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NovAtel awarded contract for Galileo development program

NovAtel Inc., a precise positioning technology company, announced today a CDN $1.6 million Space Technology Development Program (STDP) contract, awarded by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), for work to extend an initial proof of concept prototype Galileo receiver. Funding for this contract will be split 60/40 respectively between the CSA and NovAtel. Galileo is the European Union’s state-of-the-art GNSS system, which is expected to be fully operable by 2008 with up to 30 satellites orbiting the earth.

The STDP contract focuses on developing L1/E5A engineering receivers and L1/E5A transmitters for CSA evaluation and for possible monitoring of prototype Galileo satellites. The new receiver will be integrated into a modified version of NovAtel’s WAAS-G2 receiver and the transmitter will be based on an existing L1/L5 Signal Generator design.

Currently, NovAtel supplies GPS navigational receivers to national satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS) including the US WAAS, the European EGNOS, Japanese MSAS and Chinese SNAS.