System and programme
- What is Galileo?
- What does Galileo consist of?
- Why does Europe need Galileo?
- Who is involved in Galileo?
- What is the socio-economic impact of Galileo?
- What is the added value of Galileo with respect to other GNSS?
- When will Galileo reach the Final Operational Capability (FOC)?
- Do I have to pay for Galileo services?
- Who operates the Galileo system?
- When will I be able to use Galileo?
- How many satellites will Galileo have?
- What is multi-constellation capacity?
- How is Galileo performing?
- Where can I find official Galileo programme documentation?
- Which are the expected performances of Galileo once fully deployed?
- Is Galileo compatible with the American GPS? and with other GNSS?
- Can you use satellite navigation indoors?
- Who can I contact for more information about Galileo and its services?
- What is the Galileo Open Service?
- What is the Galileo Open Service Navigation Message Authentication?
- Why do we need Galileo OSNMA?
- What do we need to use Galileo OSNMA?
- What is the OSNMA IDD?
- How do we use Galileo OSNMA Service?
- How does the authentication process work?
- How do we obtain the OSNMA Public Key?
- How do we install the updated Public Key on our receiver?
- How do I obtain the OSNMA digital certificates?
- Which are the benefits of using Galileo OSNMA?
- What if we do not need Galileo OSNMA?
- What is the Galileo Authentication concept?
- What is the Galileo Public Regulated Service?
- What is the Galileo High Accuracy Service?
- What applications does the Galileo HAS enable?
- What products does Galileo HAS provide?
- How does the Galileo HAS improve user accuracy?
- Which signals does the Galileo HAS support?
- How does the Galileo HAS deliver the corrections?
- Where can I find the Galileo codes over E6-B defined?
- What do I need to use the Galileo HAS?
- Where can I find the specifications, structure and contents of HAS E6-B signal?
- Where can I use the Galileo HAS?
- What are the phases planned for Galileo HAS implementation?
- What is the typical Galileo HAS positioning accuracy?
- What will be the typical Galileo HAS convergence time?
- What is the typical Galileo HAS availability?
- How can I find out more about Galileo HAS?
- What is the Galileo Authentication concept?
- What is the Galileo Search and Rescue service?
- What are the Galileo Initial Services?
- When do you expect all Galileo services to be available?
- What is the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC)?
- How can I contact and get support from GSC?
- Which kind of services can I obtain from GSC?
- What is a NAGU?
- Where can I find information about the Galileo constellation status?
- What are the Galileo Almanacs?How do I use them?
- How can I test if my smartphone is receiving Galileo signals?
- What are the Galileo Satellite Metadata? How do I use them?
- Is the GSC services portfolio offered to users going to increase? How?
- How do I know if my equipment is Galileo enabled?
- Are there multi-constellation receivers capable of using GPS, Galileo, Glonass and others?
- Can I use Galileo on my mobile phone?
- Can I use Galileo in my car?
- Where can companies get information to help them develop products and services to take advantage of Galileo signals?
- Can I use Galileo enabled devices in other regions of the world?
Galileo is the European Union's Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS). Like the other global systems, Galileo provides radio signals for position, navigation and timing purposes. When completed, Galileo will offer the following services: Open Service, Public Regulated Service, Search and Rescue Service, High Accuracy Service, and Commercial Authentication Service. Click here for more information.
What is Galileo?
The Galileo system is composed of three segments:
Space segment: The Galileo Space Segment consists of a constellation of satellites transmitting navigation signals providing user access to the Galileo services. The baseline constellation configuration is defined as 24/3/1 Walker constellation. 24 nominal Medium Earth Orbit satellites are arranged in 3 orbital planes.
Ground segment: The Galileo Ground Segment includes both the Ground Control Segment (GCS) and the Ground Mission Segment (GMS) and it encompasses the following infrastructures:
• Two Galileo Control Centres (GCC)
• A worldwide network of Galileo Sensor Stations (GSS).
• A worldwide network of Galileo Uplink Stations (ULS).
