Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) launches a technology and service road map consultation

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is launching a consultation on a technology and service road map for the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS). This consultation will support the development of the PRS user segment and market uptake up till 2027.

The deadline for requests is 19 July 2021. All consultations will be organised between 23 August 2021 and 13 September 2021.

The Agency invites Competent PRS Authorities (CPAs) from each European Member State, and European industry, to share their views and ideas on which user segment technologies are important to enhance adoption from the first generation of Galileo (G1G) and address the evolution towards the second generation of the Galileo space programme (G2G). The Agency encourages industries with potential interests and capabilities to support the development of such technologies to contact their relevant CPA to join the discussion.

The Galileo PRS is restricted to governmental authorised users. It is meant for sensitive applications that need a high-level of service continuity. The PRS uses encrypted signals with increased resistance towards interference and spoofing. Authorised users include:

  • Member States
  • The European Council
  • The European Commission
  • The European External Action Service
  • EU agencies
  • Third countries and international organisations (subject to security agreements with the EU).

The role of industry input

The Agency’s goal is to make sure the PRS is affordable and secure for all interested and authorised users. It balances this with making sure that European industry maintains its competitive edge in the global marketplace. In the past, the Agency did this through previous research and development programmes. It has already run several studies and projects to identify, develop and sustain technology to support market uptake. The Agency will launch more initiatives within the Horizon Europe Framework Programme (2021-2027) for technology to keep evolving.

The Agency is responsible for maintenance and execution of the PRS technological road map to support market uptake. This consultation will reflect industry needs in the roadmap. Industry will provide inputs and ideas that the Agency may explore through Horizon Europe and other financial opportunities. The Agency will use this information to plan long-term activities to support adoption of the Public Regulated Service.

Consultations will focus on the following topics: 

  • The necessary steps to transform technology and services into competitive products in terms of cost, power, dimension etc. The Agency wants to support market uptake in preparation for the Full Operational Capability (FOC) milestone of the PRS and the second generation of Galileo.
  • Information on current European capability and capacity within the manufacturing sector. The Agency wants to understand how to better support it, including preparation necessary for FOC and Galileo’s 2nd generation.
  • Ideas to upgrade relevant manufacturing lines to make them more efficient ahead of FOC and Galileo’s 2nd generation.

Notes: 

The PRS decision 1104/2011/EU governs PRS technology manufacturing. This limits consultations to entities established in the territory of a PRS participant which has designated a Competent PRS Authority (CPA). The Agency will inform interested CPAs.

The Agency will consider all information received during consultations as ‘confidential in commerce’. It will not disclose any information unless authorised. Nondisclosure agreements are being considered; templates for which are available upon request. Due to the sensitivity of the topic and time limitations, the Agency cannot ensure that it will grant all requests.

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For more information please contact your relevant PRS Competent Authority.

The Agency reserves the right to only contact industries duly authorised by their relevant PRS Competent Authority.

For any organisational questions, please contact: prs-consultations@euspa.europa.eu 

PRS consultations

Security Department

European Union Agency for the Space Programme

Janovského 438/2 

170 00 Prague 7 – Holesovice 

Czech Republic 

The deadline for requests is 19 July 2021. All consultations will be organised between 23 August 2021 and 13 September 2021.

 

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