Current and future Galileo services
Galileo's milestone achievement towards space autonomy is being followed by ongoing improvements for worldwide service delivery. As of today, the EU’s positioning system offers a set of services to end users with more currently under development
Galileo is the European Union navigation and positioning system, and currently, the world’s most precise global navigation satellite system (GNSS).
With 28 satellites currently in orbit the system offers:
- Open Service (OS): enables free-of-charge, global ranging, positioning and timing, using the Galileo OS Signal-In-Space (SIS).
- Search and Rescue Service (SAR): allows for the location of people in distress within 10 minutes and a radius below 5km. All you need is a Galileo-enabled Personal Location Beacon (PLB).
- High Accuracy Service (HAS): on the basis of this brand new service, declared operational on the 24/01/2023, Galileo becomes the first GNSS system providing, globally and free of charge, corrections to the Galileo and GPS signals to enable a positioning accuracy down to decimetre level.
Galileo is continuing to evolve, and it is being continuously improved to ensure uninterrupted, safe, and secure service provision to users worldwide. As a result, the Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA) is expected to become operational within the coming year.
This forthcoming service is an authentication mechanism that allows GNSS receivers to verify the authenticity of GNSS information, making sure that the data received are indeed from Galileo and have not been modified in any way.