About ESSP

European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP) is an experienced and dynamic company specialised in the operations and service provision of satellite-based services for safety-critical applications. Its core activity is the operation and service provision of EGNOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service and now also, as the Iris Service Provider (ISP).

ESSP’s shareholders are 7 key European Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs): ENAIRE, DFS, DSNA, ENAV, NATS, Nav Portugal and Skyguide.

ESSP was founded on 2001 and currently the company continues its diversification, supporting the modernisation of European Air Traffic Management (ATM) services. ESSP’s ambition is to contribute to the digitalisation of Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) with the implementation of such services on a pan-European scale.

This will be achieved through satellite communication means, taking into account the experience gained from the successful EGNOS service. ESSP holds an Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) certificate, awarded on 12th July 2010 and an Iris Service Provider certificate, awarded on 20th July 2023 and is under continuous oversight by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).


ESSP, as the Iris Service Provider (ISP), is certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as pan-European communication service provider of Iris Service considered as an Aeronautical Mobile Satellite (Route) Service (AMS(R)S).

ESSP is the first-of-its kind to get EASA certificate through an Air Traffic Management (ATM)/Air Navigation Service (ANS) Service Provider Organisational Approval (AOA) for the provision of pan-European ATM/ANS data communication services.

Additionally ESSP is successfully certified in ISO9001 (Quality) and ISO27001 (Information Security) standards by AFNOR. These certificates are constantly maintained valid and cover all Iris scope of activities performed by ESSP.