Program Day 2, March 17

Time zone: CET

10:30 -12:30    Networking. Global Meetups: Meet with the GNSS community from around Asia in an informal setting at a state-of-the-art online matchmaking event free of charge. The Global Meetups will be kicked-off by Dinka Dinkova, Acting Head of the International Relations and Communication Unit at DG DEFIS. Register now and book your first meeting!

13:00 - 18:30   Parallel Tracks

Life Applications

Improving Techniques

13:00 - 14:30

Session 3


Over the past decade, the agricultural sector adapted quickly to new and digital technologies, increasing the use of satellite navigation for day-to-day farming. With modern equipment and bigdata solutions, it is possible to use more efficiently fertilizer with the method of “Precision Farming”. Farmers are nowadays able to collect a multitude of data and gather broad knowledge about their crops and livestock in order to increase in profitability as well as sustainability. Autonomous robots are already operational for mechanical  weeding in vegetable crops and vineyards to avoid spreading herbicides. In this session, representatives of farm equipment manufacturers and experts in the field of modern agriculture will present and discuss current trends and solutions that take advantage of the benefits of satellite navigation for the future of farming.

Thierry Chapuis, Expert Space
Applications, CNES, Toulouse, France

Panel Members:

Christophe Aubé, Founder and President, AgreenCulture, Toulouse, France 

Reinhard Blasi, Market Development Officer/Acting Head of Communications, GSA, Prague, Czech Republic

Robert Fraune, Worldwide Director OEM Sales, Müller-Elektronik, Salzkotten, Germany

Dr. Thomas Engel, Manager Technology Innovation Strategy, John Deere GmbH & Co. KG, Mannheim, Germany

Klaus-Herbert Rolf, Network Manager,

CLAAS KGaA, Harsewinkel, Germany

Session 4


In the last decades, Navigation & Timing Systems design has been MEO satellites constellation based and pivoted around 3 main drivers, the individual
satellites ranging accuracy, the reduction of the dilution of precision/optimization of constellation geometry and the optimization of acquisition/tracking performance through different space and ground based techniques. Due to the vast adoption of PNT as one of the key engines for industrial growth across all sectors, the diversification of user communities and associated advanced needs is leading to a Navigation & Timing Systems Design revolution. This panel will address critical trends that may play a key role in future systems design (hybrid constellations including role of mega constellations, higher frequency bands usages including optical, usage of signals of opportunity for navigation, terrestrial vs satellite navigation systems complementarity,...). These topics will be addressed through a round table of public and private entities and international representatives that are currently leading the world vision into the future of navigation.

Miguel Manteiga Bautista, Head of
GNSS Evolution Programme and Strategy Division, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

José Ángel Ávila Rodríguez, GNSS Evolutions Principal Engineer, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Panel Members:

Justyna Redelkiewicz, GSA Market Development, Prague, Czech Republic

Roberto Prieto Cerdeira, GNSS R&D  Principal Engineer, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Dr. Fredrik Gunnarsson, Expert in RAN Automation and Positioning, Ericsson, Linkoping, Sweden

Dr. José A. del Peral-Rosado, Future Programmes Navigation Engineer, Airbus Defense and Space, Taufkirchen, Germany

Michel Monnerat, Navigation Domain Bid & Advanced Projects Director, Thales Alenia Space, Toulouse, France

Sandy Kennedy, Vice President Innovation, Hexagon’s Autonomy & Positioning Division, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

14:30 - 15:00

Have a break or attend the Round Table Discussion hosted by OHB on simplifying high precision services for sustainable agriculture

Moderator: Frank M. Salzgeber, Head of Innovation and Ventures Office, ESTEC, ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Life Applications

Improving Techniques

What comes next?

15:00 - 16:30

Session 5


Ground and satellite based GNSS Remote Sensing (GNSS-RS) developed during the recent two decades into a powerful and versatile tool for Earth System Research. A highlight and established application is the operational use of spaceborne GNSS radio occultation data from several satellite missions to improve the day-by-day global weather predictions of the leading forecast centers. The status and future developments of this key GNSS-RS application are reviewed. GNSS signals, reflected from water, ice and land surfaces (GNSS-Reflectometry, GNSS-R), enable
versatile geophysical applications such as sea surface altimetry, observation of wind speed and precipitation over oceans, and soil moisture or snow height observation on land. GNSS-R principles and applications are introduced and promising developments for a comprehensive Earth Observation
with small satellite constellations are presented.

Prof. Dr. Jens Wickert, German Research Centre for Geosciences, Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany

Panel Members:

Dr. Estel Cardellach, Distinguished Researcher, Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC/IEEC), Madrid, Spain

Dr. Dallas Masters, Director, Earth Observations/

GNSS, Spire Global Inc., Boulder CO, USA

Dr. Sean Healy, Senior Scientist, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), Reading, UK

Session 6

New Frontiers in GNSS Accuracy

“The technology is possible — and it’s incredible!” Recent advances in GNSS correction services bring unprecedented accuracy in near-real time without base stations: centimeter level with global availability. Our experts explain the algorithms of precise point positioning (PPP), real-time kinematic (RTK) and the newly achieved RTK+PPP; define the positioning requirements for high-precision applications in terms of accuracy, availability, continuity and convergence time; demonstrate testing to verify the new benchmarks; show performance with real-time transmission, raw data, corrections processing, and data set transmission; and give examples for PPP service and applications in dynamic operations. 

