Satellite Navigation is a key enabling technology and innovation driver for the modern economy. With governments around the globe developing own GNSS systems, political interest has never been higher, and this momentum sparked great possibilities for business value. SpaceTec is contributing to this momentum and is part of the vibrant GNSS network.

From its ~23.260 km orbit, Europe`s Galileo constellation provides leading accuracy positioning, even in high latitudes and urban environments. Being operated under civil control, Galileo offers freely accessible positioning services. Continuous technological developments improve its features, for example security: The Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA) permits an authentication mechanism that allows GNSS receivers to verify the authenticity of GNSS information. Besides common use cases for motor vehicle navigation and location-based mobile telephone services, new applications in IoT are enabled through Galileo’s High Accuracy Service (HAS).

SpaceTec is at the forefront of satellite navigation assisting institutions to shape the future of this domain and helping young companies to thrive in this growth sector:

  • Promoting and maturing the business ecosystem around Galileo, SpaceTec assessed the potential of use cases in the several application domains
  • SpaceTec helped to empower new technological developments of GNSS-based products such as IoT
  • To fuel industrial cooperation, SpaceTec facilitated GNSS business partnerships between Europe and geographies around the globe

Impact Stories

Elevating business ideas with EU space data & signals

Elevating business ideas with EU space data & signals

The EUSPA Space Academy is a free, online and customisable programme for innovators seeking to unlock the potential of downstream space data. Entrepreneurs can access a solid foundation of skills for their businesses, with 18 different training courses across business and technical topics.

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Building entrepreneurial ecosystems in CEE

Building entrepreneurial ecosystems in CEE

In the quest to foster space entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe, from the south-eastern region all the way to the Baltic countries, InnORBIT seeks to assist innovation intermediaries to encourage the growth of their space start-ups

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Liftoff Accelerator by SpaceTec Partners

Liftoff Accelerator by SpaceTec Partners

Liftoff Accelerator by SpaceTec Partners is a bespoke space accelerator supporting
start-ups in the space industry with customisable support opportunities. As experts with in-depth space industry experience and a long-standing network within the space ecosystem, we help growing start-ups to lift off their businesses sustainably.

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The CASSINI Hackathons challenge hackers to develop innovative solutions using EU Space technology, data and services

The CASSINI Hackathons challenge hackers to develop innovative solutions using EU Space technology, data and services

The CASSINI Hackathons challenges students, researchers, and entrepreneurs to think outside of the box and develop innovative solutions using geospatial information from Copernicus Earth observation data and its services and/or positioning technologies from Galileo & EGNOS. Three winners from each edition will benefit from our customised mentoring programme aimed at advancing their solutions to establish long-lasting, sustainable European businesses.

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High-accuracy GNSS techniques in mass market industries

High-accuracy GNSS techniques in mass market industries

Several signal augmentation techniques such as Real Time Kinematic (RTK), Precise Point Positioning (PPP) and hybrid variations (e.g. PPP-RTK) enable real-time high accuracy positioning using Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Previously limited to specific applications such as surveying and agriculture, the ability to broadcast PPP correction data globally over satellite and/or the internet has opened the door to large-scale, mass market applications of highly accurate GNSS, with the development of PPP-RTK expected to further improve the convergence time of PPP.

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Using Galileo to Mitigate COVID-19 impact on road transport

Using Galileo to Mitigate COVID-19 impact on road transport

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) in collaboration with the European Commission requested the development of a mobile solution to support the free movement of essential goods during the current pandemic; as well as to provide Member States with a means to report on their situation and comply with EU recommendations.

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Facilitating industrial cooperation across continents

Facilitating industrial cooperation across continents

Through GNSS.asia SpaceTec Partners has been bridging GNSS industries from Asia and Europe since 2012. Its objective is to facilitate industrial cooperation between the two regions, to support institutional relations and to maximise Galileo adoption.

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Empowering the development of next-gen IoT products with Galileo technologies

Empowering the development of next-gen IoT products with Galileo technologies

Point.IoT accelerates European innovation with the guidance of leading industry experts. Combining expertise in GNSS, IoT, business and leadership together with a virtual and real-life entrepreneurial experience, the programme equips 10 teams every year with a robust entrepreneurial toolkit to solve real challenges faced by industry today.

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Enabling the digitalisation of agri-government controls through Galileo & EGNOS

Enabling the digitalisation of agri-government controls through Galileo & EGNOS

The EU space programmes Copernicus and Galileo open new opportunities across all industries. Notably, the high precision systems of Galileo enable the creation of new services and applications across the agriculture industry where rising global food demand and limited natural resources require an increase in agricultural profitability and production. These requirements not only form the main drivers of precision farming techniques, but also the increase in sustainable farming solutions.

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The future of the European space sector

The future of the European space sector

Access to finance is a key enabler of entrepreneurship in a European space ecosystem which has seen several transformations and advancements in recent years. From an analysis of the role of the public sector, to evaluating market maturity and sector risks, this report provides a comprehensive review of the European space sector; identifying gaps, highlighting challenges and providing a number of recommendations and potential policy actions.

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