Development of a drone-borne Galileo receiver

European GNSS, EGNOS and Galileo, provides significant added value to drone navigation, positioning and related applications, and the use of their differentiators will be instrumental in opening up new business opportunities.

RPAS are becoming the 3rd GNSS market segment for device shipments according to the last GSA market report. Drones generally integrate GNSS solutions in an effort to navigate efficiently and safely.

Within this context, there is a Call for Proposals recently opened under the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Fundamental Elements funding mechanism. This Call for Proposals is targeting the development of a drone-borne low-cost double-frequency Galileo multi-constellation receiver, integrated with INS (inertial navigation system) and other sensors. The technology should be at a sufficient level of maturity (technology readiness level 7).

Fundamental Elements call, at a Glance :

  • Title: Development of a drone-borne double frequency Galileo receiver     
  • Budget: €1,500,000
  • Indicative number of projects: up to 2 projects
  • Deadline for applications: 2 March 2020  

The call aims at delivery of a robust navigation solution, including integrity requirements for operations, that leverages Galileo differentiators such as OS Authentication and High Accuracy. The solution should be validated in a representative environment for the target operations. This includes conducting flight tests and analysing the performances obtained from a Galileo-only constellation and comparing these with those coming from multi-constellation mode.

For more information on this call, click here.