Galileo, the global satellite navigation system developed by the European Union, has started testing the Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA) signal-in-space broadcasted by the satellites. NavSAS is at forefront of this new testing phase in collaboration with the Joint Research Centre – JRC of the European Commission. Our researchers from the Space and Navigation Technologies Area at the LINKS Foundation are supporting JRC in this phase exploiting NGene2, the software satellite navigation receiver developed internally at LINKS. NGene2 is OSNMA ready and allows the researchers to carry on complex testing activities, as mentioned by Dr. Paonni, Project Manager at JRC.
Recently, the European GNSS Agency – GSA, published a detailed news on this Galileo feature. The OSNMA is an authentication mechanism that allows GNSS receivers to verify the authenticity of GNSS information, making sure that the data they receive are indeed from Galileo and have not been modified. This approach will allow users to leverage the Galileo technology for new, advanced applications in several fields, from autonomous driving to data encryption.
“Galileo’s Open Service Navigation Message Authentication is one of its key differentiators. The additional robustness that it will provide to the Galileo signal will be critical for many applications, particularly those where security and trustworthiness are a priority, making the OSNMA a key component in any resilient PNT solution”.Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency
The full news is available on the GSA website https://www.gsa.europa.eu/newsroom/news/tests-galileo-osnma-underway