The Galileo program aims to create and exploit the first satellite navigation and positioning infrastructure specifically designed for civil purposes, which can be used by various stakeholders from the European private and public sectors at European and global level. The resulting system of the Program operates independently of any other existing or emerging systems, thus contributing in particular to the strategic autonomy of the European Union, as underlined by the European Parliament and the Council.
The resulting system of the Galileo Program is a civilian system under civilian control and an autonomous infrastructure of a global navigation satellite system (GNSS), consisting of a constellation of satellites and a worldwide network of ground stations.
The specific objectives of the Galileo program are to ensure that signals issued by the system established under that program can be used to perform the following functions:
- Provide an open service (OS), free of charge to the user, which provides positioning and synchronization information, mainly for mass satellite navigation applications
- Contribute, through Galileo open service signals and / or in cooperation with other satellite navigation systems, to integrity monitoring services for users of life-saving applications
- Provide a commercial service (SC) that allows the development of applications for professional or commercial purposes thanks to higher quality performances and data with a value added greater than those offered by the open service
- Provide a regulated public service (PRS) reserved for government authorized users for sensitive applications requiring a high level of service continuity, free to Member States, the Council, the Commission, the EEAS and, Where appropriate, to duly authorized Union agencies
- Contributing to the SARP of the COSPAS-SARSAT system, detecting the signals of distress calls transmitted by radio beacons and relaying messages to them
Who can apply:
- Research Centers
- Government Administrations
- International Organizations