Germany: As part of this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC), the German Aerospace Center (DLR) announced a special prize on the topic of ‘Smart Navigation – with Enhanced Constellations’ with the objective to promote new procedures, methods and ideas for ways to apply satellite navigation. The winner will receive support from DLR in continuing to develop and implement their idea.
New approaches that leverage combined usage are a smart way to get the most out of existing infrastructures in the field of satellite navigation. “We’re looking for truly smart solutions that view existing satellite navigation infrastructures and technologies from every angle while combining them in new, enriching ways and rethinking the status quo. Our goal is to find holistic ideas for applications that are more than the sum of their parts,” explained Robert Klarner, DLR Technology Marketing. This is why DLR is using this year’s ESNC to offer a prize for smart navigation with enhanced constellations in three topic areas.
“GNSS Multiconstellations,” for example, wants applicants to investigate sensible, effective ways to use Galileo and other available satellite navigation systems – together.
The area ‘Robust by Design’, meanwhile, focuses on procedures and methods for minimising signal disturbance. This is particularly relevant in the fields of navigation and telecommunication. DLR is equally interested in solutions for ionospheric disruptions and measures against disturbances caused by mobile base stations or intentional interference signals.
Finally, ‘Integrated Applications’ is about finding innovations that incorporate two or more satellite systems – such as navigation, Earth observation, or telecommunication – and examining the advantages to be gained from combining them.
The winner will receive five person-months of technical support from DLR (a EUR 50,000 value) – in the form of feasibility and conceptual studies or prototype development, for example – which are intended to assist the winner in realising their idea.