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Two further satellites have formally become part of Europe’s Galileo satnav system, broadcasting timing and navigation signals worldwide while also picking up distress calls across the planet. The growing number of Galileo users around the world will be able to benefit from the enhanced service availability and accuracy brought by these extra satellites.

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16 June 2017 is the last day paper abstracts on Earth Observation, Telecommunication and Navigation subjects can be submitted to the ESA Towards a Stratospheric High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites (HAPS) programme.

The ideas that will be submitted by participants and accepted will be discussed during the workshop to be held on 9 – 10 October 2017 in the Netherlands, at the Space Research and Technology Centre of the European Space Agency (ESA/ESTEC).

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9 June 2017 marked the official start of the Copernicus Relays and the Copernicus Academy. The "Copernicus Goes Local – Implementing the Space Strategy for Europe" event gathered more than 300 Earth Observation actors and industry representatives from across Europe at the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels. Marian Jean Marinescu, Member of the EP and Vice Chair of the European People's Party group (EPP) and Vice Chair of the Sky and Space Intergroup took active part in the event.

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The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has published its first European GNSS (Galileo) Initial Services Open Service (IS OS) quarterly performance report. The document covers the first three months of the year 2017 and can be downloaded online from the GSC Electronic Library.

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UPDATE 1 July: Submission phase for ESNC 2017 has been extended until 10 July.

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), the main organiser of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2017 in Romania, invites all those interested in applications based on satellite navigation systems to submit their ideas until 30 June. The national challenge is supported by three main partners: CS Romania, Siemens Convergence Creators SRL and the European Commission.

The ESNC competition offers significant prizes, the possibility to incubate a business idea, technical expertise, support for publicity and patent assistance. 

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