5th International Colloquium on Scientific and Fundamental Aspects of the Galileo Program

Rizzi Haus, Braunschweig, Germany

The fifth international colloquium on scientific and fundamental aspects of the Galileo program will take place at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Braunschweig, Germany from October 27 – 29, 2015.

Early registration ends September 17, 2015. Abstract submission has ended.

The fifth international colloquium on scientific and fundamental aspects of the Galileo program will take place at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Braunschweig, Germany from October 27 – 29, 2015.

Early registration ends September 17, 2015. Abstract submission has ended.

This colloquium meets every two years to discuss the scientific possibilities of Galileo and other Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSSs). It is for members of the European scientific community and their international partners involved in the use of GNSS signals in their research, specifically Galileo signals.

The colloquium focuses on four major areas of research:

  • Scientific applications in meteorology, geodesy, geophysics, space physics, oceanography, land surface and ecosystem studies, using either direct or reflected signals, differential measurements, phase measurements, radio occultation measurements, using receivers placed on the ground, in aircraft or on satellites.
  • Scientific developments in physics, dealing with future GNSS, particularly in testing fundamental laws in astronomy and in quantum communication. Relativistic reference frames and relativistic positioning will be addressed (in particular also taking into account the scientific opportunities in tracking the first two Galileo Full Operational Capability satellites in their elliptical orbits).
  • Aspects of metrology such as reference frames, onboard and ground clocks, and precise orbit determination.
  • Scientific aspects of satellite navigation and positioning such as signal propagation, tropospheric and ionospheric corrections and the means to model and mitigate multipaths and interference.

The various possibilities to use navigation satellites such as Galileo for scientific purposes will be reviewed and the contribution of scientific applications to making the most of the present systems and defining their evolution will be scrutinized.

The event is organized by the European Space Agency (ESA), Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) and Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB).

Previous meetings were held in Toulouse, France in 2007, Padua, Italy in 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark in 2011, and Prague, Czech Republic in 2013.