USA. FAA tests modernised GPS signal with NovAtel receivers

Sunday, 19 November 2006

NovAtel Inc. (NASDAQ: NGPS), a precise positioning technology company, has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) successfully used NovAtel receivers in testing of the global positioning system IIF (GPS Block IIF) satellite, tracking both L5 and L2C signals. The GPS Block IIF is an upgrade of the original GPS. The receivers used were NovAtel's EuroPak-15a configurable, 16 channel GPS L1/L5 receiver, and the ProPak-V3 dual frequency L1/L2 receiver.

"This achievement confirms the ability of our receivers to track and process signals from the latest generation GPS Block IIF satellite. Ground testing of the satellite was performed by the FAA in conjunction with the US Air Force, which is developing the GPS Block IIF satellites and control segment," said Tony Murfin, Vice President Business Development. The US Air Force is directing and procuring improvements to the existing GPS constellation, introducing new technologies and capabilities to create a modernized satellite system.

The EuroPak-15a receiver may be user configured to track not only the basic GPS L1 signal, but also GPS L5 and L5 SBAS (Space Based Augmentation System - such as the US WAAS) signals. It can also be configured to track both GPS and Galileo L1 and E5a signals.

NovAtel's ProPak-V3 is a durable, high-performance receiver with advanced capabilities, including GLONASS measurements, USB communication and IMU support. The ProPak-V3 also features integrated L-band corrections from geosynchronous satellites such as OmniSTAR and CDGPS. With firmware upgrades, this receiver will also be capable of tracking future L5 signals as soon as they are available.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 November 2006 )