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AI Boosting Satellite Navigation Capability, European Space Agency Says

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The program's CAMLIOT project applied machine learning to look for patterns in data related to variations in the ionosphere due to space weather and weather effects in the troposphere closest to the Earth's surface.

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The European Space Agency said Thursday that it is using artificial intelligence for satellite navigation.  

The engineering teams of the agency's NAVISP program are working with European industry and academics to "invent the future of navigation," it said, resulting in a growing portfolio of services to improve space and Earth weather forecasting, enhance autonomous car and boat performance and help to identify rogue drones in sensitive airspace.

The program aims to improve "satnav" performance by combining Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) with AI.

"AI comprises all techniques enabling computers to mimic intelligence, whether they be data analysis systems or the embedded intelligence overseeing an autonomous vehicle," Rafael Lucas Rodriguez, the head of the NAVISP Technical Programme Office, said in a statement.

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