Safe and cost-effective air navigation is a key concern for Africa's aviation sector and there is much to be done in order to meet international requirements. One such requirement is to implement Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) for improved communication, navigation and surveillance performance.
In Europe, the implementation of a GNSS has been supported by the European Commission (EC), which funded the development of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), the first pan-European satellite navigation system. To assist Africa's aviation sector, the EC is expanding EGNOS to Africa, and is joining forces with the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) to ensure that African countries have the proper training to implement these advanced systems.
The joint EC-ICTP project Training EGNOS GNSS in Africa (TREGA) aims to support the implementation of GNSS/EGNOS in Sub-Saharan Africa by:
providing training on space project management, GNSS and EGNOS technology, SBAS (Satellite-Based Augmentation System) service provision and user support, and applied legal and regulatory matters to members of the EGNOS-Africa Joint Programme Office;
selecting, procuring and using a testing platform and software simulator as a preliminary backbone infrastructure for the implementation of SBAS services in Sub-Saharan Africa;
training a core number of African professionals to be able to address technical problems related to the conditions of Sub-Saharan Africa, making use of the testing platform/software simulator.
For more details, please visit the TREGA website.
c/o Ms. Rossana Torre
International Centre for Theoretical Physics
Strada Costiera 11, 34151 Trieste, Italy
Phone: +39 040 2240531
Fax: +39 040 2240585