Aiming for the stars! – Producing European standards for Galileo 

On Wednesday 25 July, four more Galileo satellites were launched from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana. The launch marks a further development in the Galileo program, Europe’s own global satellite navigation system, consisting of both the satellites in space and their associated ground infrastructure. These latest four Galileo satellites will bring the constellation in orbit up to 26 satellites and ensure that it is constantly available all over the world.

European standardization is fully involved in making the space industry successful and efficient. Common standards in the space sector are normally under the responsibility of the specialised body, ECSS (European Cooperation for Space Standardization), an initiative by ESA (European Space Agency).

In this context, CEN and CENELEC have a working agreement with ECSS: as part of this agreement, it is jointly developing European Standards (ENs) in coordination with ETSI in support to European space activities and industry, in the frame of its Joint Technical Committee no.5 (JTC/5) on Space, under the current Mandate M/496 of the European Commission.

This has a direct impact on Galileo. The Working Group 1 of CEN/CLC/JTC-5 ‘Navigation and positioning receivers for road applications’, led by BNAE (the French Aerospace Standardization Organization), focuses on the development of the EN 16803-series standards to support Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), closely following the European Commission’s mandate: "the technological support for Galileo will continue through applications research and a coherent system evolution programme. In order to provide safe and guaranteed applications, the necessary framework in terms of certified services and products, global standards and interference monitoring capabilities has to be implemented".

The same mandate M/496 calls on the European Standards Organizations (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) to make an assessment of necessary future standardization in support of the regulatory framework.

CEN, CENELEC and ETSI are currently actively pursuing their fruitful cooperation with ECSS on Space standards, contributing to making the European space programme a success: on Galileo, European standardization is aiming for the stars!

For more information, please consult CEN/CLC/JTC 5 - Space

Contact: Marciacq Jean-Bruno

Source: European Space Agency