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NovAtel Developing Galileo Receivers

NovAtel Inc. has announced a 220,000 euro (US$ 235,400) contract award for the initial development phase of the ground reference receiver for the European Galileo program. Work is to be completed by February 2003.



The contract was awarded by the European Space Agency (ESA).



Galileo is the European Union’s global navigation satellite system, expected to be in operation by 2008, with up to 30 satellites orbiting the earth.



NovAtel and ESA are working toward replacing this interim agreement with a full contract worth 500,000 euros. Work under the additional contract would be completed by the end of 2003.



The primary objective of the contract is to develop requirements for the Galileo Ground Reference Receiver (GRR). The secondary objective is to confirm and verify the specified performance by creating a software model of the receiver. NovAtel will also create a top-level structural design for the GRR. The program will progress through prototyping, full-scale development and qualification, and production. The receivers will be fielded at each Galileo reference site to provide constellation monitoring information for the control network.



“As a Canadian supplier, this is an important opportunity for NovAtel,” said Tony Murfin, NovAtel’s vice president of Business Development. “To be selected by ESA for initial development of key Galileo infrastructure is a significant award,” he said.



“The support we have been given by Canada and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has allowed NovAtel to bid and receive this contract. The award will be instrumental in positioning NovAtel to develop and build GRR’s for the Galileo program,” said Murfin.



SHIPS WAAS UNITS TO CHINA



NovAtel shipped additional WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) receivers to Shenzhen Shenyuan Trading Company on December 5 for use in the Chinese Satellite Navigation Augmentation System (SNAS).



The receivers will be used for phase 2 of the SNAS program and includes upgrades to mini-WAAS receivers delivered under Phase 1 in 2000.



The latest shipment has a value of $2.4 million.



The Chinese SNAS ground reference network infrastructure continues to expand in China with the installation of more reference sites. These receivers are functionally identical to those used in the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration WAAS and the Japanese MSAS (MTSAT satellite-based augmentation system.) The upgrades will bring full functionality to a number of Phase 1 receivers.



NovAtel’s WAAS receivers incorporate the company’s patented Narrow Correlator® and MEDLL® technologies, process WAAS signals from geo-stationary satellites, and include L1/L2 processing using Millennium® dual frequency receivers.



Based in Calgary, Alberta, NovAtel is a principle supplier of GPS receivers to ground reference networks around the world. The company provides precise global positioning and augmentation technologies in the marine, surveying, mining and agriculture industries.


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