“Operations in safe hands with us”
DLR GfR at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit
“GNSS – Empowering Mobility for Air, Land, Sea…and beyond” – that was the theme of the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit, which ended on 15 March after three days of intensive discussions. Walter Päffgen, Managing Director of DLR GfR, drew a more than satisfactory balance: “The Summit has become one of the most important conferences in the field of satellite navigation worldwide – and I am pleased that the reliability of the Galileo system was also repeatedly emphasised here in Munich.”
For example, Xavier Maufroid, Head of Sector for Galileo Implementation at the European Commission, praised the performance of Galileo as outstanding in a much-noted panel discussion. Walter Päffgen: “It is nice to hear such praise, and we are very pleased that we can contribute to this success with our partners spaceopal and Telespazio. Operations and maintenance are in good hands with us.”
Walter Päffgen cited the all-in-one solution that DLR GfR offers together with its partners as the key to success: “All the elements necessary for the operation of the Galileo satellites are in one hand – this avoids error-prone situations that would inevitably arise due to too many interfaces. Especially in uncertain times, this is a forward-looking concept.”
DLR GfR was not only represented at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit with its own stand, but Dr. Rolf Kozlowski, also GfR Managing Director, was also able to emphasise the advantages of a highly precise and high-performance satellite navigation system, such as Galileo, for the automotive sector in the closing panel of the conference. For future topics such as autonomous driving, it is particularly important to determine positions quickly and with high precision.
Rolf Kozlowski presented “NAVCAST “, a service that checks, corrects and specifies satellite signals in real time, so that positioning is possible with an accuracy of 20 centimetres and less. NAVCAST is also able to carry out error corrections around the clock via the Internet not only for the Galileo satellites, but also for the GPS, Glonass and Beidou navigation systems. More information is available at https://spaceopal.com/navcast.
DLR GfR mbH management board (f.l.t.r.): Walter Päffgen, Rolf Kozlowski, Christian Jenssen