ADVANTAGE – Advanced Technologies for Navigation and Geodesy


Future generations of global navigation satellite systems are expected to take advantage of recent breakthroughs in optical clock and optical data communication technology, advancements in atom interferometry and new concepts for autonomous spacecraft operations. Within the project ADVANTAGE, innovative architectures for future navigation systems are envisaged, designed and developed with wide ranging benefits for society, industry and science.

ADVANTAGE is a joint project of the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) and the Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ). The project is funded for a period of three years by the Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft (HGF) within the framework of the “Impuls- und Vernetzungsfond” (Initiative and Networking Fund).

ADVANTAGE represents a joint effort of physicists, geodesists and engineers at the Helmholtz institutions DLR and GFZ. The project contributes to programme-oriented funding programs (POF) “Space”, “Geosystem: The Changing Earth” and “Atmosphere and Climate”. ADVANTAGE utilizes synergetic effects between important elements of these POF activities and thus further strengthens the impact of HGF.