• A worldwide network of Telemetry, Tracking & Control stations (TTC stations).
User segment: Different GNSS receivers and devices, which receive the Galileo Signal In Space (SiS).
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European GNSS Service Centre (GSC)
Space is big business. The space sector is worth between €46-54 billion to the EU economy and provides over 230,000 jobs in the EU. What’s more, the global GNSS market is expected to grow from 5.8 billion devices in 2017 to an estimated 8 billion by 2020, with 7.5 billion apps using GNSS. Thanks to this growth, the GNSS downstream market is expected to generate over EUR 70 billion in revenue annually, which more than doubles when revenue from added-value services is included.
With its own GNSS system in Galileo, Europe is at the forefront of these developments. The European research and development and industrial sectors are able to leverage Galileo’s increased accuracy in countless products and services, creating added value for the European economy and improving the lives of European citizens.
It is also important to remember that, unlike other global satellite navigation systems, Galileo is a civilian system – it was conceived with service provision to end users at its core. This is an important distinction, especially as our dependence on GNSS continues to increase.
Galileo is a joint initiative of the European Commission, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme and the European Space Agency.
The Galileo programme is owned by the European Union (EU).
The European Commission has overall responsibility for the programme, managing and overseeing the implementation of all activities on behalf of the EU.
Galileo's design, deployment, evolutions of the system and the technical development of infrastructure are entrusted to the European Space Agency (ESA).
The Commission has delegated the operational management of the programme to EUSPA, which oversees how Galileo infrastructure is used and ensures that Galileo services are delivered as planned and without interruption.
The benefits of Galileo can be measured by their socio-economic impact on users, society and the environment.
Users will benefit from more reliable and accurate positioning, aiding their navigation, especially in cities and built-up areas. Features like the Galileo Search and Rescue service and integration into the eCall system will reduce emergency service response time in the case of distress or accidents.
Also, Galileo's accurate timing will help make synchronisation of banking and financial transactions more resilient as well as those used in telecommunication and energy distribution networks that power the World economy.
Use of satellite navigation has helped drive world economic growth, particularly in high-tech industries, and experts predict that the global satellite navigation market will itself grow by more than 8% up until 2019. The additional resiliency provided by Galileo as the third global system, after GPS and GLONASS, is expected to enable a range of new applications and services that will benefit from increased positioning reliability and further drive economic growth in Europe and beyond.
The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) has conducted additional assessments that show significant economic and environmental benefits from Galileo and GNSS use in the decade to come.
Who is using Galileo today?
Europe is the only region worldwide developing a global civil-based GNSS initiative. Galileo programme stands alone as the world’s unique option for GNSS under civilian control. This is an important differentiator with regard to other GNSS systems, especially relevant when considering that the world’s dependence on GNSS is continuously increasing.
With Galileo constellation available, there are more GNSS satellites usable, meaning more accurate and reliable positioning and timing synchronization that can be globally achieved by the end users. This is especially relevant in higher latitudes where Galileo offers better coverage than other GNSS systems.
In addition, Galileo offers other added value services devoted to improving the performances at user level. To be remarked, Galileo allows:
• Positioning accuracy down to decimetre level.
• Robust positioning through the authentication of the navigation data.
• Resistance to interference (jamming and spoofing) and high resilience.
• Introduction of a return link for Search and Rescue operations.
Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR)
Galileo performance will gradually be improved and new services will be introduced as further spacecraft are launched.
Galileo Initial Services was the first step towards its Full Operational Capability, meanwhile Galileo has grown and is serving already 2 billion phones, over 15 million cars, as well as delivering crucial information for emergency services. The performance of Galileo has been gradually improving as additional satellites have been added to the constellation. Upon completion, users will benefit from its full first-class performance, reliability and coverage.
The Galileo Services are free of charge and once the system becomes fully operational the Open Service and Search and Rescue Service will continue to be provided on a free-of-charge basis. The future High Accuracy Service (HAS) will also be offered free of charge.
Commercial Authentication Service (CAS) may be offered on a commercial basis, but this has still to be defined.
