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Press release: Vidal Ashkenazi awarded OBE in 2017 New Year's Honours list for services to SCIENCE


Vidal AshkenaziProfessor Vidal Ashkenazi OBENottingham, UK - Nottingham Scientific Ltd (NSL) is pleased to announce that Prof Vidal Ashkenazi, Founder and CEO of NSL, has been awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Year's Honours List for Services to Science.

Vidal has been involved with the geodetic aspects of positioning by using satellites from the earliest days. In 1976 he was invited by the US National Geodetic Survey (NGS) to assist with the development of geodetic coordinate systems, the framework that is still used today by satellite navigation (satnav) and mapping systems.

Professor Ashkenazi was an academic at the University of Nottingham from 1965 to 1998, and the founding Director of the Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy, one of the leading space geodesy research institutes in the world. He supervised around 50 doctoral (PhD) students, many of whom now occupy senior positions in universities and industry around the world.

He published several hundred papers in professional journals, and acted as a Consultant to a large number of government and commercial organisations in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

In the late 1990s, Vidal became aware that, although GPS was designed and developed as a military system, its main advantage to the US was economic. This was the message he delivered, when he was invited in 2003 to address the Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels, and hence the need for the EU to have its own Satellite Navigation System. Europe's Galileo system entered into service in December 2016.

Vidal Ashkenazi, who has doctorates in Philosophy and Physical Science from Oxford University, is a member of a large number of professional organisations, and has received distinction awards from several of them, most notably the Royal Institute of Navigation.

Following his academic career, Professor Ashkenazi founded Nottingham Scientific Ltd (NSL), to commercialise the innovation and expertise developed at Nottingham and other UK universities.

Vidal Ashkenazi is a recognised figure on the international scene of conferences and congresses, to which he is invited regularly either to deliver keynote presentations or to organise and chair Round Table Panel Discussions.

Speaking about his award, Vidal said:

“I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded an OBE. However, even more importantly, at long last this award recognises the contribution of scientists and technologists to society in terms of satellite positioning, navigation and timing.”



Notes to editors:

  1. NSL is a UK based SME providing world-leading satellite navigation technologies for applications and markets that are regarded as critical in terms of national policy, safety, and security.
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NSL and qinetiq awarded for galileo prs receiver

grippaprsGalileo PRS position on a mobile phoneNSL and Qinetiq have won the BMVI Special Prize at the European Satellite Navigation Competion 2016 awards.

Selected by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), the GRIPPA solution implements the PRS on a mobile phone.  The phone is fitted with a customised Galileo PRS sleeve with the signals processed server-side using the NSL-QINETIQ patented technique.

Recognised as the world's most commercially advanced solution for end-users, GRIPPA is perfectly suited for use by the police and emergency services and other high volume civilian users of Galileo PRS.  

The Public Regulated Service (PRS) offered by Galileo, the European Satellite Navigation System, is the only encrypted navigation signal under civilian control, ensuring maximum protection against spoofing and advanced resistance against jamming.  PRS can only be used by authorised agencies and users, such as governments, security authorities, emergency and rescue services within EU Member States.

For full details, please see the competition announcement.




SBAS AFRICA Alive and Kicking

SBAS Africa is transmitting a live signal over the Republic of South Africa.  Centred at the L1 frequency, the signal contains modulated data that augments GPS position and navigation providing accuracy and saftey improvements over standard GPS.  In most cases, no additional hardware is used as SBAS (Space Based Augmentation System) is a recognised aviation standard that is already implemented in many GPS receivers.  The SBAS Africa signal is transmitted over the Artemis satellite on satellite PRN number 130.

NSL have developed and installed our SAGE GNSS reference stations, have participated within the ground uplink station safety hardware, and will be providing demonstrations to different user communities. Click on the gallery below to see a slideshow of the installations.

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The SBAS-Africa project (http://sbas-africa.avantiplc.com/) is an industry led initiave co-funded by the UK Space Agency (UKSA) under the International Partnership Space Programme (IPSP) has been made possible by a collaboration between the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the UK Space Agency (UKSA). The goals have been realised through the highly successful partnership between Avanti Communications, GMV, NSL, Pildo Labs, Adroit Economics, University of Bath, TAS UK, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), and Ghana Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA).