The GNSS Research and Application Centre of Excellence (GRACE) will combine facilities from the Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy (IESSG) and the Centre for Geospatial Science (CGS). It aims to provide research, training and other support for industry, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs.
The project will be funded with a £3.4m grant from emda with additional investment from the university, which will be used to develop the facility on The University of Nottingham Innovation Park (UNIP).
The centre’s work will focus on the growth in applications for satellite navigation and positioning systems such as the American Global Positioning System (GPS) and the European Galileo system, which should be fully operational by 2013. It will also provide new technology transfer and business development opportunities.
Terry Moore, professor of satellite navigation and director of the IESSG said: ‘Satellite navigation is one of the most important growth technologies of the early 21st century. GPS will soon be joined by other systems, including Europe’s Galileo, and location and timing services provided by these systems are becoming a fundamental part of all our lives. This new venture will position the University and the East Midlands at the very front of the developments of this new technology, and it will allow us to expand our activities, and work with industry, in establishing a true Centre of Excellence in the East Midlands.’
GRACE will support industry locally and nationally by providing access to research, an expanded portfolio of training and education courses targeted at industrial needs, testing and simulation environments, and support for new applications development.