As part of its long-term strategy to foster education and promote the transfer of knowledge to the next generation of engineers and scientists, ESA has supported this summer the International Summer School on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).
The GNSS summer school was first introduced in 2007. This year, there was close coordination with ESA's Education Office and the ESA directorate of Navigation. The meeting was organised by the Institute of Geodesy and Navigation of the University FAF Munich in cooperation with Stanford University (USA) and the Institute Superieur de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace (France), with additional support from the University of Aalborg (Denmark) and Graz University of Technology (Austria).
The objective of the ESA summer school was to provide university students, early-stage researchers and young professionals with a comprehensive overview of the design and development of such satellite navigation systems, as well as their applications. The meeting was seen as an essential part of ESA's educational remit, since universities typically provide courses in specific fields of engineering, whereas satellite navigation requires an interdisciplinary approach.
In addition to lectures on fundamental aspects of satellite navigation by internationally renowned scientists, the programme covered the US Global Positioning System, Russia’s GLONASS, Europe’s Galileo system, the Chinese BEIDOU/COMPASS, the Japanese Quasi-Zenith Satellite System and the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).