Solar Risk Service for Critical GNSS Applications

by Present Technologies, Geophysical and Astronomical Observatory of the University of Coimbra, Bluecover, DC Ventures

There is a global interest on space weather, especially on extreme events such as sun storms, both from a civil protection and enterprise risk monitoring perspectives. Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) is a paramount case of a key infrastructure with space weather forecast needs across different regions (space for satellite, ionosphere and ground for airplanes and airports). A market survey carried out by ESA found a strong need for services across several industries ranging from aviation to satellite, utilities power grids, oil & gas and tourism.

Our project concerns the implementation of a Solar Risk Service target to Critical GNSS Applications, with focus on the Aviation / Air Navigation and Oil & Gas sectors. Our intention is to provide regional level monitoring (early warning) and forecast service that can anticipate the occurrence of solar events susceptible to cause GNSS signal perturbations and degrade the quality of positioning service.

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