Alan Cameron, Editor-in-Chief, INSIDE GNSS magazine, Red Bank NJ, USA

Panel Members:

Prof. Dr. Peter J.G. Teunissen, Professor of Geodesy and Satellite Navigation, Curtin University, Perth, Australia, and Delft Technical University
Romain Zimmermann, Business Development Manager, Spirent Communications, London, UK

Paul Alves, Director Correction Services, Hexagon’s Autonomy & Positioning Division, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

André Bauerhin, Managing Director, spaceopal GmbH, Munich, Germany

Session 7


Following the 2016 declaration of Initial Services, the performance of Galileo will gradually improve as additional satellites and services are added. The session will provide the status of the system deployment, including an overview on the most innovative added-value elements and services to be introduced in the next few years. Some highlights on the various activities being performed towards the Galileo 2nd Generation (G2G) will be presented, too. The session will also provide up-to-date information on the Public Regulated Service (PRS) and its user segment technology, including some innovative development.
Joaquim Fortuny, Head of the Galileo Sector at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, Ispra, Italy
Dr. Stefan Baumann, Programme Manager, IABG, Ottobrunn, Germany

Panel Members:

Jeremie Godet, Deputy Head of Galileo and EGNOS Unit, DG Defence Industry and Space, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

Damien Bellier, Interministerial Delegate for GNSS, Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, General Commission for Sustainable Development, Paris, France

Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market Development Department, GSA, Prague, Czech Republic

Piotr Sitek, PRS Technical Officer, Security Department, GSA, Prague, Czech Republic

Dr. Jan Wendel, Expert Navigation Systems, Airbus Defense and Space Ottobrunn, Germany

Alexander Rügamer, Program Manager PRS, Satellite Based Positioning Systems Department, Fraunhofer IIS, Nuremberg, Germany​

16:30 - 17:00

Have a break 

or attend the Round Table Discussion hosted by Syntony on complex GNSS simulation

Life Applications

Improving Techniques

What comes next?

17:00 - 18:30

Session 8


This year´s Legal Session will focus on regulatory and cybersecurity aspects for automated and autonomous systems. Co-organized again by BHO Legal, the session will include high-level speakers from relevant international organizations, national ministries and industry providing insight on the current state in the development of suitable regulatory frameworks and on efforts in coping with ever-increasing cybersecurity threats. On the way from automated to increasingly autonomous systems, there are significant technical hurdles, including proper cybersecurity. The development also raises completely new aspects with regard to established legal principles such as causality, responsibility and – ultimately – liability.
Dr. Ingo Baumann, Partner, BHO Legal, Cologne, Germany
Dr. Oliver Heinrich, Partner, BHO Legal, Cologne, Germany

Panel Members:

Robert Gale, Marine Technology Policy Manager – Ship Standards, Maritime & Coastguard Agency, Southampton, UK

Patrick O’Keeffe, Managing Director, AMC Solutions, Kiel, Germany

Rita Sousa Uva, Legal Adviser, European Union Aviation Safety Agency, Cologne, Germany

Session 9


Over the last years Precise Point Positioning (PPP) techniques have demonstrated their capability to provide high accuracy positioning services at any location, reducing the support of any dense local or regional infrastructure. This paved the way for the provision of low cost high accuracy positioning services. Nowadays, many user communities, such as automotive, rail, maritime, agriculture, etc. are becoming enthusiastic about the potential of PPP techniques, and are now looking for, or implementing
solutions able to deliver certain levels of integrity. Some years ago the provision of safe PPP solutions was a dream, but today it is becoming a reality. This will enable a wide range of low cost new autonomous and safety of life applications.

Miguel Romay Merino, GNSS Executive Officer, GMV, Madrid, Spain

Panel Members:

Deane Bunce, Senior Engineer, Zeta Associates, Fairfax, VA, USA

Dr. Ignacio Fernandez-Hernandez, Administrator - Galileo Authentication and High Accuracy Service Manager, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

Dr. Sam Pullen, Senior Research Engineer, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Rodrigo Leandro, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Sapcorda Services GmbH, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Juan Ramón Martin, Business Development Manager Navigation, GMV, Madrid, Spain

Session 10


The session will cover innovations in terms of concepts, technologies and also applications related to the wide field of spacecraft navigation. This concerns both, the important topics of spacecraft navigation itself as well as trends and proposals for new system concepts and related technologies on board of future spacecraft. In this context, the activities of the UN - International Committee on GNSS (ICG) for establishing an interoperable GNSS Space Service Volume (SSV) - and associated standards will be addressed. The status of Kepler satellite navigation concept exploiting optical links and quantum technology is outlined and related to benefits in user applications. Further, mega- constellations in LEOs as a second shell beyond the conventional GNSS MEO constellation will be addressed and linked to the enormous benefits on user level for accurate and reliable carrier phase or Doppler based spacecraft navigation.


Prof. Dr. Werner Enderle, Head of
Navigation Support Office, ESA, Darmstadt, Germany

Panel Members:

Prof. Dr. Michael Meurer, Head of Navigation Department, Institute of Communications and Navigation, DLR, Oberpfaffenhofen/Wessling, Germany

Marlon Sorge, Principal Engineer, Space Innovation Directorate, The Aerospace Corporation, Albuquerque NM, USA

Prof. Dr. Werner Enderle


Conclusion and Farewell by Prof. Thomas Pany and the Summit Team