everis to coordinate European project to improve UAV performance by means of EGNOS and Galileo
Thursday, 17 May, 2018

everis Aerospace, Defense and Security is to lead a consortium of companies that will develop the GAUSS project under the supervision of the GSA (European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency). In the context of the H2020 program, this three-year initiative aims at improving the performance of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in relation to security and positioning by means of the capabilities of the Galileo and EGNOS systems.

Together with everis Aerospace, Defense and Security, acting as coordinator, the consortium for the project is formed by the Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (CSIC-UPC), Cranfield University, the University of Seville, and the companies Rina Consulting, Aratos Systems, and Satways.

Specifically, the GAUSS project will aim to use the functionalities and services of EGNOS and Galileo in the field of UAVs with three fundamental goals: improving the positioning, speed, and guidance capabilities of unmanned aerial vehicles; developing detection and mitigation mechanisms for attacks based on jamming (satellite signal interference) and spoofing (fake satellite signal); and applying these improvements to UAVs’ air traffic management procedures.

This way, the project expects to improve flight safety and navigation performance, enabling a large number of UAVs of different types, sizes and categories to share the same airspace segment when flying under 120 meters (VLL).

Both Galileo, the European navigation satellite system, and EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) provide services that make it possible to optimize satellite-based navigation. Specifically, EGNOS currently provides a substantial improvement in positioning accuracy, which can make a critical difference for some applications.

The GAUSS project will culminate in two large-scale tests in different geographic scenarios (land and sea) to validate the solution developed by means of a coordinated flight of various UAV sharing the same airspace.

Moreover, all resulting developments will fit in the regulatory framework currently under development by the EASA (European Aviation Security Agency). Similarly, the concept of operations and the test plan for GAUSS will be aligned with the drone air traffic management concept (U-space), and with the different levels of deployment currently being defined by SESAR.