Program Day 1, March 7

Time zone: CET


PRE-OPENING - let's start with some general information about our virtual conference

11:00 -12:30   


We especially invite graduates, doctoral candidates and young researchers to our job market (free admission!)


First, a high-level panel will discuss from different perspectives:

Working in Space – European Competitiveness in GNSS

The competitiveness of the European Space Sector is highly dependent on the availability of well educated and skilled professionals. It requires an educational landscape which is able to provide basic as well as further education and a highly ambitious research and innovation community driving developments in space to the extent of commercialisation. Is there a match between needs and offers across the EU? What are the needs of industry? What does the job market look like? What effort is needed from the side of universities, politics and industry? Is there enough cooperation between relevant stakeholders across the EU and what is needed from students' point of view? The panel is discussing chances and challenges of working in the space sector.

Chairwoman: Bärbel Deisting, Director Space and Space Applications, bavAIRia e.V., Gilching, Germany

Panel Members: s. section "Job Market"

Followed by our Companies’ Pitch:
Different companies active in the space sector will present themselves briefly.

Afterwards you have the possibility to get into contact with their representatives on a networking platform.


12:45 - 14:30


The Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, representatives of the European Commission, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), National Space Agencies as well as representatives from USA and China are opening the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2022.


Prof. Dr. Thomas Pany, ISTA, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Neubiberg, Germany

Prof. Dr. Michael Meurer, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen & RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

Prof. Dr. Merith Niehuss, President, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Neubiberg, Germany

Prof. Dr. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Chair of the Executive Board, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Germany

Hubert Aiwanger, Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy

and Deputy Bavarian Prime Minister, Munich, Germany

Dr. Anna Christmann, Member of the Bundestag, Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Berlin, Germany

Moderator: Claus Kruesken, Presenter, Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting), Munich, Germany

Panel Members:

Ms Paraskevi Papantoniou, Acting Director in DG Defence Industry and Space (DEFIS), European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

Dr. Josef Aschbacher, Director General, European Space Agency (ESA), Paris, France

Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director, EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), Prague, Czech Republic 

Harold "Stormy" Martin, Director, National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing, Washington, DC, USA

Dr. Gu'Cang Chen, Deputy Director, China Satellite Navigation (BeiDou) Office, Beijing, China

Dr. Philippe Baptiste, Chairman and CEO, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), Paris, France

Dr. Anke Pagels-Kerp, Divisional Board Member for Space, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Germany

14:30 - 14:45 Break

We invite you to the Round Table Discussion hosted by Thales Alenia Space, our Diamond-Sponsor, invited guests will discuss on “GNSS new trends and innovations” 


Claus Kruesken, Presenter, Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting), Munich, Germany


Paul Flament, EC, Head of Galileo and EGNOS Unit at DG DEFIS

Javier Benedicto, ESA, Director of Navigation 
Massimo Claudio Comparini, Thales Alenia Space,  Deputy CEO, ESVP Observation, Exploration and Navigation

14:45 - 16:30

We present news from the worldwide global, regional and augmentation satellite navigation systems in operation and under development.

Chairman: Mike Swiek, Mike International, LLC, Washington, DC, USA

Panel Members:

Jérémie Godet, Deputy Head of Galileo and EGNOS Unit, DG DEFIS, EC, Brussels, Belgium, and

Guerric Pont, Acting Head of Galileo Services Department, EUSPA, Prague, Czech Republic

"Status of Galileo"

Harold "Stormy" Martin, Director, National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing, Washington, DC, USA

"Status and Modernization of the US Global Positioning System and WAAS"

Dr. Xiao'Chun Lu, Deputy Director of National Time Service Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

"BeiDou Navigation Satellite System Development"

Jean-Marc Piéplu, EGNOS Services Programme Manager, EUSPA, Prague, Czech Republic

"Status of EGNOS"

Dr. Satoshi Kogure, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan

"Status of the Japanese QZSS Regional System"

P. S. Sura, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), India

"Status of IRNSS/NavIC and GAGAN"

Sharafat Gadimova, Program Officer, UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, Vienna, Austria

"ICG Developments"

16:30 - 16:45  Break

16:45 - 17:45


Artificial intelligence opens new doors in navigation. It will create a path to greater autonomy and automation of systems and automated decision making. Additional advanced technologies will complement this potential to lift GNSS performance to a new level in terms of accuracy, integrity, robustness. The session will address these potentials and show how applications, user-side and system-side techniques and processes will benefit.


Chairman: Prof. Dr. Zak M. Kassas, University of California, Irvine & The Ohio State University, USA

Panel Members:

Dr. Erik Blasch, Principal Scientist, US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), Rome, NY, USA

Prof. Dr. Fabio Dovis, Interdepartmental Centre for Service Robotics, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italia

Dr. Stefano Maggiolo, Software Engineer, Google, London, UK
"Enhancing smartphone GNSS with ML and 3DMA"

17:50 - 19:10


The increasing dependency of many commercial and safety & security related applications on GNSS has led to multiple approaches to enhance the confidence we have in PNT-information derived from GNSS for many years. Some approaches are based on the usage of multi-constellation GNSS, the usage of complementary radionavigation systems or sensor-fusion. Further, also improvements and additional services of the GNSS itself are under discussion or even under implementation for different GNSS. Galileo, for example, will introduce the Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA) and the Commercial Authentication Service (CAS) being available to the wide GNSS community. For user communities under governmental control the Galileo PRS will provide an even higher level of security. This session will provide an overview on the Galileo OSNMA, CAS and PRS and highlight their different and corresponding use cases.


Dr. Stefan Baumann, Programme Manager, IABG, Ottobrunn, Germany

Jérémie Godet, Deputy Head of Galileo and EGNOS Unit, DG DEFIS, EC, Brussels, Belgium

Panel Members:

An industry perspective on Galileo OSNMA/CAS receiver developments: 

Bruno Bougard, R&D Director, Septentrio, Leuven, Belgium

Clemens Buergi, Director System Architecture, u-blox, Thalwil, Switzerland

Differences and synergies of OSNMA/CAS and PRS receiver developments:

Manuel Toledo López, Head of the GNSS Advanced User Segment Solutions (GUS) Division, GNSS Business Unit, GMV, Madrid, Spain

PRS implementation status and national activities:

Christophe Mérieult, Navy Captain, Security Officer for European space program, Competent PRS authority,
General Secretariat for National Defence and Security, Paris, France, and

Benoît Malevergne, Commander, Position Navigation and Timing expert, French Air and Space Force, Paris, France

José Manuel Gorostiaga Ugalde, Head of Spanish Competent PRS Authority (ES CPA), National Institute for Aerospace Technology, Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain

19:15 End of Day 1