R&D Projects

Prepare Ships is creating a smart positioning solution by developing and demonstrating a data fusion of different sensor and signal sources to enable a robust navigation application. The idea is that vessels with accurate positioning based on EGNSS, data and machine-learning should be able to predict future positions of nearby vessels. Besides a decreased risk for collisions, this also means additional benefits in the form of a more energy effective manoeuvring of the vessels, something which can also reduce the environmental impact of shipping in line with IMO’s targets.
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PoK-UVM is an R&D project co-funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy. It aims at developing technologies for safe integration of drones into future UAS Traffic Management Systems (UTM / U-Space).
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NAVISP-EL1-026 is a R&D project founded by the European Space Agency ESA with the goal to enable ultra-high accuracy positioning in challanging environment.
The need for high accuracy PNT in challenging environments has become obvious and, henceforth, mandatory for many applications. Currently, an accuracy target of 1 m in an urban environment seems a realistic achievement with multi-GNSS PPP or RTK capabilities. A significant R&D effort is ongoing to reach this target in operational products, using carrier phase positioning (PPP and RTK) and European institutions are actively taking their part in this effort.
In most hybrid PNT systems, GNSS is rightly considered the primary source of high-accuracy positioning, including in urban environments. Hence, current techniques and R&D efforts rely on GNSS as the primary source of high accuracy for both absolute and relative positioning.
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