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Astrium Awarded €1 Million Study to Defend Europe's Satellite Navigation Systems

The PRS and Operational Tool to Evaluate and Counteract Threats Originating from Radio-sources (PROTECTOR) study will be undertaken by a consortium led by Astrium GmbH Services. 

Washington D.C. - Astrium GmbH Services has won a €1 million contract with the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Supervisory Authority to undertake a key study, which will define the measures needed to defend Europe’s satellite navigation systems and services against radio interference. PROTECTOR is a European Commission FP-7 programme.  

The PRS and Operational Tool to Evaluate and Counteract Threats Originating from Radio-sources (PROTECTOR) study will be undertaken by a consortium led by Astrium GmbH Services. The PROTECTOR study will focus on how best to defend Europe’s Galileo and EGNOS satellite navigation systems and their related services against interference from radio sources in L-band, S-band, Ku-band and C-band. The study will therefore map out the technical and economic parameters to developing an effective system to defend Europe’s satellite navigation systems against radio interference and intentional jamming.   

Astrium GmbH Services will begin the study immediately working closely with its consortium partners that include its sister company Astrium Satellites in the UK and Germany, France Développement Conseil SARL, QinetiQ Ltd and Austria’s Joanneum Research GmbH.   

During the Satellite 2010 show in Washington, Eric Béranger, CEO of Astrium Services said: “Both the EGNOS and Galileo systems are vital components to Europe’s future satellite navigation network. This study will enable the European GNSS Supervisory Authority to accurately assess the threats posed by radio interference to these systems. It will also help to define the necessary measures that need to be taken to both monitor and protect against these threats. We look forward to working closely with our consortium partners in delivering a comprehensive study to our customer.”   

Astrium, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2009, Astrium had a turnover of €4.8 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment and Astrium Services for the development and provision of secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, geo-information products and services, and navigation services.  

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2009, EADS generated revenues of €42.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119, 000.   

European GNSS Supervisory Authority

The European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA) was established as a Community Agency on 12 July 2004. It ensures the security accreditation of the systems and the operation of the Galileo security centre, and contributes to the preparation of the commercialisation of the systems. In addition, the Authority may accomplish other tasks entrusted to it by the European Commission, in particular the promotion of applications and services and the certification of the components of the systems.

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