From GSA: Tests of Galileo OSNMA underway

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As reported by the European GNSS Agency – GSA, the Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA) is under test.

From the news: “Galileo has started testing Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OSNMA) in the signal-in-space, allowing the first-ever OSNMA-protected position fix to be successfully computed. Testing will continue over the next months, ahead of a so-called “public observation” phase. This is the first-ever transmission of authentication features in open GNSS signals of a global navigation system. The Galileo OSNMA is an authentication mechanism that allows GNSS receivers to verify the authenticity of GNSS information, making sure that the data they receive are indeed from Galileo and have not been modified in any way.”

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Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency, underlined that ““Galileo’s Open Service Navigation Message Authentication is one of its key differentiators. The additional robustness that it will provide to the Galileo signal will be critical for many applications, particularly those where security and trustworthiness are a priority, making the OSNMA a key component in any resilient PNT solution”.

When this internal testing phase will be completed, a public observation phase will begin. During this public phase, feedback will be gathered from users aiming to consolidate the service.

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