About Horizon 2020 Satellite Navigation Programme (HSNAV)

The European Space Agency has undertaken the technical and management implementation of the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation in Satellite Navigation (HSNAV), under delegation agreement by European Commission,.

Horizon 2020 (H2020) is the EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). It supports breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market while stimulating growth and creating jobs in Europe.

The objective of the HSNAV programme is to undertake research and technology development actions related to future generations European GNSS Infrastructures Galileo and EGNOS systems in order to prepare the replenishment and evolutions of such systems responding in coordination with the EC and the various stakeholders. The type of GNSS Evolutions activities includes system and segments studies, enabling technologies and scientific aspects.

The activities launched since 2016 have covered technology R&D for GNSS evolutions in space and ground, GNSS Galileo Evolutions System, Space Segment and Ground Segment Phase B0, system tools, satellite payload test-bed, EGNOS evolutions studies and GNSS science studies.

The initial technology R&D activities cover subjects on the area of Galileo evolutions platform (TT&C transponder, electrical propulsion, inter-satellite links) and payload subsystems and units (atomic clocks, signal generation, RF active and passive components), ground segment (novel reference station technologies) and user segment (Galileo and EGNOS evolutions test user receivers). 



Budget: overall around 227 M€ over 5 years (2015-2020), approved through Annual Work Plans

TRL Targeted (at the end of the activity): From 4 to 6 (at end of activity)

Procurement Policy: majority of actions are launched as Open Competition, with 100% funding

Call / ITT: Continuously throughout the year on EMITS

Workplans: the implementation status can be found here: Workplans Status