Developing standards for next generation GNSS receivers through EUROCAE

6 July 2017

The European standardisation working group EUROCAE WG62, which convened at EUROCONTROL's Headquarters in Brussels on 27-29 June 2017, was set up to develop worldwide standards for the next generation of Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS) receivers. These new receivers will need to process signals from Galileo, the European global satellite-based navigation system, and the modernized Global Positioning System (GPS) constellation, as well as from key augmentation systems such as the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) or other Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) services where available. GNSS is one of the key technologies of the communications, navigation, and surveillance (CNS) infrastructure, and the new receivers will provide a more accurate and robust position, thus improving the overall air traffic management (ATM) system.

WG62 saw significant progress made on the development of the new Minimum Operational Performance Standard (MOPS), the reference standard against which the new generation of GNSS receivers will be certified. In these discussions, EUROCONTROL plays an active part through its participation in this group, with experts working to ensure that the ATM requirements and constraints are correctly taken into account during the design and development phase. The Agency’s participation supports EUROCONTROL’s cooperation with the European GNSS Agency (GSA), and contributes to the SESAR 2020 work programme.

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