Is Galileo free?
While the European Commission is ultimately responsible for the Galileo programme, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is responsible for deploying the system and providing technical support for operational tasks, in addition to service provision and market development.
In this way, EUSPA serves as the link between the satellites in space and the end user.
If you have a Galileo-enabled device, then you are already benefitting from Galileo’s added accuracy. Since Initial Services were launched in 2016, users around the world with Galileo enabled devices are being guided with positioning, navigation and timing information provided by Galileo.
Click here to find out if your device is Galileo-enabled.
Once the Galileo constellation reaches Full Operational Capability (FOC) it will consist of 30 satellites. The constellation will contain 24 operational satellites and auxiliary satellites not part of the baseline constellation. From most locations, six to eight satellites will always be visible, allowing positions and timing to be determined very accurately to within a few centimetres. Interoperability with other GNSS increases the reliability of Galileo services.
The next launches are planned from late 2021 onwards. In a first phase, this will re-enforce the constellation with the deployment of auxiliary satellites. After this, subsequent launches will be used for constellation replenishment purposes.
Galileo is interoperable with other Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as GPS, Russia’s GLONASS and China’s BeiDou. Receivers with multi-constellation capacity are able to combine signals from different constellations to provide greater positioning accuracy.
To further increase the level of Galileo integration, EUSPA works directly with chipset and receiver manufacturers through technology workshops, sharing Galileo updates, co-marketing efforts, and dedicated funding for receiver development projects and studies.
To learn more about multi-constellation, watch this video:
To find out if your receiver is Galileo-enabled, click here
Galileo’s performance has been excellent! Since the launch of Initial Services, the measured Galileo Open Service and Search and Rescue Service performance figures have comfortably exceeded the Minimum Performance Level thresholds set down in their respective Service Definition Documents.
To keep you up to date on Galileo’s performance, the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) issues quarterly reports on Galileo OS and SAR performance, these can be found on the GSC website.
All the official programme documentation related to Galileo is published in the Programme reference documentation section on the GSC website. All the documents published in this section should be used as the reference arranged/listed by service (i.e Open Service, High Accuracy Service...)
Expected performances of Galileo once the Full Operational Capability is reached, can be found in Annex D of the Open Service-Service Definition Document (OS SDD). In this section, the performance evolution is shown including Full Operational Capability with 24 satellites.
Galileo is fully interoperable with GPS, and their combined use will bring many benefits to the end user. Galileo satellites will offer more usable satellites, meaning more accurate and reliable positioning and timing synchronization for end users. Navigation in cities or in complex environments, where satellite signals can often be blocked by buildings, tunnels or cut-offs, will be particularly benefitted from the higher number of satellites in view.
Galileo's accurate timing capability will also contribute to enabling more robust, reliable, efficient and resilient synchronisation for critical user’s domains as banking and financial transactions, telecommunication and energy distribution networks.
Galileo is designed to be fully interoperable with the rest of the GNSS constellations.
Is Galileo the same as GPS?
When used in combination with other Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Galileo significantly improves accuracy in challenging environments, including urban canyons and indoors. What’s more, in combination with other networks, such as 5G for example, Galileo provides the accuracy, ubiquity and security needed to support seamless indoor-outdoor navigation solutions.
The European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) is available to help all Galileo users. The GSC Helpdesk can be reached at https://www.gsc-europa.eu/helpdesk
The Galileo Open Service is a free mass market service for positioning, navigation and timing that can be used by Galileo enabled chipsets in smartphones or car navigation systems, for example.
Galileo Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA) is a free authentication service, available worldwide to allow users to verify whether the navigation message is received by a genuine Galileo satellite. Authentication information is provided through the E1-B component.
Spoofing attacks use false GNSS signals to trick GNSS receivers into false positioning and timing solutions, without the user noticing it.
Spoofing is a sophisticated form of interfering and falsifying satellite navigation signals (GNSS). During a spoofing attack, a ‘’spoofer’’ uses a radio transmitter to generate fake GNSS signals and can fool a smartphone into showing its current location in the middle of the ocean while the smartphone user is climbing a mountain.
