MISW Stakeholder day 24 June 2016

MISW: Space Weather Workshop

In late June, an international workshop was held to showcase the results of the project amongst key stakeholders. Participants included representatives from stakeholders such as the Centre National d’Études Spatiale (French Government Space Agency, CNES), the South-African National Space Agency (SANSA), the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA), the Italian Space Agency (ASI), the EGNOS Satellite Service Provider (ESSP), the Satellite Navigation South East Asia (NAVIS), together with representatives from the international scientific community.


The workshop was chaired by Dr Biagio Forte (University of Bath, coordinator of the project) and Mr Roberto Muscinelli (Thales Alenia Space Italia) and was

introduced by two keynote speakers: Dr Patricia Doherty (Director of the Institute for Scientific Research, Boston College, USA, also immediate Past-President of the ION and Vice-Chair of URSI Commission G) and Professor Susan Skone (Associate Vice-President for Research at the University of Calgary, Canada).


The event was hosted at the Thales Alenia Space Italia premises in Rome and combined 35 industry and scientific experts discussing about the project.


Credit: NASA, NOAA, and Professor S Skone, University of Calgary.


The project:

MISW (Mitigation of space weather threats to GNSS services) tackles the research challenges associated with GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and Space Weather to bring practical solutions right into the forefront of European Industry.

Space Weather can affect many modern technologies that we take for granted. One of the most common technologies found across many systems today is navigation and timing provided by the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

The main users of GNSS positioning are reliant on the inherent accuracy that the system can provide but this is not adequate for all applications. Aviation has its own augmentation solution called a Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) and the European version is called EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service).

EGNOS extends from Scandinavia in the north and extends towards Africa to the south. These regions experience strong gradients in delay and disruption of the signals from scintillation, both of which are significant issues for the EGNOS system and represent a clear technological barrier to the expansion of EGNOS geographically.

Overcoming these technological challenges within this project will allow the expansion of SBAS systems to previously un-instrumented regions at high and low latitudes.

The objectives of this project are to develop innovative algorithms to mitigate against space weather vulnerabilities (i.e. ionisation gradients and scintillation) at both receiver and system level to enable EGNOS over Africa, and to devise recommendations on best practices for GNSS future services with reference to space weather.

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme ([FP7/2007-2013]) under grant agreement N. 607081. www.misw.info


AT-RASC 2015 Registration is now open

at-rascUSRI SR-RASC 2015 will be the first edition of the newly established triennial URSI Atlantic Radio Science Conference as one of the URSI Flagship Conferences. AT-RASC 2015 will have an open scientific program composed of submitted papers within the domains covered by all ten Commissions of URSI.


More information about the conference can be found at www.at-rasc.com

University partners Met Office in space weather forecasting

Space weather can interfere with communications, damage satellites and overload electrical grids (courtesy of NASA)

Bath University’s Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering is a key partner in the UK’s first dedicated space weather forecast centre, which opens today (8 October). 

The Rt Hon Greg Clark, Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Universities and Science), is opening the Met Office Space Weather Centre, which is a key milestone in the protection of the UK economy and infrastructure from the real threat of severe space weather events.

Based at the Met Office’s headquarters in Exeter, the Centre is the culmination of more than three years’ work to combine the space weather resources and scientific expertise of the UK and USA and was made possible by £4.6 million funding from Government. It is operational 24/7 providing space weather forecasts and developing an early warning system aimed at protecting critical infrastructure from the impacts of space weather. read more…