Galileo, the European satellite navigation system, has been refurbished. You now have a new high-accuracy service that is freely available worldwide, providing a level of accuracy unmatched among commercial systems open to all users at large.
GPS’s European rival has several arguments for stripping it of that title. Over the years, Galileo has improved enough to become the benchmark. And now, according to ESA, Galileo is already the most advanced satellite navigation system in the world, with a Horizontal precision of 20 cm and vertical precision of 30 cm.
After several months of testing, this new high-precision system is now available for Galileo. “Galileo does not stop,” explains the Spanish Javier Benedicto, director of navigation at ESA. Although its accuracy has now improved, it is expected to improve further with the addition of more satellites. With our minds on the end of this decade and the launch of the second generation of Galileo satellites.
ESA boasts its satellites
Galileo It has 28 satellites and provides an accuracy of one meter for its open service, In the case of GPS we have an accuracy of 5 meters (or 30 centimeters in a limited way). Higher precision of 20 centimeters will be available for professional applications such as “agriculture, resource prospecting, land and hydrographic surveys as well as emerging areas such as robotics, autonomous driving of cars, trains, ships and drones and the marketing of augmented reality or satellites.” Formation flight”.
The new service also includes message improvements in the E6 band. This is an addition that is usually only found in high-end receivers and Now it will also do it through internetWhich will allow it to reach more users.
Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director of the European Space Agency (EUSPA), explains, “With this new high-precision service, Galileo becomes the first system capable of providing a high-precision service globally and directly in space and via the Internet. “
Corrections will be made to improve accuracy From the Galileo Control Center in Fucino, Italy. Once the corrections are analyzed and applied, they are transmitted in real time to all compatible receivers in a single 448 bits per second message.
This high precision will be delivered in two phases. The first which is already available and corrects some inaccuracies and the second, which will be introduced in Europe, which will take advantage of other control centers still being prepared.
ESA is proud that Galileo is the most accurate navigation system in the world Over 3,000 million users worldwide, A rival to GPS that was launched in 2016 and has allowed Europe to have its say in the race to offer the best satellite navigation.
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