Rome, Italy: A new EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) transponder was launched on board an SES satellite from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The new transponder will replace the one currently aboard an Inmarsat satellite. It will continue to provide higher accuracy positioning signals to both citizens and professionals using an EGNOS-enabled GPS receiver.
European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said, “This new EGNOS launch demonstrates the Commission”s commitment to providing positioning signals with the highest possible accuracy to citizens and businesses in Europe. This opens up a multitude of business opportunities, today and in the future, especially when EGNOS will start working with Galileo when Galileo becomes operational in 2014.”