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THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

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Opportunities

Satellite Air Interface for Railway Control Communications

Closing date: 04 October 2019

The objective of the activity is to develop and demonstrate a satellite air interface for railway control communications. The activity will validate the development using realistic packet level simulations and will implement a transceiver in software-defined radio.

GNSS Receiver Chain Technology Enabler and Integrity Techniques for the Railway Environment

Closing date: 09 April 2019

The objective of this activity is to develop a railway GNSS receiver chain technology enabler, to support the testing and validation of integrity concepts, algorithms, and techniques for receivers in a railway environment.

Proving Train Integrity Using Satellite Navigation Services For Train Control A…

Closing date: 20 July 2018

The study will propose a roadmap for implementation and demonstration of the proposed solution. It is envisaged that the study will be supported by key users and stakeholders, who will contribute to requirements and explore opportunities for demonstrating the proposed solution through a potential follow-up Demonstration Project.

Techniques Supporting Resilience For High Integrity Train Control Applications

Closing date: 02 July 2018

This activity aims to assess, design and test techniques for improving robustness of GNSS carrier tracking in the railway environment for railway Safety of Life applications. The activity focuses on the use of GNSS positioning for virtual balise detection in the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS).

 

System Suitability Study For Train Positioning Using GNSS In ERTMS In 2020

Closing date: 15 February 2018

The objective of this activity is to study the suitability of the current generation of SBAS for use in an evolution of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) using GNSS for virtual balise detection. This activity focuses on the current generation of the European SBAS, EGNOS v2 (GPS L1 only).

NEWS AND EVENTS

ESA Supports European Railway Industry in the Development of “Game-changing” Satellite Functions for the Long-Term Evolution of ERTMS

ESA supports ETCS Level 3 and Satellite positioning to improve ERMTS operational performance and reduce the cost of the overall system.

New study: satcoms for the rail industry

The feasibility of using satellite communications for rail communications is the subject of a new study prepared for the European Railway Agency by INDRA and ALG

GNSS-based rail signalling gets world premiere in Australia

A new rail line in Australia uses GNSS positioning for ERTMS signalling, introducing the concept of virtual balises for ERTMS Level 2 solutions. It has obtained SIL4 certification, the stringent safety integrity level which is required by train control systems. 

Improving Internet access on high-speed trains

WIth the support of ESA through the ARTES programme, 21net has built a system that seemlessly integrates satcoms to improve the user experience of WiFi on high-speed trains.

Workshop: Managing Rail Mobile Communications Evolution

At this event, ESA's Michele Castorina & Christian Wullems will be giving a presentation: Satellite for rail use (GNSS and satcoms)

Projects

SUMO4Rail

Status date: 18 August 2021

SUMO4Rail aims at a concise evaluation of the German ground motion service (Boden-Bewegungs Dienst – BBD) deformation products with dedicated consideration of the requirements of the Eisenbahn-Bundesamt (German Federal Railway Authority, Germany – EBA) including the valorization of these deformation products for the EBAs monitoring and decision support system.

DINoS5G

Status date: 18 August 2021

DINoS5G project aims to develop an end-to-end platform from integration of High Throughput Satellite (HTS) system and 5G terrestrial infrastructure, enabling communications for an advanced diagnostic service in the railway environment. The platform provides communication interfaces to applications for real-time monitoring and “smart” predictive maintenance services of the railway infrastructure.

CertiPro - Certifiable Railway Trackworker Individual Protection

Status date: 11 August 2021

In this truly European project, an innovative railway track worker protection system will be evaluated for its reliability and its ability to enhance the safety of railway track workers. The goal is to demonstrate the safety capabilities of the track worker protection system in a real environment, integrated into the challenging infrastructure of a railway operator in Italy.

SEMOR

Status date: 26 January 2021

To set up a Worksite Protection System prototype introducing individual protection to improve workers safety and cutting delay in train traffic movements due to the limitation of the process based on current ATWS.

VOLIERA

Status date: 06 February 2020

VOLIERA aims to develop an innovative multi-sensor component aimed at providing relative and absolute position and odometry information suitable for the railway environment.