Isdefe took part in the final workshop of the Petrus project, whose goal is to evaluate the quality of the Galileo PRS Service, aimed at government users, under laboratory and field conditions.
On 1 June, Lisbon, where Portugal's National Security Office is based, hosted various national representatives of the user communities of the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS), where they were presented the state of the art and the expected changes for the start-up until reaching the FOC (full operational capacity) milestone of this service offered by the European Galileo Satellite Navigation System.
The project, which began in 2018 and for which Isdefe provides technical support to the activities led by the Competent PRS Authority, which in Spain is the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA), has now closed with this workshop, which featured companies and government entities involved in the project, as well as users from Spain, France, Italy, Belgium and Portugal.
Representing Spain were users from the General Directorate of Weapons and Materials, the Joint Cyberspace Command, the Ministry of the Interior, the National Security Office, the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda and other agencies.
Isdefe had a specific slot during the workshop, which was hosted by Mr Fernando Valcarce, with a talk on "The Deployment of the National Secondary Channel: Spanish Experience", and by Mr Luis Guelbenzu, with a talk on "Spain's Contribution to Evaluating the Access Control to the PRS service". They are both engineers in the GNSS and Remote Sensing department of the Directorate of Space and Technology Centres at Isdefe.
During this workshop, members of Spain's Armed Forces, Ministry of the Interior and Ministry of Transport were able to see first-hand both the state of development of the Public Regulated Service (PRS), and how the special characteristics of this service are being adapted to their Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) needs.