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ESA Navigation portfolio expanded and diversified by Ministerial Council

Written by  Friday, 25 November 2022 12:04
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ESA’s Directorate of Navigation was pledged a total of €351 million by the Agency’s Member States during this week’s ESA Council at Ministerial Level on November 22 and 23. With this funding boost ESA sees its leading role in satellite navigation strengthened with a new programme FutureNAV, the continuation of its innovation programme NAVISP, and the kick-off of the Moonlight initiative for lunar telecommunications and navigation coverage.

ESA Director of Navigation Javier Benedicto-Ruiz
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The FutureNAV programme seeks to lead the way in responding to new satnav trends and concepts in an effective, agile way, applying hard-won European expertise in satellite navigation and broader Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) technology. It will be composed of several missions to adequately respond to the rapidly growing needs for more ubiquitous, resilient, and reliable positioning, navigation and timing (PNT).

Initially, FutureNAV will support its first two missions. The first consists of an initial in-orbit demonstration, small constellation of Low-Earth-Orbit (LEO) navigation satellites, orbiting a few hundred kilometers up in space.

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