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May 14, 2020

British GNSS May Die A-borning

Britain’s own satellite navigation system, envisioned to fill the country’s Galileo void created by Brexit, may never see the light of day. Government officials don’t want to spend tax revenues to meet projected increasing costs.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had enthusiastically supported a proposal for a £5 billion (U.S. $ 6.1 billion) project, and indeed it would have presented a boon to British aerospace industry. But now that he is preoccupied with the coronavirus crisis, ministers in his Cabinet are moving to quash the program as unaffordable.

Britain’s space industry had been deemed a national priority and was playing a key role in Galileo before the UK was barred from the program by its Brexit move. Surrey Satellite Navigation Ltd (SSTL) manufactured the majority, the near totality, of payloads aboard Galileo satellites now aloft. But the European Union stated allowing a non-member state, which Britain now effectively is, to use its military-grade signal would endanger security. Doubtless there were economic considerations as well.

The move to build a very British satnav system had been stimulated by a report that the British economy could lose an £1 billion per day if GPS became unavailable for any reason. A 2018 study lasting 18 months and costing £92 million assessed the feasibility of a UK satellite system; it concluded that a £5 billion cost seemed realistic.  In March 2020, the project was postponed for six months as concerns grew about total costs rising further.

Photo: SSTL’s Galileo payload team with Payload #22, delivered in 2016. Courtesy SSTL.

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Receiver with Inertial for UAVs

A new GNSS/INS receiver, the AsteRx-i D UAS from Septentrio, specifically targets integration into unmanned aerial systems (UAS).  It provides centimeter-level RTK positioning and 3D attitude. It features a 44 pin connector compatible with 3rd-party integrations, as well as event marker inputs to accurately time-stamp camera shutter events.

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May 11, 2020

Galileo Green Lane Speeds Border Crossings of Essential Goods

A new mobile app, Galileo Green Lane, facilitates the free movement of freight, reduces waiting times at European Union borders, and prioritizes essential goods during pandemic response. The app uses Galileo positioning services  to address the needs of border control authorities and truck drivers, with two intuitive user interfaces. The app was developed by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in collaboration with the European Commission.

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I Went Down to the Crossroads

We stand at an existential crossroads while someone else decides our future. I don’t mean the choice of direction, currently roiling the front pages, that pits the national health against the national economy. No, this one doesn’t get the attention it deserves, outside of the PNT and the telecom communities, though arguably it could have equally long-running and widespread, perhaps catastrophic effects.

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By Alan Cameron