GNSS signal falsification can have serious impacts on applications and market sectors that rely on precise navigation and time such as aviation, maritime or drones. For instance, erroneous data of a vessel’s position, speed and direction poses real threats to its own operations but also to surrounding ships, especially those carrying dangerous goods.
In recent years, spoofing attacks are increasing in number due to the availability of low-cost hardware and software to generate GNSS-like signals.
OSNMA will allow authenticating the navigation data by means of a “digital signature”. However, it should be kept in mind that authentication does not prevent the occurrence of all kinds of spoofing, and does not protect against jamming. Nonetheless, this added layer of protection proposes to be one step ahead of evolving technological trends by amplifying the system’s overall robustness and resilience.
Galileo OS receivers will require an additional firmware/software to:
- Retrieve the OSNMA dedicated fields in the navigation message.
- Process these data to confirm whether the data is authentic.
- Implement a time synchronization requirement to ensure that the receiver is synchronised with the Galileo System Time (GST) from below 15 seconds to a few minutes, depending on the operating mode, before receiving and processing OSNMA information.
- Maintain the integrity of the stored OSNMA cryptographic material (no confidentiality applies).
In addition, the receiver will need the public key, which can be updated when necessary through the OSNMA Internet Data Distribution Interface and the SIS.
The OSNMA Internet Data Distribution (IDD) Interface provides the information required to access and retrieve the cryptographic OSNMA data available at the GSC (Public Key, Merkle Tree, ICA) and RCA and SCA certificates available at the EUSPA website
In order to access the OSNMA IDD Interface (GSC website and SFTP) the user shall register to the OSNMA Public Observation Phase.
Further details are provided in the OSNMA IDD ICD (link).
Once the Galileo OS receiver is enabled with the required additional capabilities, the receiver will receive the navigation data and the corresponding OSNMA data (tag, TESLA chain key and TESLA root key). All this information together with the Public Keys is used and needed to authenticate the navigation message. If the result of the process is successful the user shall consider the navigation data as authentic.
The authentication process, including receiver requirements needed to implement OSNMA, is described in the Galileo OSNMA Receiver Guidelines (link)
The OSNMA-enabled receiver receives the navigation data and the corresponding OSNMA data (tag, TESLA chain key and TESLA root key). The tag authenticates the navigation data transmitted before the tag and is received before its associated TESLA chain key. The receiver authenticates the TESLA chain key with the TESLA root key or with a previously authenticated key from the TESLA chain. The TESLA root key is authenticated by means of its digital signature using a Public Key that shall be available to the receiver. Finally, the receiver re-generates locally the tag with the verified TESLA chain key and the navigation data, and checks whether it matches the received tag.
To ensure the security of the TESLA protocol and guarantee the authenticity of the data, the receiver must ensure it has received the navigation data and associated tag before the corresponding TESLA chain key is disclosed by the system. This implies that the receiver must be synchronised with a given accuracy with the Galileo System Time (GST) before receiving and processing OSNMA information. The time synchronisation requirement TL is set to 30 sec. If the receiver verifies this condition, all tags for all authentication types can be used. For further details, please refer to Annex C in the Galileo OSNMA Receiver Guidelines (link).
If the condition is not verified, slow MACs, i.e. messages whose associated TESLA chain key is transmitted with an extra delay, may be exploited. A receiver synchronised to GST with an accuracy better than TL + 300 sec, can process slow MAC with a 10 sub-frame delay (ADKD12).
In case none of the above conditions are met, the OSNMA protocol shall not be used.
The authentication process is described in the Galileo Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA) Info Note (link). Further details are provided in the OSNMA SIS ICD (link) and receiver guidelines (link).
The receiver must be provided with the Public Key to be able to authenticate the OSNMA data received from the SIS. The Public Key is available at the OSNMA IDD Interface. There the user can find the applicable OSNMA key material and related information: Message ID, Public Key ID, Public Key Point, Public Key Curve and the Public Key (.pem and .xml format together with their associated md5 checksum file).
