And the Overall prize of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2017 goes to: SORUS – a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) powered safety application. Congratulations to the winner of the international competition on innovative business solutions for society based on GNSS data. Police, Special Forces, and other authorised Galileo PRS users can exploit this application to equip their UAVs with a secure, trustable, and spoofing-resistant positioning solution.
The system enables user receivers to calculate Galileo PRS positions at predefined points in time including robustness against jamming and spoofing. SORUS circumvents all drawbacks of conventional PRS receivers and server-based techniques: No need for a PRS security module on the user receiver, no size, weight, or power problems, and many more. The application stores short sequences of Galileo PRS pseudo-random noise (PRN) code chips on user receivers prior to missions, which are only valid for the limited duration and area of a given mission. SORUS is developed by Alexander Rügamer, Fraunhofer IIS and Dr Jan Wendel, Airbus Defence and Space.
25 more business cases and Challenge winners were also recognised during the Awards Ceremony by high-ranking industry and institutional representatives, such as the European GNSS Agency (GSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR). In addition, 20 partner regions across the globe awarded the best competition entries.
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