop a prototype of the next generation of ground station for the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), called NLES-Next (Navigation Land Earth Station).

The NLES is the EGNOS uplink station endorsing the task of its Signal In Space generation that is used by EGNOS to support critical positioning applications like aircraft navigation and landing. This element is a major contributor to the overall system performances.

In the fast evolving and increasingly challenging positioning applications that could benefit from EGNOS capabilities, the NLES modernization is a key enabler.

Through this contract, Thales Alenia Space will offer a new generation NLES prototype embracing modularity, flexibility, scalability, and a high level of segregation to incrementally support new services like EGNOS data authentication or Integrity for High Accuracy Service. It will also exhibit boosted robustness at cyber security, and SiS levels to face new threats sources, thus unlocking the potential of the overall system to support a wide range of applications: from civil aviation, to rail, road, maritime, and from Safety of Life (SoL) service to non-SoL service.

EGNOS, flagship program of the EU, is the European satellite navigation system, designed to improve positioning messages from GPS (Global Positioning System). First deployed in 2005, with its open service operational since 2009, the current system was developed by Thales Alenia Space as prime-contractor and is managed by EUSPA since 2014.

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