In order to access the OSNMA IDD Interface (GSC website and SFTP), the user shall register to the OSNMA Public Observation Phase. Further details are provided in the OSNMA IDD ICD (link).
The OSNMA provides the capability to retrieve the Public Key from the SIS as explained in the next FAQ.
Installing and storing the verified Public Key in the user receiver is also known as “receiver initialisation” and consists in installing and storing in the receiver the cryptographic material required to access OSNMA. This is a one-off operation, requiring a connection to the OSNMA IDD Interface that supplies the necessary material. It is anticipated that this operation shall only be performed by the receiver manufacturers and advanced users such as application developers, but remains invisible to “standard” end users.
On the other hand, updating the Public Key may happen several times in the receiver lifetime for example, when Public Keys have been revoked, expired, or otherwise regenerated. There are two methods to perform the reinstallation to the user receiver:
- Through Public Key Renewal transmitted as part of the SIS authentication data (DSM-PKR message). This is the nominal procedure, ensuring no required intervention and no service interruption for end users. In addition to this procedure, it is planned to broadcast the active Public Key with a low frequency, even when it is not renewed or revoked, to support users that missed the previous Public Key update. In order to verify the Public Keys transmitted in the SIS the user shall have the Merkle tree root, that is also provided in the OSNMA Internet Data Distribution Interface.
- By accessing the OSNMA Internet Data Distribution Interface, which will keep the history of the Public Keys status (this method is expected to be used by receiver manufacturers or advanced users, e.g. for preparation of firmware updates).
For further details, refer to 5.4 in the Receiver Guidelines (link).
The OSNMA digital certificates belong to a chain of digital certificates with three levels: RCA (Root Certificate Authority), SCA (Subsidiary Certificate Authority) and ICA (Issuing Certificate Authority).
The ICA certificate can be found in the OSNMA IDD, meanwhile SCA and RCA certificates are published on the EUSPA website.
Further details are provided in the OSNMA IDD ICD (link).
When using Galileo OSNMA Service, the user can be sure that the data received in the GNSS receiver come from a Galileo satellite and not from any other source, for example a malicious spoofer, or a testbed broadcasting Galileo-like signals by mistake. Thanks to Galileo OSNMA, users will be able to calculate positioning and timing with authenticated data with performance equal to the one obtained with the Galileo Open Service (OS). In addition to data authentication, Galileo OSNMA adds unpredictability to the Galileo signal, making it more difficult to replay.
Using previously reserved fields of the I/NAV message, OSNMA does not introduce any overlay to the system, thus the OS navigation performance remains untouched. Furthermore, this design ensures full backward compatibility, and standard OS receivers can continue ignoring the OSNMA dedicated fields of I/NAV and keep functioning with the same performance level. Only OSNMA ready receivers will decode these fields and be able to authenticate Galileo navigation data.
In Galileo, authentication will be offered in two ways:
- OSNMA will provide users with a mean to validate that the received Navigation Message was generated by the Galileo Ground Segment. It is to be noted that additionally to the authentication capability, the insertion of OSNMA data within I/NAV increases the unpredictability of I/NAV data stream. The receiver can use the unpredictability to make the signals more robust against replay attacks.
- Commercial Authentication Service (CAS) provides a positioning domain capability to be offered to the users to enable the authentication of the user position. This capacity will increase the degree of trust on the services based on Galileo positioning and the robustness against spoofing of Galileo signals. The purpose of this service is to satisfy the demand of GNSS users and applications of a trusted navigation solution provided by GNSS systems.
The Public Regulated Service is for government authorised users, such as civil protection, fire brigades, customs officers and the police. It is particularly robust and fully encrypted to provide service continuity in national emergencies or crisis situations, such as terrorist attacks. Click here for more information
The Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS) is a free high-accuracy positioning service for applications requiring higher accuracy than that offered by the Galileo Open Service.
