Safran takes part in the development of EGNOS, the European system responsible for improving the performance of satellite geolocation

Toulouse, France - 24 May 2018

Safran Engineering Services has been chosen by Airbus Defence & Space to provide a software component for EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service), the European system responsible for improving the performance of satellite geolocation. This new critical software development contract will allow it to enter the space industry, in addition to aeronautics. 

This third version of the EGNOS system - which was entrusted to Airbus Defence & Space and financed by the European Commission, under the responsibility of the European Space Agency - aims to be more accurate, in order to increase air traffic. Airbus Defence & Space has contracted Safran Engineering Services for the development of the Integrity Chain Facility software component, the aim of which is to verify the integrity of the navigation system developed by the computing center.

"This is our first partnership with Airbus Defence & Space on a complete software work package. We are very proud to support this new client and to enter the space industry. It is thanks to our expertise in the development of critical on-board software, landing gears and aircraft computers, as well as the attention we bring to commercial offerings, that we were awarded this contract. We now have four years to develop the solution. We will then handle maintenance of the service over the subsequent four years," said Grégory Mayeur, President of Safran Engineering Services.

"A newcomer in satellite navigation, Safran brings a great deal of credibility in the development of the integrity chain and its critical software," declared Philippe Charvet, EGNOS V3 Project Manager, Airbus.

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 58,000 employees and sales of 16.5 billion euros in 2017. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange, and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices

Safran Engineering Services offers advanced engineering services for the aerospace, energy and ground transportation. Building on 30 years of experience, the company calls on 3,000 engineers in nine different countries.

For more information: www.safran-group.com and www.safran-engineering.com / Follow @Safran and @SafranElectric on Twitter.

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