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Australian varsity, JAXA to develop new GNSS

Australia: Australian Technical University, RMIT has reached an agreement with the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) to develop a new global satellite navigation system. Under the agreement, JAXA will loan two GNSS receivers to RMIT to conduct the Multi-GNSS Joint Experiment in the Asia-Oceania Multi-GNSS Demonstration Campaign. A series of evaluation activities will be conducted over a period of five years.

These evaluation trials will include the JAXA Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) which is a network of multiple satellites in orbits with zenith paths over Japan.

The receivers will be located at the Bundoora campus, in a permanent GNSS tracking station being built by the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences.

Australia is one of the few countries in the world that will be able to receive the QZSS signals and it is expected to have a significant impact for local GNSS users as it enhances the integrity of existing satellite systems in addition to increasing the number of visible satellites in dense urban areas.

RMIT Space Research Centre Project leader Dr Suelynn Choy, from the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences said, “We will be demonstrating the benefits and impacts of having more satellite signals and more accurate satellite positioning, navigation and timing services.”

Source: The Register