European Union External Action

Representatives from the EU Commission's EU Satellite Navigation Programmes Directorate Visited the UAE and Held A Workshop on the EU Space Programme

12/02/2019 - 09:49
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Mr Augusto Gonzales, Advisor, and Mr Ugo Celestino, Policy Officer from the EU Satellite Navigation Programmes Directorate of the European Commission, presented the Galileo and EGNOS satellite navigation and Copernicus earth observation programmes, developed by the European Union, to representatives of UAE Authorities (Space Agency, the Land, Maritime and Civil Aviation, Ministry of Economy, the TLC Regulator), and to the local business community.

Cooperation opportunities with UAE were particularly emphasized.


Satellite navigation has been known for decades, but thanks to Galileo and EGNOS, innovative features are being brought to the market, for downstream uses in transport and non-transport (e.g. energy, oil & gas, land management, mass market location based services) applications. These features - offered for free - include integrity, high accuracy (20cm), authentication of the signal, which open up opportunities for development and adoption of very innovative services, both standalone or combining Copernicus data. Guiding safely autonomous vehicles, drones or running precise farming in agriculture all become possible, and more traditional transport and logistics operations gain in efficiency and performance.

If you are interested in knowing more about Galileo, EGNOS & Copernicus, we encourage you to check out these links: