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.
D.C. - Astrium GmbH Services has won a â¬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
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 â¬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 â¬42.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119, 000.
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.
Astrium Awarded â¬1 Million Study to Defend Europe's Satellite Navigation Systems
March 22, 2010