The Galileo HAS provides precise corrections (orbit, clock, biases) transmitted in the Galileo E6 signal (E6-B, data component) from a subset of the Galileo satellites as well as via internet, allowing the user to achieve improved positioning performance.
The precise corrections provided by the HAS allow users to reduce the error associated with the orbit and clocks provided through the Galileo Open Service broadcast navigation messages and the GPS Standard Positioning Service navigation data. These corrections, together with the biases provided by the service and when processed by an appropriate algorithm, enable the computation of a High Accuracy PVT solution in real-time.
The Galileo HAS Initial Service provides the HAS Service Level 1 (described below) with reduced coverage and performance with respect to the Full Service objectives as enabled by the current Galileo infrastructure (e.g. Galileo Sensor Stations – GSS – network). With respect to the products expected as part of the HAS Full Service SL1 (see below), it is to be noted that phase biases are not yet provided.
In the future, the Galileo HAS Full Service will provide two different service levels:
- Service Level 1 (SL1):
- Service area: global coverage.
- Products (correction types): orbits and clocks corrections and code and phase biases.
- Delivery channels: HAS Signal-In-Space (SIS) and HAS Internet Data Distribution Interface (IDD).
- Accuracy target (95%): 20cm (horizontal) / 40cm (vertical).
- Availability target: 99%.
- Convergence time target: 300 seconds.
- Service Level 2 (SL2):
- Service area: regional coverage (the European Coverage Area – ECA).
- Products (correction types): SL1 products and atmospheric corrections.
- Delivery channels: HAS SIS and IDD.
- Accuracy target (95%): 20cm (horizontal) / 40cm (vertical).
- Availability target: 99%.
- Convergence time target: 100 seconds.
The target markets identified for Galileo HAS include: geomatics, agriculture, aviation, road, consumer solutions, rail, maritime, inland waterways and space applications.
The Galileo HAS Initial Service is based on the provision of the following information required to estimate an accurate positioning solution using a Precise Point Positioning Algorithm, mainly:
- Satellite orbit corrections to the broadcast ephemeris;
- Satellite clock corrections to the broadcast ephemeris;
- Satellite code biases.
Additional information may be provided in the future as part of the HAS service evolutions towards the HAS Full Operational capability.
The Galileo HAS real-time orbit and clock corrections, and signal biases allow reducing GNSS errors using Precise Point Positioning (PPP) techniques.
The HAS corrections are applicable to the following Galileo and GPS navigation messages and signals:
- Galileo I/NAV navigation message and Galileo E1/E5b/E5a/E6 signals;
- GPS LNAV navigation message and GPS L1/L2C signals.
Future service evolutions will correct additional signals, as Galileo E5 AltBOC and GPS L5.
HAS corrections are transmitted in the Galileo E6 signal (E6-B, data component) from a subset of the Galileo satellites as well as via Internet.
The Galileo E6-B codes are described here.
You need a compatible Galileo-enabled receiver capable of receiving, decoding and properly applying (refer to the corresponding interface control documents) the HAS corrections from the Signal-In-Space (SIS) or the Internet Data Distribution (IDD) interface. Additionally, in order to compute a HAS positioning solution, an appropriate PPP user algorithm is required.
Galileo HAS ICD was published in May 2022.
The HAS service area is defined in the HAS Service Definition Document (SDD). The use of HAS outside the defined service is possible although the observed performance may differ with respect to the one described in the HAS SDD.
The implementation of the Galileo HAS is following a staggered approach based on the three phases. Phase 0 for Testing and Experimentation, Phase 1 – Initial Service and Phase 2- Full Service for full SL1 and SL2 provision.
The Phase 0 activities were conducted in 2021 and the first half of 2022. Following their completion, Galileo engaged in HAS Initial Service validation activities which lead to the HAS Initial Service declaration as of 24th of January 2023. Hence, the Phase 1 of the HAS implementation is currently ongoing.
Future evolutions of the service will progressively improve the performance currently delivered by the HAS Initial Service towards the achievement of the HAS Full service objectives (Phase 2).
