Europe awards seven contracts for alternative PNT demos


An award notice was published on October 11 by the European Union for seven contracts with six different companies for the demonstration of non-GNSS positioning, navigation or synchronization solutions.

The winners are OPNT BV from the Netherlands; Seven Solutions SL from Spain; SPC Heure de France; GMV Aerospace of Spain; Satelles Inc. of the United States; and Locata Corporation of Australia.

Locata received two separate contract awards: one to demonstrate on-time delivery and the other for positioning.

According to EU project manager Ignacio Alcantrailla-Medina, some of the winners will demonstrate timeliness, positioning and others both. Locata received separate awards because the company provided separate responses for timing and positioning.

Eleven different companies responded to the tender, according to the announcement. No information was provided on unsuccessful bidders.

The EU tender for this project was announced in October 2020. The stated objective of the project is to better understand the available non-GNSS PNT technologies. The goal is to identify potential backups for GNSS during an outage. All the proposed technologies had to be able to operate independently of GNSS and have “no common point of failure with”.

Alcantrailla-Medina says the demonstration project is expected to last seven and a half months. In this context, a public event will be held at the EU Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy, in March or April 2022. This will be followed by a consolidated report on the project in May or June.

This consolidated report will be used in the next edition of the European Radionavigation Plan which will be released next autumn, according to Alcantrailla-Medina.

Companies that did not respond to the EU tender or were not selected for a contract may still have information on their products and services included in the consolidated report, said Alcantrailla- Medina. Now that all contracts for the demonstrations have been awarded, he is open to receiving information and can be contacted at the following address:

European Commission
DG Defense Industry and Space
Unit C2 – Satellite navigation
Avenue d’Auderghem 45, (BREY 7/297)
B-1049 Brussels / Belgium

e-mail: [email protected]

Dana A. Goward is President of the Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation


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