Summer school for satellite navigation

Summer school for satellite navigation


France: Young engineers and scientists from all over the world will gather this summer in Denmark to study navigation by satellite, devising new scientific and technical improvements, products and services. The number of participants is limited to 50, allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. This year, there will be participants from 24 countries, encompassing four continents.

European Space Agency (ESA) is the organiser of this international summer school on global navigation satellite systems such as GPS, GLONASS, COMPASS and Galileo. This year’s school is being held during September 1–10, 2010, at Slettestrand near Aalborg, Denmark.  The summer school will provide a comprehensive overview of the design and development of satellite navigation systems and their applications. In addition to lectures on fundamental topics, courses cover GPS, Russia’s Glonass, Europe’s Galileo, China’s Beidou/Compass, Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System and India’s Regional Navigation Satellite System.

Augmentation systems such as Europe’s Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) and the US Wide-Area Augmentation System (WAAS) also will be addressed.

The summer school includes a competition challenging students to propose a new satnav application, including a complete description of the product/service, the technical approach for its implementation, a market analysis and a business plan. Each team presents their application to a jury of experts from several European universities and Stanford University.

René Oosterlinck, Director of ESA Galileo Programme and Navigation Related Activities and Guenter Hein, Head of ESA’s Galileo Operations and Evolution Department will deliver the guest lecture. Other participating organisations include the Institute Superieur de l`Aeronautique et de l`Espace, Toulouse, Graz University of Technology, University FAF Munich and the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The school is part of ESA’s Education in Navigation (EDUNAV) programme, which aims to foster GNSS training. The programme, a joint venture between ESA’s Education Office and Navigation Directorate, includes the creation of dedicated PhD opportunities, provision of training tools for universities and a book on GNSS processing algorithms.

Source: ESA