The currently supported typical positioning performance is described in the HAS Service Definition Document. In its full operational capability, Galileo HAS will support 20cm and 40cm (percentile 95) horizontally and vertically respectively.
In its Full Operational capability, the HAS convergence time will be less than 300 seconds for SL1 and less than 100 seconds for SL2.
The currently supported availability of corrections is described in the HAS Service Definition Document (SDD), which also describes the typical availability of positioning.
The HAS Full service will support, both for SL1 and SL2, a service availability above 99%.
In Galileo, authentication will be offered in two ways:
• Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA) that will make use of enhanced modulations (BOC variants) and encryption/authentication techniques to provide robustness against jamming and spoofing. As per the OS-NMA, it will provide users with a mean to validate that the received Navigation Message was generated by the Galileo Ground Segment.
• Commercial Authentication service (CAS) is understood as the ability to provide a level of guarantee to users regarding the use of signals and data from actual Galileo satellites and not from any other source. This capacity will increase the degree of trust on the services based on Galileo positioning and prevent spoofing of Galileo signals, which may lead to committing fraud. The purpose of this service is to satisfy the demand of GNSS users and applications of a trusted navigation solution provided by GNSS systems.
The Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) service is Europe's contribution to an international emergency beacon locating system called "Cospas-Sarsat". Galileo is the first satellite constellation to offer global SAR capability and significantly reduces the time needed to accurately locate a distress beacon. Galileo SAR also contains a unique return link that lets users know that their distress signal has been received and that help is on the way. Click here for more information.
Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR)
Launched in December 2016, Galileo Initial Services are the first step towards full operational capability, marking the transition from deployment and testing to operations. This means that all mass-market devices containing a Galileo-enabled chipset, such as smartphones and vehicle navigation devices, are able to use Galileo signals for positioning, navigation and timing.
The Initial Services offered by Galileo are Open Service, the Public Regulated Service (PRS) and the Search and Rescue Service (SAR). Click here for more information.
With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services, the European Union announced that the Galileo satellites and ground infrastructure are ready for use. The conditions under which the Galileo Initial Services are being delivered, including their expected performance (accuracy, etc.) and availability, are published on the Galileo Open Service-Service Definition Document (OS SDD). Galileo Initial Services will evolve in accordance with the infrastructure deployment until the Full Operational Capability (FOC) is achieved. As a consequence, specific releases of the Service Definition Documents (OS SDD) will be issued to properly take into account such evolutions in future service declaration milestones.
All of Galileo’s services will be available once the satellite constellation and ground infrastructure are completed, which is expected to happen by 2020. This will allow the full Galileo performance to be achieved and with maximum availability.
The European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) is set to be an integral part of the European GNSS infrastructure and provides the single interface between the Galileo system and the users of the Galileo Open Service (OS), High Accuracy Service (HAS) and Commercial Authentication Service (GSC).
The GSC is conceived as a centre of expertise, knowledge sharing, custom performance assessment, information dissemination and support to the provision of value-added services enabled by Galileo.
To get support from GNSS Service Centre you will need to register in the GSC website. Afterwards, any question or doubt can be raised using the Galileo Help Desk Contact Form.
The functionality and services currently offered by GSC are:
- Helpdesk support for general queries and incident notifications from users on Galileo.
- Information about the system status and notifications on important events affecting the system. In addition, registered users can subscribe to be informed in real time about events affecting Galileo services. One example is the publication of Notice Advisory to Galileo Users (NAGUs), which inform regularly about the system status.
- Electronic Library, including Programme Reference documentation and general information.
- Support to GNSS developers, including the GNSS Simulation and Testing Infrastructure (GSTI).
- Provision of Galileo system data.
- Promotion of GNSS and Galileo in particular.
- Interface with other GNSS Service Providers.
- Monitoring of the service and measuring the level of satisfaction of Galileo and the GSC in order to propose improvements and evolve the service accordingly.
