The FGI performs navigation tests on board of the Aranda research vessel

The Finnish Geospatial Research Institute FGI is testing future GNSS navigation methods this week on board the research vessel Aranda of the Finnish Environment Institute. Staff of the geodesy and geodynamics department and of the navigation and positioning department have installed a range of GNSS receivers and antennas as well as an inertial measurement unit on board the research vessel. The instruments will continuously track the vessels position and attitude while the Aranda sails through different parts of the Baltic Sea according to its own research program.

The purpose of the study is to test the application of a future GNSS augmentation service for navigation at sea. In addition, the precision navigation data will be used to check the quality of the vertical datum (geoid) in the Baltic Sea.

The work is part of a larger project FAMOS Odin (Finalising Surveys for the Baltic Motorways of the Seas). The project is co-funded by the European Union under the Connecting Europe Facility and it comprises 15 organizations from 7 countries around the Baltic Sea. The project is coordinated by the Swedish Maritime Administration. The FAMOS project aims to improve the safety of marine transport by improving the depth data in the Baltic Sea as well as laying the foundation for high accurate vessel navigation in the future.

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Senior Research Scientist Mirjam Bilker-Koivula, +358 50 564 1400

Senior Research Scientist Hannu Koivula, +358 50 430 1639

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