ATR is taking part in the EDG˛E project
(Equipment for Dual frequency Galileo, GPS and EGNOS).
Over the next four years, this initiative will
develop a dual-frequency multi-constellation receiver, enabling
enhanced navigation capabilities.
EDG˛E is a project led by
Thales, under a consortium benefiting from the competencies of ATR
and Thales Alenia Space. AKKA, Dassault and DGAC, the French Civil
Aviation Authority, will also participate as sub-contractors.
The receiver, a GNSS (Global Navigation
Satellite System), is the cornerstone of aircraft navigation. The
system processes signals from satellite constellations and the
Space Based Augmentation System (SBAS) to accurately determine
aircraft position, altitude and velocity.
The prototype receiver
developed under the auspices of the EDG˛E project will use signals
from US GPS and European Galileo positioning systems, as well as
from SBAS multi-constellation EGNOS. The project aims at achieving
a prototype demonstration by 2021. The prototype receiver
performances will be evaluated during a flight test campaign to be
performed using one of the ATR’s test aircraft.
Initiated by the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems
Agency (GSA), the EDG˛E project aims to support the launch of the
Galileo satellites constellation, designed to become the European
alternative for the American GPS. ATR’s involvement in this
Research & Technology (R&T) project is part of a larger commitment
to prepare for the future. By steering R&T activities towards
technical topics and solutions that are specific to regional
aviation, ATR wants to continuously improve the technical design
of its products.
Commenting on the EDG˛E project,
Alessandro Amendola, SVP Engineering of ATR, said, “The ATR
aircraft, as the most modern regional aircraft, is perfectly
suited to take part in this innovative EU project. We are proud of
being part of the development of a new system which will clearly
enhance the navigation capabilities of tomorrow’s aircraft.”
Philippe Benquet, Thales Avionics VP for R&T,
said, “Leading the EDG˛E project, at ATR side, puts Thales at
the forefront of the next generation receivers which will equip
future aircraft by 2025. This initiative will make navigation more
precise and thus safer, unleashing potential for increased air
EGNOS has been certified for use in
aviation since February 2011, and is a very effective system to
complement the US GPS, in order to provide better performance,
thus enhancing aircraft approach capabilities. The next generation
of EGNOS, called EGNOS V3, will further enhance performance by
complementing both the EU Galileo and the US GPS satellite
At the end of the EDG˛E
project, a new standard for GPS, Galileo and SBAS receiver will be
completed, with aviation’s first SBAS dual-frequency GPS and
Galileo receiver being ready for final development. Receivers
developed under the EDG˛E initiative will provide safer operations
not only for the aviation sector but also for other
safety-critical applications like rail transport.