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PNT Timing & Synchronisation for Aviation Systems and Networks

GNSS is extensively used in aviation, notably for: positioning and timing for on board navigation purposes; timing and synchronisation for datalink communications (board to ground and viceversa); timing and synchronisation on ground for Surveillance, Air Traffic Control (ATC) and communication networks. GNSS time outages or unexpected anomalies may affect aviation systems and…

Machine-Learning to model GNSS systems

GNSS simulations are an important toolset supporting system engineering trade-offs and decisions. They are used to display and monitor key system performance indicators as well as study system behaviour, both through synthetic scenarios and real data replay. Industry and ESA currently use different tools to simulate GNSS systems, however often constrained to undertake only one of two different…

Antenna and Transponder Unit for Underwater PNT

Underwater wireless communications links have almost exclusively been implemented using acoustic systems. Optical links have proved impractical for many applications. Although underwater radio links were experimented in the pioneering days of radio, they did not meet the requirements of the time. Given modern operational requirements and digital communications technology, the time is now ripe for…

Advanced concept for chip-scale atomic clocks

Interest in compact and low power consumption atomic clocks (aka CSAC, Chip-Scale Atomic Clocks) have been progressively increasing in the last decade based on benefits demonstrated for a wide range of application, such as PNT in adverse environment (long coherent integration), secure telecommunication (frequency hopping) or in order to allow timing hold-over capability in case of loss of GNSS…

Precise positioning for mass-market: optimal data dissemination demonstrator

Until recently, RTK and PPP technologies have been developed for professional applications, the price not being affordable for mass-market users. Over the last couple of years, however, impressive breakthroughs have been witnessed for mass-market applications. While multi-band GNSS will provide an improved user experience in many consumer settings, the solution alone cannot deliver sufficiently…

GNSS Science with Commercial Aircraft

Usage of commercial aircraft and vessels, as platforms for crowdsourcing science and remote sensing, is under study by organisations like the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) in its Crowdsourced Bathymetry Working Group, or by private companies for imaging and radar applications. Some advanced passive GNSS-based processing techniques (e.g. exploiting simultaneously direct and…

Alternative Space-based PNT Data Layer

In the last years, there has been fast progress in satellite on-board computing achieved by the satellite telecommunication industry. On-board processors are more performant, with less mass, volume and power consumption. As regards current and evolving space-based PNT data layer services (e.g. private or public GNSS data augmentations), they usually retransmit data computed on-ground via…

Multi-Sensor, Multi-System for Space PNT Applications

Position uncertainty during autonomous manoeuvres such as orbit-raising/de-orbiting requires that the local knowledge during low thrust (i.e. with electric propulsion) is accurately determined. Current orbit-raising assumes semi-autonomous control assisted by GNSS, with a long time integral to measure increasing altitude and trajectory of the satellite. The use of a hybrid GNSS unit that…

Earth-Moon Navigation / System Study and Development of a Highly-Sensitive Spaceborne Receiver Prototype

GPS has been used in space for more than 20 years and currently it is consistently used in LEO orbit satellites in order to provide position, velocity and time information. Extension of its use to higher altitude missions has been the subject of multiple studies, GEO and GTO orbits currently exploit GNSS signals and the NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission has recently demonstrated that…

Ultra-Low Power Device Positioning Concepts

There are an increasing number of IoT applications, and projections show that global Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) connections will increase by almost one order of magnitude in the next five years. Terrestrial networks are continuously targeting evolutions of the IoT markets. For example, the latest release of 3GPP standards has introduced modifications to their standard (e.g. NB-IoT) to comply with…