Australia, New Zealand Stand to Benefit From Major ESA Advances in Satellite Navigation

The European Space Agency has awarded two contracts to Thales Alenia Space, a joint company between Thales and Leonardo, for the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service – EGNOS.

These contracts draw on Thales Alenia Space’s 25 years of expertise as a prime contractor to study and develop upgrades for the EGNOS satellite navigation system and support the $127 million upgrade of the Thales Alenia Space EGNOS system announced in December 2019, which will expand the EGNOS SBAS coverage zone, see the installation of a new generation of reference stations, improved algorithms in the computation centre to boost performance and enhanced system security.

Benoit Broudy, head of the navigation business at Thales Alenia Space, said, “Our successes on export markets, as in South Korea, validate our innovative approach that allows us to offer increasingly powerful and agile solutions to meet the evolving requirements of customers from around the world.”

These advances offer significant benefits for regional aviation in Australia and New Zealand along with broader industry benefits across many sectors including, mining and resources as well as agriculture and transport.

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