NavSAS: a pioneer of Galileo fix for ESA

In Spring 2013 for the first time it was possible to make a Galileo-only fix. As ESA reported "The historic first positioning fix using only Europe’s civil-owned navigation system took place at ESA’s Navigation Laboratory in its ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, on 12 March 2013." Then a run to make the first Galileo fixes started all over the world. In order to pay tribute to the researchers that made the first Galileo fixes, ESA offered to issue certificates for the very first 50. Italy played a major role in this run, as ESA said: "Italy turned out to be the single best represented country in Europe, with six separate fixes, followed closely by Germany and the UK with five fixes each". Enlarging the map it is possible to find the Istituto Superiore Mario Boella in Turin (Italy), where the Navigation Technologies (NavSAS) laboratory is hosted! The old news of our first fix is still available on our Galileo Blog (unfortunately the old news with more details and figures was lost when our old website crashed).

Navigation Technologies (NavSAS) lab in Turin, Italy

ESA underlined how the run for the first fix was global. Many researchers from outside European Union participated and succesfully made their own Galileo fix. Among them, both ESA and GPS World published the figure of the fix made by NAVIS, founded in 2010 thanks to SEAGAL project coordinated by the Navigation Technologies (NavSAS) laboratory and funded by the European Union. The Centre is based in Hanoi (Vietnam) and aims to strengthen the cooperation between Europe and South-East Asia for the development of GNSS technologies and applications. After SEAGAL, the Navigation Technologies (NavSAS) laboratory is contributing to the growth of NAVIS with the Growing NAVIS project, still funded by EU and coordinated by NavSAS.

Galileo positioning performed in the NAVIS Centre

Many researchers from public and private research centres, universities, and even private individuals, attempted to make a Galileo-only fix. The fixes were made using different kind of receivers: "Most of the receivers were software-based radio systems, with signal processing performed by software on a computer linked to a radio-frequency front end. Professional receivers were also customised." Here the ESA news. If you click on the map below you will be redirected to the ESA map of IOV positioning fixes.

First 50 Galileo Navigation fixes