The Notice Advisory to Galileo Users (NAGU) aims to inform the user community about the status of the Galileo constellation and, in particular, the occurrence and recovery of Signal in Space (SiS) outages. The SiS alert and warning indications received in real time by the user receivers always take precedence over the NAGU information received offline by an end user. NAGUs are published on the GSC web portal and automatic notifications to GSC registered users are sent once a new NAGU has been released. NAGUs are issued both for Planned and Unplanned events, and for General Notices regarding Galileo System as well as, for example, to notify users about the launch of new satellites. For more information about NAGUs, its format and templates, please, visit GSC site section NAGU information.
Updated information on the status of the Galileo constellation can be found in the “Constellation Status” section under “Service Status” menu of GSC Website.
The almanac data is a reduced-precision subset of the clock and ephemeris parameters of the active satellites in orbit. The almanac data allow to compute a raw estimation of the satellite coordinates, which is needed for signal acquisition by the receiver. The user receiver utilises the algorithm described in the Galileo Open Service Signal-In-Space Interface Control Document (OS SIS ICD) to compute the positions of the Galileo satellites. The definition of the Galileo almanac parameters can be found in section 5.1.10 of the OS SIS ICD.
To check if a smartphone receives any Galileo satellite signals, there are several apps available in your app store such as GPSTest app (only available for Android). The application takes some time to locate the satellites. To make sure that the device tracks Galileo satellites, it is needed to be in an open space and without wifi or data connection enabled, to avoid getting almanacs from the internet. To have an idea of what can be seen on your phone, you can watch the following video. Additionally, some useful help information to test the device can be found in the following document.
The Galileo Satellite Metadata is information about the satellite properties which need to be known in order to properly implement advanced processing algorithms for precise orbit determination or Precise Point Positioning (PPP). This includes physical characteristics (such as mass, area or reflectivity), the attitude law and antenna parameters.
Yes, when fully developed, the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) will offer a range of additional services, such as:
- Providing the interfaces between the Galileo System and the new services (HAS, CAS, OSNMA).
- Supporting the management of future services. Increase the number of Galileo-related products.
- Providing service performance assessment forecasts.
- Providing orbital products to SAR users.
In www.usegalileo.eu website it is possible to consult a complete list of different Galileo enabled receivers, chipsets or modules that can be found on the market classified by sector and type of device.
According to a recent EUSPA-supported study, chipset and receiver manufacturers are already equipping their devices with multi-constellation capabilities, including Galileo, and taking advantage of available services. In fact, the vast majority of current receivers are multi-constellation, and the most popular way to provide multi-constellation support is to cover all constellations, which represents over 30% of receivers.
To further increase the level of Galileo integration, EUSPA continues to work directly with chipset and receiver manufacturers. Through user consultations, technology workshops, sharing Galileo updates, co-marketing efforts, and dedicated funding for receiver development projects and studies, EUSPA is working with manufacturers to build an even better navigation experience.
EUSPA also launched its Fundamental Elements programme, a new research and development (R&D) funding mechanism supporting the development of chipsets and receivers. The programme will run through 2020 and has a projected budget of over EUR 100 million. The main objective of the initiative is to facilitate the development of applications across different sectors of the economy and promote the development of such fundamental elements as Galileo-enabled chipsets and receivers.
There are already over 700 million Galileo-enabled smartphones on the market and this number is increasingly rapidly.
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Galileo- enabled navigation devices for your car are already available on the market. What’s more, since April 2018, all new type approved vehicles sold in Europe are Galileo capable as part of a requirement to comply with the EU’s eCall emergency response system regulation.
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Where can companies get information to help them develop products and services to take advantage of Galileo signals?
The European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) is the place to go for all things related to developing Galileo-capable products and services.
The GSC can be contacted at www.gsc-europa.eu
Yes, Galileo offers its services worldwide with no restrictions in the use of its signal in any place of the planet, unless local governments do not allow access to any of the specific services.
EUSPA works with other countries and GNSS systems to enable and harmonise the Galileo services provision. For instance, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted the access to specific signals transmitted by Galileo in all the devices in the United States of America.
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