Galileo is a driver for various new coming applications targeting a broad field from mass market to professional, governmental and safety-critical applications. Along with the applications new challenging requirements have to be fulfilled targeting especially at a robust, resilient and ubiquitous provision of navigation information. This includes positioning in challenging environmental conditions such as e.g. in dense urban scenarios, in areas with potential radio interference or other types of radio propagation.

Setting out from this development, it is the aim of the DLR Special Prize to make a maximum benefit available for the user community by triggering new applications and solutions to meet the needs of the real World.

TOPIC 1: Resilient GNSS

Wide usage of GNSS requires reliable provision of position services with sufficient accuracy & availability and in case of safety-critical applications also integrity & continuity.

Challenge: Hardening PNT by robust designs or backup

Areas of search:

  • Making GNSS receivers robust in challenging conditions
  • Fusing GNSS data with other information of other sensors for Resilient PNT
  • Making the Galileo System itself even more robust against various sources of influences
  • Complementing PNT by Non-GNSS (…)


  • Identify the problem
  • Create a solution
  • Overcome nowadays limitations
  • Prepare for the future!


TOPIC 2: Early Services and Applications

Challenge: Utilization of Galileo Early Services as standalone system and/or in a Multi Constellation Environment

Areas of search:

  • Applications using Early Services of Galileo especially in challenging environments
  • Using Galileo in a Multi Constellation Context (…)


  • Technical and application oriented solutions
  • From space to spatial
  • Ready & robust
  • For the best usage of GNSS
  • With top-grade trust!

PRIZE 2017

The winner will receive a voucher for five man-months of DLR services to aid in the further development of their idea, including technical support for research activities, access to testing and simulation facilities, expert advice, and feasibility or concept studies. These services will thus support the idea’s eventual realisation. A mutual agreement between the winner and DLR about the focus of work is required.

The prize itself is a bundle of activities which are executed purely within DLR; there is no way to turn this in a cash prize to be paid to the winner or other external parties. While all contestants will demonstrate their innovation competence merely by participating, the winner will enjoy the added benefit having the DLR Special Prize on their record as a testament of quality.


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All ideas and innovations shall contribute to further optimise the operation and the evolution – by sharpening existing approaches as well as by completely new thoughts to refuel the ideas tank!


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